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Comet’s collapsing cliffs and bouncing boulders

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 10:30

Scientists analysing the treasure trove of images taken by ESA’s Rosetta mission have turned up more evidence for curious bouncing boulders and dramatic cliff collapses.

Overseeing ISS's third arm

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 08:25

Technology image of the week: this control panel will be used by spacewalking cosmonauts to oversee the European Robotic Arm on the Russian section of the ISS

Planning the future

Tue, 17/09/2019 - 16:20

Updates on mission concepts for planetary defence, Solar System science and Mars exploration live from the European Planetary Science Congress Wednesday 12:15-13:15 CEST

Aurora now

Tue, 17/09/2019 - 15:30

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Aurora display at Concordia research station in Antarctica

Landing site flyover

Tue, 17/09/2019 - 07:32

New 3D models of Rosalind Franklin’s landing site aid preparations for the rover’s mission on Mars

Space Station science: learning from Luca

Mon, 16/09/2019 - 14:39

There is plenty of science on the boil at the International Space Station – including an experiment literally designed to expand our knowledge of the boiling process.

Defrosting dunes

Mon, 16/09/2019 - 08:20

Space Science Image of the Week: Bursts of gas from defrosting ice create the dark patches in this martian dune field

ɸ-week highlights

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 15:20

As ESA’s second ɸ-week has drawn to a close, let’s take a look at some of the highlights

Explore with AstroGnat

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 13:00

Meet AstroGnat our new crew member! She’s on a voyage of discovery in space and you too can explore this new AstroGnat collection for kids in the ESA Space Shop.

Cheops mission update

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 11:06

Watch a media briefing on our Cheops exoplanet mission Monday 12:15–13:15 CEST live from the European Planetary Science Congress

Winning bootcamp ideas at Φ-week

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 10:15

On the sidelines of ESA’s Φ-week, a five-day app-development bootcamp took place where young developers came together to solve big industry challenges using Earth observation data. The teams developed app prototypes, which were tested by a set of users. Those with the best commercial potential were awarded with prizes.

Week in images

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 09:38

Our week through the lens:
9 - 13 September 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, explore Baja California in northern Mexico with Copernicus Sentinel-1

Baja California

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-1 takes us over Baja California, in northern Mexico

Interstellar 2.0

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 16:35

Astronomers have spotted an object that looks likely to be a very rare visitor from outside our Solar System. If confirmed, this unusual body would be only the second interstellar object ever detected passing through our neighbourhood.

Exciting exoplanet

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 11:29

Hubble finds water vapour on habitable-zone exoplanet for the first time, paving the way for future discoveries by the James Webb Space Telescope and the Ariel mission

First Earth observation satellite with AI ready for launch

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 10:12

A few months from now will see the launch of the first European satellite to demonstrate how onboard artificial intelligence can improve the efficiency of sending Earth observation data back to Earth. Dubbed ɸ-Sat, or PhiSat, this revolutionary artificial intelligence technology will fly on one of the two CubeSats that make up the FSSCat mission – a Copernicus Masters winning idea.

Unexpected periodic flares may shed light on black hole accretion

Wed, 11/09/2019 - 18:00

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. 

Destination Mars

Wed, 11/09/2019 - 12:05

Technology image of the week: Models of ESA’s current ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and forthcoming ExoMars Rover will be on show during our 6 October Open Day

A new journey into Earth for space exploration

Wed, 11/09/2019 - 09:03

Six astronauts, five space agencies and a fresh start into underground worlds to help prepare for living on other planets. ESA’s latest training adventure will equip an international crew with skills to explore uncharted terrains on the Moon and Mars, this time with a focus on the search for water.