First light for the storm hunter23 May 2018
First light for the storm hunter23 May 2018 As the International Space Station flew over the Indonesian coast of Sumatra on an April night, lightning from a thunderstorm reached the upper layers of the atmosphere and its light show was captured by ESA’s latest observatory in space.
A space ant fires its lasers16 May 2018
A space ant fires its lasers16 May 2018 A rare phenomenon connected to the death of a star has been discovered in observations made by ESA’s Herschel space observatory: an unusual laser emission from the spectacular Ant Nebula, which suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at i...
ESA Planck team awarded prestigious prize 10 May 2018
ESA Planck team awarded prestigious prize 10 May 2018 The ESA Planck team has been honoured with the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize for its mission mapping the cosmic microwave background – relic radiation from the Big Bang that is still observable today.
Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images09 May 2018
Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images09 May 2018 Less than two weeks after it was launched, the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite has delivered its first images of Earth. Exceeding expectations, this first set of images include the sunset over Antarctica, sea ice in the Arctic and a view of northern...
Satellite pair arrive for Galileo’s next rumble in the jungle09 May 2018 The next two satellites in Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system have arrived at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of their planned launch from the jungle space base in July.
ESA selects three new mission concepts for study07 May 2018 A high-energy survey of the early Universe, an infrared observatory to study the formation of stars, planets and galaxies, and a Venus orbiter are to be considered for ESA’s fifth medium class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme, with a pla...
ESA and Vatican work to preserve heritage data04 May 2018 Following an agreement signed in 2016, ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library have presented the preliminary results on how they are using the same method to manage their respective long-term data preservation projects and how this can create new initi...
ESA deep space stations ready for NASA’s InSight Mars flight04 May 2018 NASA’s latest mission to Mars begins tomorrow. ESA deep space ground stations in Australia and South America will track the InSight spacecraft on NASA’s behalf as it begins its cruise to the Red Planet.
Space photons bring a new dimension to cryptography03 May 2018 ESA and its partners will investigate how satellites can distribute photon ‘keys’ to help secure encryption.
CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian glaciers02 May 2018 While ESA’s CryoSat continues to provide clear insight into how much sea ice is being lost and how the Antarctic and Greenlandic ice sheets are changing, the mission has again surpassed its original scope by revealing exactly how mountain glaciers are...
Moon holds key to improving satellite views of Earth30 April 2018
Moon holds key to improving satellite views of Earth30 April 2018 Many Earth observation satellites make use of an added ingredient to ensure reliable, good quality environmental data: the Moon.
ESA and NASA to investigate bringing martian soil to Earth26 April 2018 ESA and NASA signed a statement of intent today to explore concepts for missions to bring samples of martian soil to Earth.