BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries20 October 2018
BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries20 October 2018 The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet.
Minerals of the world, unite!19 October 2018
Minerals of the world, unite!19 October 2018 Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it all tell you: there is more to it than meets the eye. Tool in hand, you analyse how light scatters through it. Sec...
Mission control ready for Mercury17 October 2018
Mission control ready for Mercury17 October 2018 Teams responsible for flying the bold BepiColombo mission to Mercury today completed the last major step in preparation for Saturday’s liftoff — the final pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal’ at ESA’s ESOC control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
Installing life support the hands-free way17 October 2018
Installing life support the hands-free way17 October 2018 Last week saw the installation of ESA’s next-generation life-support system on the International Space Station. The new facility recycles carbon dioxide in the air into water that can then be converted into oxygen reducing supplies sent from Earth by...
Luna facility brings Moon to Earth17 October 2018
Luna facility brings Moon to Earth17 October 2018 A facility planned for ESA’s Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, will recreate the Moon’s surface on Earth. ESA project manager for strategic planning and future development Andreas Diekmann shares how the three-part lunar analogue facility, k...
European Space Talks: we need more space!16 October 2018
European Space Talks: we need more space!16 October 2018 Space concerns everyone. It contributes to our lives on a daily basis and can help to solve some of humankind’s greatest challenges. Find out more, and how space affects you, with European Space Talks…
Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury12 October 2018
Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury12 October 2018 The international BepiColombo spacecraft will soon take flight, on a complex journey to the innermost planet of the Solar System, Mercury. Encompassing nine planetary flybys and travelling a total distance of nine billion km over a period of seven yea...
INTO ORBIT℠ with 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League competition08 October 2018
INTO ORBIT℠ with 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League competition08 October 2018 How can I walk my dog on the Moon? What happens if I sneeze in space? Just some of the questions that more than 500 000 children around the world will be asking and attempting to answer over the next months, as part of this year’s FIRST LEGO League co...
Construction of Europe's exoplanet hunter Plato begins04 October 2018
Construction of Europe's exoplanet hunter Plato begins04 October 2018 The construction of ESA's Plato mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany’s OHB System AG as prime contractor, marking the start of the full industrial phase of the project.
Explore the Moon and Earth’s climate with two new ESA school projects!04 October 2018 In the beginning of the World Space Week, ESA is proud to present two new school challenges: Climate Detectives and Moon Camp.
Gaia spots stars flying between galaxies02 October 2018
Gaia spots stars flying between galaxies02 October 2018 A team of astronomers using the latest set of data from ESA’s Gaia mission to look for high-velocity stars being kicked out of the Milky Way were surprised to find stars instead sprinting inwards – perhaps from another galaxy.
Reflecting on Europe’s commanding role in space01 October 2018
Reflecting on Europe’s commanding role in space01 October 2018 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will take over the role of International Space Station commander from NASA astronaut Drew Feustel on 3 October. This marks the start of Expedition 57 and second half of Alexander’s Horizons mission. With both...