Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury12 October 2018
Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury12 October 2018 The international BepiColombo spacecraft will soon take flight, on a complex journey to the innermost planet of the Solar System, Mercury. Encompassing nine planetary flybys and travelling a total distance of nine billion km over a period of seven yea...
INTO ORBIT℠ with 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League competition08 October 2018
INTO ORBIT℠ with 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League competition08 October 2018 How can I walk my dog on the Moon? What happens if I sneeze in space? Just some of the questions that more than 500 000 children around the world will be asking and attempting to answer over the next months, as part of this year’s FIRST LEGO League co...
Construction of Europe's exoplanet hunter Plato begins04 October 2018
Construction of Europe's exoplanet hunter Plato begins04 October 2018 The construction of ESA's Plato mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany’s OHB System AG as prime contractor, marking the start of the full industrial phase of the project.
Explore the Moon and Earth’s climate with two new ESA school projects!04 October 2018 In the beginning of the World Space Week, ESA is proud to present two new school challenges: Climate Detectives and Moon Camp.
Gaia spots stars flying between galaxies02 October 2018
Gaia spots stars flying between galaxies02 October 2018 A team of astronomers using the latest set of data from ESA’s Gaia mission to look for high-velocity stars being kicked out of the Milky Way were surprised to find stars instead sprinting inwards – perhaps from another galaxy.
Reflecting on Europe’s commanding role in space01 October 2018
Reflecting on Europe’s commanding role in space01 October 2018 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will take over the role of International Space Station commander from NASA astronaut Drew Feustel on 3 October. This marks the start of Expedition 57 and second half of Alexander’s Horizons mission. With both...
See the future at ESA’s IAC Start-up Space Zone 28 September 2018
See the future at ESA’s IAC Start-up Space Zone 28 September 2018 From Lego-style satellites that plug together to robot avatars for lunar exploration, satellite maps for Arctic navigation to a DNA-analysing 'tricorder': next week 24 of planet Earth's top start-ups will showcase their cutting-edge ideas for space an...
Luca Parmitano goes Beyond 27 September 2018
Luca Parmitano goes Beyond 27 September 2018 Today ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano announced the name of his second mission and logo during an event at ESA’s ESRIN establishment in Italy. Luca will be going ‘Beyond’ when he returns to the International Space Station in 2019 as part of Expedition 60...
ESA technology making LA Metro a safer ride 26 September 2018
ESA technology making LA Metro a safer ride 26 September 2018 Thousands of daily passengers on the Los Angeles Metro will ride more securely with the deployment of cutting-edge ESA-patented screening technology to detect concealed weapons or explosives.
Ten years catching rocket signals26 September 2018
Ten years catching rocket signals26 September 2018 As ESA celebrates the 100th launch of Ariane 5, the Agency’s worldwide ground station network is also marking ten years of providing vital tracking services to launchers soaring out of Kourou.
Ariane 5 – 100 and counting!26 September 2018
Ariane 5 – 100 and counting!26 September 2018 An Ariane 5, on its milestone 100th launch, has delivered the Horizons-3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 telecom satellites into their planned orbits.
Gaia finds candidates for interstellar ‘Oumuamua’s home25 September 2018
Gaia finds candidates for interstellar ‘Oumuamua’s home25 September 2018 Using data from ESA’s Gaia stellar surveyor, astronomers have identified four stars that are possible places of origin of ‘Oumuamua, an interstellar object spotted during a brief visit to our Solar System in 2017.