Schiaparelli landing investigation completed24 May 2017
Schiaparelli landing investigation completed24 May 2017 The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely.
Sentinel-2 captures coral bleaching of Great Barrier Reef24 May 2017 Scientists observed the bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef early this year using satellite images. While capturing these events from space has been difficult in the past, Sentinel-2’s frequent revisits and its resolution makes it possible.
Saving time in space18 May 2017
Saving time in space18 May 2017 Working inside the International Space Station is sometimes like assembling complex furniture but with the tools and paper instructions continually floating out of reach. Astronauts also face situations unforeseen by the instructions. Communication de...
Novel use of satnav saves precious water12 May 2017
Novel use of satnav saves precious water12 May 2017 Water conservation is a growing concern globally, and particularly for farmers in the USA, where decades of irrigating huge fields has depleted vital resources of fresh surface water and groundwater. An ESA spin-off that can help to preserve water sup...
Negribreen on the move12 May 2017
Negribreen on the move12 May 2017 Rapid acceleration of an Arctic glacier over the past year has been detected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites.
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon11 May 2017
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon11 May 2017 If you could fly a CubeSat to the Moon, what could such a tiny satellite do there? ESA posed this question – and now four proposals will be studied in more detail for possible flight over the coming decade.
Ariane 5’s second liftoff this year05 May 2017
Ariane 5’s second liftoff this year05 May 2017 Ariane 5 has delivered two telecom satellites, SGDC and Koreasat-7, into their planned orbits.
Test site for ESA-backed airbreathing engine04 May 2017
Test site for ESA-backed airbreathing engine04 May 2017 Work began today on building the UK’s latest rocket engine test facility, designed for firing the engine core of the ESA-backed SABRE propulsion system within three years.
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun’s heat03 May 2017 Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight – proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements on the Moon.
Satellites track Antarctic ice loss over decades02 May 2017 Over two decades of observations by five radar satellites show the acceleration of ice loss of 30 glaciers in Western Palmer Land in the southwest Antarctic Peninsula.
Monitoring the airways28 April 2017
Monitoring the airways28 April 2017 Astronauts in space are valuable sources of scientific data. Researchers collect blood and urine samples to understand what effects living in weightlessness has on their bodies. For one experiment, investigators are interested in their breath.