Water in space22 March 2019
Satellites key to addressing water scarcity 22 March 2019
Satellites key to addressing water scarcity 22 March 2019 Today is World Water Day, but with millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggling to cope in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, the notion of water shortages may not be at the forefront of our minds right now. Even so, floods, like we se...
ExoMars landing platform arrives in Europe with a name21 March 2019 The platform destined to land on the Red Planet as part of the next ExoMars mission has arrived in Europe for final assembly and testing – and been given a name.
Testing the value of artificial gravity for astronaut health21 March 2019 Test subjects in Cologne, Germany will take to their beds for 60 days from 25 March as part of a groundbreaking study, funded by European Space Agency ESA and US space agency NASA, into how artificial gravity could help astronauts stay healthy in space.
Land-cover dynamics unveiled21 March 2019
Land-cover dynamics unveiled21 March 2019 Billions of image pixels recorded by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission have been used to generate a high-resolution map of land-cover dynamics across Earth’s landmasses. This map also depicts the month of the peak of vegetation and gives new insight i...
Giant ‘chimneys’ vent X-rays from Milky Way’s core 20 March 2019
Giant ‘chimneys’ vent X-rays from Milky Way’s core 20 March 2019 By surveying the centre of our Galaxy, ESA’s XMM-Newton has discovered two colossal ‘chimneys’ funneling material from the vicinity of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole into two huge cosmic bubbles.
Copernicus Sentinel-1 maps floods in wake of Idai 20 March 2019
Copernicus Sentinel-1 maps floods in wake of Idai 20 March 2019 As millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere’s worst storm, Copernicus Sentinel-1 is one of the satellite missions being used to map flooded areas to help relief...
Taking gravity from strength to strength20 March 2019
Taking gravity from strength to strength20 March 2019 Ten years ago, ESA launched one of its most innovative satellites. GOCE spent four years measuring a fundamental force of nature: gravity. This extraordinary mission not only yielded new insights into our gravity field, but led to some amazing discove...
ESA’s Hera asteroid mission borrows eyes of NASA’s Dawn18 March 2019 The mission to the smallest asteroid ever explored will employ the same main camera as the mission to the largest asteroids of all. ESA’s proposed Hera spacecraft to the Didymos asteroid pair has inherited its main imager from NASA’s Dawn mission to t...
ESA greenlight for UK's air-breathing rocket engine14 March 2019
ESA greenlight for UK's air-breathing rocket engine14 March 2019 The development programme of the world’s first air-breathing rocket engine has taken an additional significant step forward, which will lead to major testing milestones being undertaken within the next 18 months.
Sentinels monitor converging ice cracks14 March 2019
Sentinels monitor converging ice cracks14 March 2019 The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission shows how cracks cutting across Antarctica’s Brunt ice shelf are on course to truncate the shelf and release an iceberg about the size of Greater London – it’s just a matter of time.
Floating ideas for an airlock near the Moon13 March 2019
Floating ideas for an airlock near the Moon13 March 2019 Assembly of a new habitable structure near the Moon, known as the Gateway, is scheduled to begin in 2023. The international project will allow humans to explore farther than ever before and it brings new opportunities for European design in space.