Update from ESA Council, December 201814 December 2018
Update from ESA Council, December 201814 December 2018 The ESA Council held its 277th meeting at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt on 12 and 13 December 2018.
December comet brings back Rosetta memories14 December 2018
December comet brings back Rosetta memories14 December 2018 A special visitor is crossing the sky: Comet 46P/Wirtanen, sighted with telescopes and binoculars in recent weeks, is on the way to its closest approach to Earth this weekend, when it might become visible to the naked eye.
New and improved ESA Kids website13 December 2018
New and improved ESA Kids website13 December 2018 The ESA Education office is proud to launch the new and improved ESA Kids website, the online home of Paxi, the ESA Education mascot. With the new design and organisation, ESA Kids is the one-stop shop for all space-related information, resources, mul...
An astronaut returns to Earth13 December 2018
An astronaut returns to Earth13 December 2018 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth alongside NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev on 20 December. After more than six months living and working on the International Space Station, their Soyuz is...
Rosetta witnesses birth of baby bow shock around comet12 December 2018
Rosetta witnesses birth of baby bow shock around comet12 December 2018 A new study reveals that, contrary to first impressions, Rosetta did detect signs of an infant bow shock at the comet it explored for two years – the first ever seen forming anywhere in the Solar System.
Slow flow for glaciers thinning in Asia10 December 2018
Slow flow for glaciers thinning in Asia10 December 2018 Providing water for drinking, irrigation and power, glaciers in the world’s highest mountains are a lifeline for more than a billion people. As climate change takes a grip and glaciers lose mass, one might think that, lubricated by more meltwater, the...
Learning from lunar lights07 December 2018
Learning from lunar lights07 December 2018 Every few hours observing the Moon, ESA’s ‘NELIOTA’ project discovers a brilliant flash of light across its surface – the result of an object hurtling through space and striking our unprotected rocky neighbour at vast speed. Based at the Kryoneri tele...
Another El Niño on the horizon?07 December 2018
Another El Niño on the horizon?07 December 2018 The jury is still out as to whether climate change will lead to stronger El Niño events, but while representatives from around 200 countries at the COP24 conference are working to breathe life into the 2105 Paris Agreement, there is a 75–80% chance th...
Greenland ice loss quickening06 December 2018
Greenland ice loss quickening06 December 2018 Using a 25-year record of ESA satellite data, recent research shows that the pace at which Greenland is losing ice is getting faster.
Ariane 6 on the way to flight06 December 2018
Ariane 6 on the way to flight06 December 2018 This has been an intense year for Ariane 6 development, with progress boosted across Europe: plants are manufacturing new parts using novel methods, all engines have been tested, and the construction of launch facilities is well underway.
Copernicus Sentinel-5P ozone boosts daily forecasts05 December 2018
Copernicus Sentinel-5P ozone boosts daily forecasts05 December 2018 Measurements of atmospheric ozone from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite are now being used in daily forecasts of air quality.
BepiColombo now firing on all cylinders05 December 2018
BepiColombo now firing on all cylinders05 December 2018 BepiColombo, the joint ESA/JAXA spacecraft on a mission to Mercury, is now firing its thrusters for the first time in flight.