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.
Gaia’s first asteroid discoveries29 April 2019
Gaia’s first asteroid discoveries29 April 2019 While scanning the sky to chart a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy, ESA’s Gaia satellite is also sensitive to celestial bodies closer to home, and regularly observes asteroids in our Solar System.
Comet cat26 April 2019
Comet cat26 April 2019 From a distance of five million kilometres to within 20 metres, ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft captured images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from all angles.
Connecting to Solar Orbiter04 April 2019
Connecting to Solar Orbiter04 April 2019 In this image, ESA’s new Solar Orbiter spacecraft is seen during preparations for a vibration test campaign at the IABG facility in Ottobrunn, Germany, in March 2019.