Unexpected periodic flares may shed light on black hole accretion11 September 2019
Unexpected periodic flares may shed light on black hole accretion11 September 2019 ESA’s X-ray space telescope XMM-Newton has detected never-before-seen periodic flares of X-ray radiation coming from a distant galaxy that could help explain some enigmatic behaviours of active black holes.
Gaia untangles the starry strings of the Milky Way28 August 2019
Gaia untangles the starry strings of the Milky Way28 August 2019 Rather than leaving home young, as expected, stellar ‘siblings’ prefer to stick together in long-lasting, string-like groups, finds a new study of data from ESA’s Gaia spacecraft.
ExoMars rover ready for environment testing27 August 2019
ExoMars rover ready for environment testing27 August 2019 The Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover has completed its construction activities in the UK and will now depart to France for testing under the conditions of the Red Planet’s environment.
Jupiter mission takes first images of destination – from Earth22 August 2019 As part of preparations for the launch of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, its navigation camera has been given a unique test: imaging its destination from Earth.
All instruments onboard Rosalind Franklin rover 20 August 2019
All instruments onboard Rosalind Franklin rover 20 August 2019 The full suite of scientific instruments, including cameras that will give us our eyes on Mars, the drill that will retrieve pristine soil samples from below the surface, and the onboard laboratory that will seek out signs of life are all installed on...
ExoMars parachute testing continues12 August 2019
ExoMars parachute testing continues12 August 2019 As the second ExoMars mission, comprising a rover and surface science platform, progresses towards launch next year, teams continue to troubleshoot the parachute design following an unsuccessful high-altitude drop test last week.