Gaia creates richest star map of our Galaxy – and beyond25 April 2018 ESA’s Gaia mission has produced the richest star catalogue to date, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars and revealing previously unseen details of our home Galaxy.
BepiColombo plasma simulation23 April 2018
BepiColombo plasma simulation23 April 2018 When the Mercury Transfer Module of the BepiColombo mission fires its electric propulsion thrusters an ion beam is extracted. This is created through the ionization of xenon propellant, generating the charged particles that can be accelerated further...
Where is the Universe’s missing matter?18 April 2018
Where is the Universe’s missing matter?18 April 2018 Astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have probed the gas-filled haloes around galaxies in a quest to find ‘missing’ matter thought to reside there, but have come up empty-handed – so where is it?
ExoMars poised to start science mission 09 April 2018
ExoMars poised to start science mission 09 April 2018 The ExoMars orbiter will soon begin its search for gases that may be linked to active geological or biological activity on the Red Planet.
Cloudy Venus09 April 2018
Cloudy Venus09 April 2018 Our sister planet Venus is a dynamic and unusual place. Strong winds swirl around the planet, dragging thick layers of cloud with them as they go. These fierce winds move so speedily that they display ‘super-rotation’: Earth’s can move at up to a fift...
Chaotic web of filaments in a Milky Way stellar nursery 26 March 2018
Chaotic web of filaments in a Milky Way stellar nursery 26 March 2018 The plane of the Milky Way is rich in star-forming regions, such as the one pictured in this stunning scene by ESA’s Herschel space observatory. To the far-infrared eye of Herschel, this region reveals an intricate network of gas filaments and dark bu...