ESA spaceplane on its way23 September 2014
ESA spaceplane on its way23 September 2014 The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is ready to fly and left the Netherlands today for the launch site in French Guiana.
Winter in Argyre19 September 2014
Winter in Argyre19 September 2014 Over billions of years, the southern uplands of Mars have been pockmarked by numerous impact features, which are often so closely packed that they overlap. One such feature is Hooke crater, shown in this frost-tinged scene, imaged by ESA’s Mars Expres...
Lemon juice: new ingredient for space designers?18 September 2014
Lemon juice: new ingredient for space designers?18 September 2014 Corrosion resistance and high strength put stainless steel high on the list of essential materials for satellite and rocket designers. Now ESA plans to investigate an alternative, environmental-friendly method of readying this important metal.
Hands-free in space and under water16 September 2014
Hands-free in space and under water16 September 2014 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is looking forward to flying to the International Space Station next year but until yesterday he was underwater trying out a handy new device he will use in space.
‘J’ marks the spot for Rosetta’s lander15 September 2014
‘J’ marks the spot for Rosetta’s lander15 September 2014 Rosetta’s lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.
The long descent12 September 2014
The long descent12 September 2014 ESA’s five ‘cavenauts’ and their instructors are set to explore the caves of Sardinia, Italy, where they will live and work during their six-day stay.
Not just cool – it’s a gas12 September 2014
Not just cool – it’s a gas12 September 2014 In space, a new way of producing gas is being tested for steering satellites. On Earth, it is now fighting fires without harming the environment – and business insiders say it could be revolutionary.
Gaia discovers its first supernova12 September 2014
Gaia discovers its first supernova12 September 2014 While scanning the sky to measure the positions and movements of stars in our Galaxy, Gaia has discovered its first stellar explosion in another galaxy far, far away.
Fifty years of world-class space science celebrated in Geneva11 September 2014
Fifty years of world-class space science celebrated in Geneva11 September 2014 On 12 September, a special event to celebrate 50 years of European cooperation in space science will be held in Geneva.
Europe’s new age of metals begins10 September 2014
Europe’s new age of metals begins10 September 2014 ESA has joined forces with other leading research institutions and more than 180 European companies in a billion-euro effort developing new types of metals and manufacturing techniques for this century.
ESA’s bug-eyed telescope to spot risky asteroids10 September 2014
ESA’s bug-eyed telescope to spot risky asteroids10 September 2014 Spotting Earth-threatening asteroids is tough partly because the sky is so big. But insects offer an answer, since they figured out long ago how to look in many directions at once.