Comet’s collapsing cliffs and bouncing boulders 18 September 2019
Comet’s collapsing cliffs and bouncing boulders 18 September 2019 Scientists analysing the treasure trove of images taken by ESA’s Rosetta mission have turned up more evidence for curious bouncing boulders and dramatic cliff collapses.
Space Station science: learning from Luca16 September 2019
Space Station science: learning from Luca16 September 2019 There is plenty of science on the boil at the International Space Station – including an experiment literally designed to expand our knowledge of the boiling process.
Winning bootcamp ideas at Φ-week13 September 2019
Winning bootcamp ideas at Φ-week13 September 2019 On the sidelines of ESA’s Φ-week, a five-day app-development bootcamp took place where young developers came together to solve big industry challenges using Earth observation data. The teams developed app prototypes, which were tested by a set of user...
Interstellar 2.012 September 2019
Interstellar 2.012 September 2019 Astronomers have spotted an object that looks likely to be a very rare visitor from outside our Solar System. If confirmed, this unusual body would be only the second interstellar object ever detected passing through our neighbourhood.
First Earth observation satellite with AI ready for launch12 September 2019
First Earth observation satellite with AI ready for launch12 September 2019 A few months from now will see the launch of the first European satellite to demonstrate how onboard artificial intelligence can improve the efficiency of sending Earth observation data back to Earth. Dubbed ɸ-Sat, or PhiSat, this revolutionary artifi...
Unexpected periodic flares may shed light on black hole accretion11 September 2019
Unexpected periodic flares may shed light on black hole accretion11 September 2019 ESA’s X-ray space telescope XMM-Newton has detected never-before-seen periodic flares of X-ray radiation coming from a distant galaxy that could help explain some enigmatic behaviours of active black holes.
A new journey into Earth for space exploration11 September 2019
A new journey into Earth for space exploration11 September 2019 Six astronauts, five space agencies and a fresh start into underground worlds to help prepare for living on other planets. ESA’s latest training adventure will equip an international crew with skills to explore uncharted terrains on the Moon and Mars,...
Using machine learning for rewilding10 September 2019
Using machine learning for rewilding10 September 2019 There may not be an obvious connection between rewilding and machine learning, but as highlighted today at ESA’s ɸ-week, a project in the Netherlands uses satellite data and new digital technology to understand how a nature reserve responds to the pre...
Using artificial intelligence to automate sea-ice charting10 September 2019
Using artificial intelligence to automate sea-ice charting10 September 2019 Reliable maps of sea-ice conditions and forecasts are of vital importance for maritime safety, safe navigation and planning. The continued retreating and thinning of Arctic sea ice calls for a more effective way of producing detailed and timely ice in...
A burst of asteroid activity in Europe10 September 2019
A burst of asteroid activity in Europe10 September 2019 The next few days will see a rare convergence of asteroid-related activity in Europe, as planetary defence and other experts meet in three locations to coordinate humanity's efforts to defend ourselves from hazardous space rocks.
ESA’s ɸ-week 2019 opens with a flourish09 September 2019
ESA’s ɸ-week 2019 opens with a flourish09 September 2019 Following the success of last year’s ɸ-week, this year’s event promises to be even more exciting. With the conference room packed to the gunwales, ɸ-week 2019 kicked off this afternoon at ESA’s centre of Earth observation in Italy with a series of sti...
Monitoring air pollution from fires09 September 2019
Monitoring air pollution from fires09 September 2019 The wildfires that have been devastating the Amazon rainforest have been international headline news over the last weeks. These fires are not only an environmental tragedy in terms of lost forest and biodiversity, but they are also leaving their mark...