ESA’s new mission to intercept a comet 20 June 2019
ESA’s new mission to intercept a comet 20 June 2019 ‘Comet Interceptor’ has been selected as ESA’s new fast-class mission in its Cosmic Vision Programme. Comprising three spacecraft, it will be the first to visit a truly pristine comet or other interstellar object that is only just starting its j...
A unique experiment to explore black holes23 May 2019
A unique experiment to explore black holes23 May 2019 What happens when two supermassive black holes collide? Combining the observing power of two future ESA missions, Athena and LISA, would allow us to study these cosmic clashes and their mysterious aftermath for the first time.
Two merging black holes23 May 2019
Two merging black holes23 May 2019 Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the Universe. Enclosing huge amounts of mass in relatively small regions, these compact objects have enormous densities that give rise to some of the strongest gravitational fields in the cosm...
How Venus and Mars can teach us about Earth14 May 2019
How Venus and Mars can teach us about Earth14 May 2019 One has a thick poisonous atmosphere, one has hardly any atmosphere at all, and one is just right for life to flourish – but it wasn’t always that way. The atmospheres of our two neighbours Venus and Mars can teach us a lot about the past and future s...
Earth’s evil twin14 May 2019
Earth’s evil twin14 May 2019 Appearances can be deceiving. This thick, cloud-rich atmosphere rains sulphuric acid and below lie not oceans but a baked and barren lava-strewn surface. Welcome to Venus.
Scientists get to the bottom of a ‘spitting’ black hole30 April 2019 Data from ESA’s Integral high-energy observatory have helped shed light on the workings of a mysterious black hole found spitting out ‘bullets’ of plasma while rotating through space.