Fireworks of blue lightning and gamma rays above thunderclouds 09 April 2019 After only one year in space, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) on the International Space Station has given researchers a new understanding of how lightning is created, and how thunderstorms can affect the atmosphere and the climate.
Be the next Space Exploration Master09 July 2018
Be the next Space Exploration Master09 July 2018 Following last year’s success, ESA in collaboration with industry partners is currently taking applications for the second edition of the Space Exploration Masters challenge.
Dragon delivers some ICE 29 June 2018
Dragon delivers some ICE 29 June 2018 The newly installed International Commercial Experiments service – ICE Cubes for short – facility providing commercial access to microgravity will soon receive the first experiment cubes after today’s successful SpaceX Dragon resupply launch.
ICE Cubes space research service open for business05 June 2018 The first European facility for commercial research on the International Space Station was installed today in Europe's space laboratory Columbus. The International Commercial Experiments service – ICE Cubes for short – offers fast, simple and affordab...
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.
The chemistry of lightning05 April 2018
The chemistry of lightning05 April 2018 Every second, around 45 lightning strikes jolt our atmosphere, where powerful reactions in thunderstorm clouds alter the chemical composition of the air inside and around them. A suite of European instruments will soon be studying these powerful disch...