Hundreds of impacts crater ESA’s Columbus science laboratory23 January 2019
Hundreds of impacts crater ESA’s Columbus science laboratory23 January 2019 On 6 September 2018, the 17-metre arm attached to humankind’s most distant outpost began to move. Its instructions were to survey the spaceship’s European science laboratory for signs of impact damage from marauding bits of space rock or space debris.
Join the #AuroraHunters17 January 2019
Join the #AuroraHunters17 January 2019 It’s difficult to comprehend the size and sheer power of our Sun, a churning ball of hot gas 4.6 billion years old and 1.3 million times larger than Earth, which emits solar wind — the constant stream of electrons, protons and atomic particles — and r...
CubeSats joining Hera mission to asteroid system07 January 2019
CubeSats joining Hera mission to asteroid system07 January 2019 When ESA’s planned Hera mission journeys to its target binary asteroid system, it will not be alone. The spacecraft will carry two tiny CubeSats for deployment around – and eventual landing on – the Didymos asteroids. Each companion spacecraft will be...
Learning from lunar lights07 December 2018
Learning from lunar lights07 December 2018 Every few hours observing the Moon, ESA’s ‘NELIOTA’ project discovers a brilliant flash of light across its surface – the result of an object hurtling through space and striking our unprotected rocky neighbour at vast speed. Based at the Kryoneri tele...
Andrea Milani (1948–2018)29 November 2018
Andrea Milani (1948–2018)29 November 2018 Today ESA’s Hera and NEO teams mourn the loss of Italian mathematician and astronomer Andrea Milani, a leading figure in Europe’s space science community.
ESA rocks space weather05 November 2018
ESA rocks space weather05 November 2018 This week, to coincide with the fifteenth annual European Space Weather Week, ESA is celebrating the dynamic phenomenon of space weather.