Science on the surface of a comet30 July 2015
Science on the surface of a comet30 July 2015 Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of the first scientific analysis of th...
Preparing to build ESA’s Jupiter mission17 July 2015
Preparing to build ESA’s Jupiter mission17 July 2015 Airbus Defence & Space in France has been selected as the prime industrial contractor for ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter and its icy moons.
Rosetta: preparing for perihelion13 July 2015
Rosetta: preparing for perihelion13 July 2015 Rosetta’s investigations of its comet are continuing as the mission teams count down the last month to perihelion – the closest point to the Sun along the comet’s orbit – when the comet’s activity is expected to be at its highest.
Cutting through martian history09 July 2015
Cutting through martian history09 July 2015 This colourful image resembles an abstract watercolour, but it is in fact a colour-coded topographic map of one of the most geologically diverse regions on Mars.
Astronomers use cosmic gravity to create a ‘black-hole-scope’06 July 2015 The Integral, Fermi and Swift space observatories have used the magnifying power of a cosmic lens to explore the inner regions of a supermassive black hole.
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...