Counting stars with Gaia03 July 2015
Counting stars with Gaia03 July 2015 This image, based on housekeeping data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, is no ordinary depiction of the heavens. While the image portrays the outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighbouring Magellanic Clouds, it was obtained in a rather unusua...
Comet sinkholes generate jets 01 July 2015
Comet sinkholes generate jets 01 July 2015 A number of the dust jets emerging from Rosetta’s comet can be traced back to active pits that were likely formed by a sudden collapse of the surface. These ‘sinkholes’ are providing a glimpse at the chaotic and diverse interior of the comet.
Johann-Dietrich Woerner is new ESA Director General01 July 2015 As of today, 1 July 2015, ESA has a new Director General: Johann-Dietrich Woerner, who has taken up duty at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.
Helping Europe prepare for asteroid risk30 June 2015
Helping Europe prepare for asteroid risk30 June 2015 Each year, astronomers worldwide discover over 1000 new asteroids or other space rocks that could strike our planet. And if one is spotted heading towards Earth, experts working in ESA and national emergency offices need to know who should do what, an...
Telescopes focus on target of ESA’s asteroid mission30 June 2015 Telescopes around the globe recently homed in on one point in the sky, observing the paired Didymos asteroids – the target for ESA’s proposed Asteroid Impact Mission. The 800 m-diameter main body is orbited by a 170 m moon, informally dubbed Didymoon...
Highlighting space’s female future 29 June 2015
Highlighting space’s female future 29 June 2015 Samantha Cristoforetti made it look easy, grinning as she emerged from her Soyuz capsule, having chalked up a record-breaking 200 days in orbit. The Italian ESA astronaut joins many other women breaking new ground in space, collectively highlighted in...
Sentinel-2 delivers first images29 June 2015
Sentinel-2 delivers first images29 June 2015 Just four days after being lofted into orbit, Europe’s Sentinel-2A satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision’ that it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.
Message from Jean-Jacques Dordain on SpaceX loss28 June 2015
Message from Jean-Jacques Dordain on SpaceX loss28 June 2015 Hearing the news of today's loss of SpaceX CRS-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain stated: "We at the European Space Agency deeply regret this failure that shows that sending laun...
Sentinel-2A completes critical first days in space26 June 2015 Last night marked the end of Sentinel-2A's first three days in space, which saw teams on the ground working around the clock to ensure the spacecraft is ready for its 'colour vision' mission.
Monster black hole wakes up after 26 years25 June 2015
Monster black hole wakes up after 26 years25 June 2015 Over the past week, ESA's Integral satellite has been observing an exceptional outburst of high-energy light produced by a black hole that is devouring material from its stellar companion.
Exposed water ice detected on comet’s surface24 June 2015
Exposed water ice detected on comet’s surface24 June 2015 Using the high-resolution science camera on board ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, scientists have identified more than a hundred patches of water ice a few metres in size on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Fly Your Thesis!: ESA’s parabolic flight opportunities for students restart23 June 2015 The ESA Education Office's 'Fly Your Thesis!' programme is back, after having a short break of three years. The first new flight campaign is planned for late 2016. The deadline for applications is 21 September 2015.