Gaia hints at our Galaxy’s turbulent life19 September 2018
Gaia hints at our Galaxy’s turbulent life19 September 2018 ESA’s star mapping mission, Gaia, has shown our Milky Way galaxy is still enduring the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars moving like ripples on a pond.
Going off-road in the search for dark skies19 September 2018
Going off-road in the search for dark skies19 September 2018 An out-of-this-world mobile observatory, developed in collaboration with Nissan Design Europe in London, UK, was unveiled at the 2018 Hannover Motor Show this week, proving that the sky is never the limit.
ExoMars highlights radiation risk for Mars astronauts, and watches as dust storm subsides19 September 2018 Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red Planet, according to data from the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter be...
Orion’s first Service Module integration complete18 September 2018
Orion’s first Service Module integration complete18 September 2018 Last week at the Airbus integration hall in Bremen, Germany, technicians installed the last radiator on the European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft marking the module’s finished integration. ESA’s European service module will provide powe...
Copernicus Sentinel maps Florence hurricane flood15 September 2018
Copernicus Sentinel maps Florence hurricane flood15 September 2018 Making landfall in the US state of North Carolina on 14 September, Hurricane Florence is causing widespread damage and flooding. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission is being used to map affected areas.
New kid on the block picks up relay for ozone14 September 2018
New kid on the block picks up relay for ozone14 September 2018 For more than 20 years, changes in ozone over Antarctica have been carefully monitored by a succession of European satellites. This important long-term record is now being added to by the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission, which is dedicated to atmospher...
Aeolus wows with first wind data12 September 2018
Aeolus wows with first wind data12 September 2018 Just one week after ESA’s Aeolus satellite shone a light on our atmosphere and returned a taster of what’s in store, this ground-breaking mission has again exceeded all expectations by delivering its first data on wind – a truly remarkable feat so ear...
Aeolus laser shines light on wind05 September 2018
Aeolus laser shines light on wind05 September 2018 Following the launch of Aeolus on 22 August, this extraordinary satellite’s instrument has been turned on and is now emitting pulses of ultraviolet light from its laser, which is fundamental to measuring Earth’s wind. And, this remarkable mission has...
Making space exploration real – on Earth03 September 2018
Making space exploration real – on Earth03 September 2018 You are on a rock speeding through space. On this rock called Earth every single mineral tells you something about planetary formation. This week astronauts and space engineers will unlock the mystery of those minerals as they start an ESA geology fie...
BepiColombo science orbiters stacked together31 August 2018
BepiColombo science orbiters stacked together31 August 2018 The two science orbiters of the joint ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission are connected in their launch configuration and the European science orbiter and transport module have been given the go-ahead to be loaded with propellants.
European Space Talks: sharing our passion for space30 August 2018
European Space Talks: sharing our passion for space30 August 2018 The European Space Talks initiative will give you, as a member of the European space community, the opportunity to join other space professionals, researchers and enthusiasts in presenting your latest research, activities or interests in space.
Artwork unveiled on exoplanet satellite27 August 2018
Artwork unveiled on exoplanet satellite27 August 2018 Two plaques etched with thousands of miniaturised drawings made by children have been unveiled in a dedicated ceremony held today in Switzerland.