Titan’s swirling polar cloud is cold and toxic01 October 2014
Titan’s swirling polar cloud is cold and toxic01 October 2014 The international Cassini mission has revealed that a giant, toxic cloud is hovering over the south pole of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, after the atmosphere has cooled in a dramatic fashion.
Four candidate landing sites for ExoMars 2018 01 October 2014
Four candidate landing sites for ExoMars 2018 01 October 2014 Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.
European pioneers: ESRO-1A and 1B30 September 2014
European pioneers: ESRO-1A and 1B30 September 2014 Forty-five years ago this week, the ESRO-1B satellite was launched. One of a pair of satellites that formed the basis of ESRO’s scientific programme, ESRO-1B took to the skies on 1 October 1969.
Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November26 September 2014
Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November26 September 2014 The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November.
GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss26 September 2014
GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss26 September 2014 Although not designed to map changes in Earth’s gravity over time, ESA’s extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.
Opening doors to space24 September 2014
Opening doors to space24 September 2014 The same device that opens doors on buses and planes could be used to meet peak energy demands on satellites.
ESA spaceplane on its way23 September 2014
ESA spaceplane on its way23 September 2014 The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is ready to fly and left the Netherlands today for the launch site in French Guiana.
Winter in Argyre19 September 2014
Winter in Argyre19 September 2014 Over billions of years, the southern uplands of Mars have been pockmarked by numerous impact features, which are often so closely packed that they overlap. One such feature is Hooke crater, shown in this frost-tinged scene, imaged by ESA’s Mars Expres...
Lemon juice: new ingredient for space designers?18 September 2014
Lemon juice: new ingredient for space designers?18 September 2014 Corrosion resistance and high strength put stainless steel high on the list of essential materials for satellite and rocket designers. Now ESA plans to investigate an alternative, environmental-friendly method of readying this important metal.
Hands-free in space and under water16 September 2014
Hands-free in space and under water16 September 2014 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is looking forward to flying to the International Space Station next year but until yesterday he was underwater trying out a handy new device he will use in space.
‘J’ marks the spot for Rosetta’s lander15 September 2014
‘J’ marks the spot for Rosetta’s lander15 September 2014 Rosetta’s lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.