Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity18 January 2018
Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity18 January 2018 ESA has helped coastal authorities to track up to 70% more ships and pick up nearly three times more ship positions via satellite than was possible before.
Elementary, my dear machine intelligence18 January 2018
Elementary, my dear machine intelligence18 January 2018 Artificial intelligence already helping astronauts on the International Space Station is also providing a promising approach for solving crimes. In an era of security concerns across Europe, the smart use of police data is critical for uncovering lead...
Crater Neukum named after Mars Express founder18 January 2018
Crater Neukum named after Mars Express founder18 January 2018 A fascinating martian crater has been chosen to honour the German physicist and planetary scientist, Gerhard Neukum, one of the founders of ESA’s Mars Express mission.
Columbus: 10 years a lab16 January 2018
Columbus: 10 years a lab16 January 2018 In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue… In 2008 another Columbus sailed into space.
Exploring alien worlds with lasers10 January 2018
Exploring alien worlds with lasers10 January 2018 In everyday life we look and touch things to find out what they are made of. A powerful scientific technique does the same using lasers – and in two years’ time it will fly in space for the first time.
See-through metals09 January 2018
See-through metals09 January 2018 Astronauts on the International Space Station have begun running an experiment that could shine new light on how metal alloys are formed. How humanity has mastered metallurgy is synonymous with progress, with historians labelling periods such as the...
ESA’s next satellite propelled by butane21 December 2017
ESA’s next satellite propelled by butane21 December 2017 ESA’s next miniature satellite will be its first able to change orbit. Thanks to a compact thruster resembling a butane cigarette lighter, the cereal box-sized satellite will fly around its near-twin to test their radio communications.
Planting oxygen15 December 2017
Planting oxygen15 December 2017 When resources are limited, you have to work with what you have – especially in the harsh environment of space. Though the International Space Station is regularly restocked by cargo vessels, like today’s Dragon, self-sufficient spaceflight in the fut...
Mars upside down14 December 2017
Mars upside down14 December 2017 Which way is up in space? Planets are usually shown with the north pole at the top and the south pole at the bottom. In this remarkable image taken by ESA’s Mars Express, the Red Planet is seen with north at the bottom, and the equator at the top.
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth14 December 2017
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth14 December 2017 ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli landed back on Earth early this morning after 139 days in space. The ride home from the International Space Station required braking from 28 800 km/h to a standstill in barely three hours.
Galileo launch brings navigation network close to completion12 December 2017
Galileo launch brings navigation network close to completion12 December 2017 Europe has four more Galileo navigation satellites in the sky following their launch on an Ariane 5 rocket. After today’s success, only one more launch remains before the Galileo constellation is complete and delivering global coverage.
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday’s flight08 December 2017
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday’s flight08 December 2017 Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday.