An ecosystem in a box 19 January 2015
An ecosystem in a box 19 January 2015 An unusual package was delivered to a hotel in Beijing, China, in 1987 containing a batch of blue–green algae that would spend five days in space in a capsule. The ESA-led MELiSSA project was on its way.
Satellites helping to assess risk of epidemics01 December 2014
Satellites helping to assess risk of epidemics01 December 2014 Learning about our enemy through satellites is helping us to combat diseases spread by insects and other pests.
Satellites help map infectious disease vectors 24 November 2014
Satellites help map infectious disease vectors 24 November 2014 Globalised travel, trade, and the changing environment allow certain disease-spreading insects, and tourists infected with these diseases, to travel further, with greater ease, than ever before. Europe is now at risk of hitherto unfamiliar illnesses t...
Eye-catching space technology restoring sight03 November 2014
Eye-catching space technology restoring sight03 November 2014 Laser surgery to correct eyesight is common practice, but did you know that technology developed for use in space is now commonly used to track the patient’s eye and precisely direct the laser scalpel?
Portable telemedicine device for medics10 January 2014
Portable telemedicine device for medics10 January 2014 A robust portable device for monitoring vital signs and providing communications for medics developed with the support of ESA offers a lifeline even in the remotest areas on Earth via satcoms.
Space in your heart05 December 2013
Space in your heart05 December 2013 An artificial heart containing miniaturised space technology will soon beat inside a person, having now been approved for human trials in France.