All instruments onboard Rosalind Franklin rover 20 August 2019
All instruments onboard Rosalind Franklin rover 20 August 2019 The full suite of scientific instruments, including cameras that will give us our eyes on Mars, the drill that will retrieve pristine soil samples from below the surface, and the onboard laboratory that will seek out signs of life are all installed on...
ExoMars parachute testing continues12 August 2019
ExoMars parachute testing continues12 August 2019 As the second ExoMars mission, comprising a rover and surface science platform, progresses towards launch next year, teams continue to troubleshoot the parachute design following an unsuccessful high-altitude drop test last week.
Dark meets light on Mars08 August 2019
Dark meets light on Mars08 August 2019 ESA’s Mars Express has captured the cosmic contrast of Terra Cimmeria, a region in the southern highlands of Mars marked by impact craters, water-carved valleys, and sand and dust in numerous chocolate and caramel hues.
Cheops passes final review before shipment to launch site29 July 2019 The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, has successfully passed the final analysis review for its launch on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Astronomers spy Europa blocking distant star – thanks to Gaia25 July 2019 On 31 March 2017, Jupiter’s moon Europa passed in front of a background star – a rare event that was captured for the first time by ground-based telescopes thanks to data provided by ESA’s Gaia spacecraft.
Gaia starts mapping our galaxy’s bar16 July 2019
Gaia starts mapping our galaxy’s bar16 July 2019 The first direct measurement of the bar-shaped collection of stars at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy has been made by combining data from ESA’s Gaia mission with complementary observations from ground- and space-based telescopes.