Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat 26 January 2015
Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat 26 January 2015 ESA’s Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comet’s dusty surface, watching 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four years.
Satellites for peat’s sake26 January 2015
Satellites for peat’s sake26 January 2015 Satellites can help us to safeguard nature’s richest carbon storehouses – peatlands.
Integral manoeuvres for the future23 January 2015
Integral manoeuvres for the future23 January 2015 Since 2002, ESA’s Integral spacecraft has been observing some of the most violent events in the Universe, including gamma-ray bursts and black holes. While it still has years of life ahead, its fuel will certainly run out one day.
Satellites catch Austfonna shedding ice23 January 2015
Satellites catch Austfonna shedding ice23 January 2015 Rapid ice loss in a remote Arctic ice cap has been detected by the Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites.
Getting to know Rosetta’s comet22 January 2015
Getting to know Rosetta’s comet22 January 2015 Rosetta is revealing its host comet as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution.
Mysteries in Nili Fossae22 January 2015
Mysteries in Nili Fossae22 January 2015 These new images from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express show Nili Fossae, one of the most enticing regions on Mars. This ‘graben system’ lies northeast of the volcanic region of Syrtis Major on the northwestern edge of the large...
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.
Beagle-2 lander found on Mars16 January 2015
Beagle-2 lander found on Mars16 January 2015 The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA’s Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.
Rejigging the Cluster quartet16 January 2015
Rejigging the Cluster quartet16 January 2015 Aiming to study Earth’s ‘bow shock’ in the solar wind, the constellation of Cluster satellites is being rejigged to bring two of the four to within almost touching distance.
Vega ready to launch spaceplane14 January 2015
Vega ready to launch spaceplane14 January 2015 On its first launch of the year, Europe’s Vega rocket will loft ESA’s unmanned spaceplane to test reentry technologies for future vehicles.
Fresh supplies and experiments for Samantha13 January 2015
Fresh supplies and experiments for Samantha13 January 2015 Yesterday, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore captured the Dragon spacecraft with its supplies and new experiments for the six astronauts living 400 km above our planet.
CleanSat: new satellite technologies for cleaner low orbits 12 January 2015
CleanSat: new satellite technologies for cleaner low orbits 12 January 2015 What goes up must go down. When it comes to satellites, this dictum has become a statutory requirement. Otherwise, key low orbits may well become unusable as they fill with debris.