ESA identifies demand for satellites around the Moon16 July 2019 Dozens of very different commercial and institutional missions to the Moon are planned for the coming decades. These encompass everything from NASA’s manned Lunar Gateway research station and cubesats from start-ups and universities to commercial lan...
To the Moon – down south16 July 2019
To the Moon – down south16 July 2019 Half a century ago humans stepped on the Moon for the first time in a set of sorties that awed the world. Over the years since we have explored our Solar System with robotic scouts and established a permanent human presence in space with the Internati...
Call from Mars winners shortlisted20 June 2019
Call from Mars winners shortlisted20 June 2019 Eleven finalists have been chosen to have their recordings sent to the Red Planet on the ExoMars 2020 mission. The joint ESA-Roscosmos mission will investigate, among other things, signs of lightning on Mars using a scientific instrument mounted on t...
Getting ready for Mars – on the Space Station 27 May 2019
Getting ready for Mars – on the Space Station 27 May 2019 From disrupted biological clocks to radiation and contamination hazards, Europe is running experiments on the International Space Station to take human exploration one step closer to Mars.
Europe to Mars – and back!27 May 2019
Europe to Mars – and back!27 May 2019 Europe has been in orbit around Mars for more than 15 years and is almost a year away from launching its first rover mission, but ambitions are already running high to go one step further: returning a sample from the Red Planet.
Developing a high-performance rocket motor for the Heracles mission to the Moon16 May 2019 ESA has kicked off an activity with the British-Norwegian supplier Nammo to develop a high-performance rocket motor for its lunar exploration program.