Self-driving spacecraft set for planetary defence expedition05 April 2019 Engineers designing ESA’s Hera planetary defence mission to the Didymos asteroid pair are developing advanced technology to let the spacecraft steer itself through space, taking a similar approach to self-driving cars.
ESA-FAIR’s first ever Radiation Summer School 25 March 2019
ESA-FAIR’s first ever Radiation Summer School 25 March 2019 ESA in partnership with the international accelerator center FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), currently being built at GSI, the Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, is excited to announce the first ever Radiation Summer School to t...
ESA’s Hera asteroid mission borrows eyes of NASA’s Dawn18 March 2019 The mission to the smallest asteroid ever explored will employ the same main camera as the mission to the largest asteroids of all. ESA’s proposed Hera spacecraft to the Didymos asteroid pair has inherited its main imager from NASA’s Dawn mission to t...
ESA’s space weather mission to be protected against stormy Sun05 March 2019 ESA is planning Earth’s first dedicated space weather observatory to warn of potentially harmful turbulence in our parent star. Like a referee at a sports game, the Lagrange spacecraft will be able to observe both the Sun and Earth as well as the spac...
ESA gives go-ahead for Smile mission with China05 March 2019
ESA gives go-ahead for Smile mission with China05 March 2019 The Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer, Smile, has been given the green light for implementation by ESA’s Science Programme Committee.
Space weather kicks up a social storm01 March 2019
Space weather kicks up a social storm01 March 2019 One of the most visible — and fabulously beautiful — effects of this 'space weather' on our planet are the aurora borealis, the famous 'northern lights' that dance across the high (and low) latitudes.