Arianespace and ESA announce Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer launch contract17 June 2019 The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, will ride into space on an Ariane launch vehicle, Arianespace and ESA confirmed today at the International Paris Air Show.
Melting a satellite, a piece at a time17 June 2019
Melting a satellite, a piece at a time17 June 2019 Researchers took one of the densest parts of an Earth-orbiting satellite, placed it in a plasma wind tunnel then proceeded to melt it into vapour. Their goal was to better understand how satellites burn up during reentry, to minimise the risk of endan...
Space agencies come together14 June 2019
Space agencies come together14 June 2019 On 14 June, President Hiroshi Yamakawa of JAXA was welcomed at the 282nd meeting of the ESA Council – the Agency’s governing body – held at ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. For decades, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aeros...
Mapping our global human footprint12 June 2019
Mapping our global human footprint12 June 2019 The number of people flocking to cities in search of employment and better prospects is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach nine billion, 70% of which will be living in urban areas. The World Settleme...
SMOS joins forces with top weather forecasting system12 June 2019 As of yesterday, 11 June 2019, measurements from ESA’s SMOS mission are being fully integrated into ECMWF’s forecasting system, allowing for a more accurate description of water content in soil.
ESA wants to hear your space dreams12 June 2019
ESA wants to hear your space dreams12 June 2019 What is your vision for the future of space? As ESA prepares its programmes for upcoming years, we want to hear what your space dreams are. What exciting things should we be working on – and what activities will make the most difference to life on Ear...
Science from the Space Station11 June 2019
Science from the Space Station11 June 2019 In the age of social media, no new experience goes undocumented. On Earth, we fill our camera rolls with weekends away, social events and time spent with family and friends. But just imagine how many photos you might take if you lived and worked in sp...
Hera asteroid mission’s brain to be radiation-hard and failure-proof11 June 2019 At the heart of ESA’s Hera mission to the double Didymos asteroids will be an onboard computer intended to be failure-proof.
Samantha dives back into operations10 June 2019
Samantha dives back into operations10 June 2019 ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will swap her spacesuit for dive gear this month as commander of a 10-day international research and exploration mission to the Atlantic Ocean floor.
How satellites can improve the health of city dwellers10 June 2019 Most people get a health boost from exercise. But for those with heart disease or a lung condition such as asthma, exercising during periods of high urban air pollution can exacerbate rather than improve their condition.
Taking electronic dance music out of this world10 June 2019
Taking electronic dance music out of this world10 June 2019 On Friday 7 June, ESA began a three-day starring role at the World Club Dome electronic dance music festival. Billed as the Space Edition, this event is the latest stage of an eighteen-month partnership with BigCityBeats, the company behind the show....
Personalised app for safe sunbathing wins support07 June 2019 A mobile phone app that uses space tech to identify the healthiest way to sunbathe has won the industrial approval of BASF, a giant chemical company that makes the ingredients for sunscreen and many other products.