Threading the Milky Way28 May 2015
Threading the Milky Way28 May 2015 These three new images of huge filamentary structures of gas and dust from ESA’s Herschel space observatory reveal how matter is distributed across our Galaxy, the Milky Way.
Space Station remodelling28 May 2015
Space Station remodelling28 May 2015 The International Space Station’s Permanent Multipurpose Module was detached and moved by the main robotic arm to another place on the orbiting laboratory yesterday.
Ariane 5’s second launch of 201528 May 2015
Ariane 5’s second launch of 201528 May 2015 An Ariane 5 lifted off last night from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits. The launch of flight VA223 occurred on 27 May at 21:16 GMT (23:16 CEST, 18:16 local time).
100 days to Andreas Mogensen’s mission22 May 2015
100 days to Andreas Mogensen’s mission22 May 2015 The 100-day countdown begins today for ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s visit to the International Space Station. Following launch on 1 September, he will test new technologies and deliver a fresh spacecraft for the long-stay crew already aboard the o...
CryoSat detects sudden ice loss in Southern Antarctic Peninsula22 May 2015 A recent acceleration in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica has been detected by ESA’s ice mission.
Impact crater or supervolcano caldera?21 May 2015
Impact crater or supervolcano caldera?21 May 2015 At first glance, the region covered by this latest Mars Express image release appears to be pockmarked with impact craters. But the largest structure among them may hold a rather explosive secret: it could be remains of an ancient supervolcano.
Four decades of tracking European spacecraft 18 May 2015
Four decades of tracking European spacecraft 18 May 2015 Forty years ago this week, a satellite ground station in Spain became the first to be assigned to what would become ESA. Since then, the network – Estrack – has expanded worldwide and today employs cutting-edge technology to link mission controllers w...
ESA mourns loss of Director Antonio Fabrizi18 May 2015
ESA mourns loss of Director Antonio Fabrizi18 May 2015 On Saturday 16 May, after a long illness, ESA Director of Launchers Antonio Fabrizi passed away in Rome at the age of 67.
Satellites make a load of difference to bridge safety15 May 2015 When extreme weather comes our way, realtime information from space can help us to decide if closing a bridge is the right thing to do.
Space fever13 May 2015
Space fever13 May 2015 It started with a simple question that ended with a surprising answer and new technology that is being used in cutting-edge heart surgery and could save millions of euros in hospital bills.
Samantha’s longer stay on Space Station12 May 2015
Samantha’s longer stay on Space Station12 May 2015 ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s mission on the International Space Station has been extended until the beginning of June. It was planned to end this week with a return to Earth together with NASA astronaut Terry Virts and cosmonaut Anton Shkapl...
European space agencies inaugurate altered-gravity aircraft08 May 2015 ESA, France’s space agency CNES and the German aerospace centre DLR inaugurated the Airbus A310 ZERO-G refitted for altered gravity by running 12 scientific experiments this week.