ESA marks #Asteroid Day21 June 2017
ESA marks #Asteroid Day21 June 2017 The United Nations has declared 30 June to be International Asteroid Day, and ESA is joining other space agencies, astronauts, scientists and even rock stars for a 24-hour global telethon.
Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire21 June 2017
Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire21 June 2017 ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite has captured the forest fire raging in central Portugal, revealing blackened scars and columns of smoke as well as pinpointing active fire hotspots.
Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward20 June 2017 The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class mission in ESA’s Science programme, while the Plato exoplanet hunter moves into development.
Return to the blue19 June 2017
Return to the blue19 June 2017 How do you prepare for space missions on Earth? One way is to simulate an expedition into space underwater. Yesterday, six aquanauts dived almost 20 m to the sea floor where they will spend 10 days living and working below the waves.
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites19 June 2017
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites19 June 2017 Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces.
Keeping the rhythm in space15 June 2017
Keeping the rhythm in space15 June 2017 Space is an inhospitable environment for the human body but we adapt remarkably well. Within hours, the brain adjusts to the lack of an up or down, as if floating is all it has ever known. Now researchers are learning how our internal clock simil...
Satellites forewarn of locust plagues13 June 2017
Satellites forewarn of locust plagues13 June 2017 Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security.
The future of the Orion constellation09 June 2017
The future of the Orion constellation09 June 2017 A new video, based on measurements by ESA’s Gaia and Hipparcos satellites, shows how our view of the Orion constellation will evolve over the next 450 000 years.
Window to a watery past on Mars08 June 2017
Window to a watery past on Mars08 June 2017 This 70 km-wide crater and its surrounds offer a window into the watery past of the Red Planet.
Galileo grows: two more satellites join working constellation08 June 2017 Two further satellites have formally become part of Europe’s Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet.
Quantifying the effects of climate change05 June 2017
Quantifying the effects of climate change05 June 2017 Last year was the hottest on record, Arctic sea ice is on the decline and sea levels continue to rise. In this context, satellites are providing us with an unbiased view of how our climate is changing and the effects it is having on our planet.
Thomas Pesquet returns to Earth02 June 2017
Thomas Pesquet returns to Earth02 June 2017 ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed on the steppe of Kazakhstan today with Russian commander Oleg Novitsky in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft after six months in space. Touchdown was at 14:10 GMT after a four-hour flight from the International Space Stat...