Powering the future with lunar soil18 July 2019
Powering the future with lunar soil18 July 2019 Building a lunar base would be one of the next logical steps in our exploration of the Solar System, but the survival of a future crew depends on access to a reliable source of energy. An ESA Discovery & Preparation study explored how lunar regoli...
October’s ESA Open Day looks to the Moon10 July 2019
October’s ESA Open Day looks to the Moon10 July 2019 Come to ESA’s technical heart this October to meet veteran Apollo astronauts and hear from engineers designing future European missions to the Moon. This year’s ESA Open Day at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will take place on Sunday 6 October –...
Upside-down 3D-printed skin and bone, for humans to Mars09 July 2019 3D printing human tissue could help keep astronauts healthy all the way to Mars. An ESA project has produced its first bioprinted skin and bone samples.
Jumping space robot ‘flies’ like a spacecraft04 July 2019
Jumping space robot ‘flies’ like a spacecraft04 July 2019 Astronauts on the Moon found themselves hopping around, rather than simply walking. Switzerland’s SpaceBok planetary exploration robot has followed their example, launching all four legs off the ground during tests at ESA’s technical heart.
When CubeSats meet asteroid28 June 2019
When CubeSats meet asteroid28 June 2019 ESA’s Hera mission for planetary defence, being designed to survey the smallest asteroid ever explored, is really three spacecraft in one. The main mothership will carry two briefcase-sized CubeSats, which will touch down on the target body. A French...
Will DART make its target asteroid go wobbly? Hera will see27 June 2019 There are models and simulations, but nobody knows exactly what is going to happen after NASA’s DART impactor crashes into the smaller of the two Didymos asteroids at 6.6 km/s – humankind’s first full-scale deflection test for planetary defence.