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Scientists get to the bottom of a ‘spitting’ black hole

Mon, 29/04/2019 - 16:00

Data from ESA’s Integral high-energy observatory have helped shed light on the workings of a mysterious black hole found spitting out ‘bullets’ of plasma while rotating through space. 

Gaia’s new asteroids

Mon, 29/04/2019 - 13:40

Space Science Image of the Week: While charting the stars, Gaia also observes asteroids and occasionally spots new ones

Protecting our planet

Mon, 29/04/2019 - 09:30

Asteroid impact 2028: In a fictional dramatisation, ESA has been monitoring an asteroid en route to strike Earth, although a crucial piece of information - where it might hit - is not yet clear

Week in images

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
22 - 26 April 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Australia’s northeast state of Queensland

Queensland floods

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 shows muddy waters flowing into the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia

The day the asteroid might hit

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 08:00

For the first time, ESA will cover a major international asteroid impact exercise live via social media, highlighting the the actions that might be taken by scientists, space agencies and civil protection organisations.

Hypothetical impact

Thu, 25/04/2019 - 15:58

Follow ESA's first-ever live coverage of a hypothetical asteroid impact exercise from the international Planetary Defense Conference

Sign across space

Wed, 24/04/2019 - 09:00

Technology image of the week: Infrared and phosphorescent satellite markers could help future space servicing vehicles home in on targets

Bedbound commander

Tue, 23/04/2019 - 14:15

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: bedrest study participants test their spacecraft piloting skills

New comet viewer

Tue, 23/04/2019 - 07:00

Space Science Image of the Week: One of 70 000 images to explore in a new tool launched by Rosetta’s comet imaging team

Earth vs. asteroids: humans strike back

Mon, 22/04/2019 - 06:51

Incoming asteroids have been scarring our home planet for billions of years. This month humankind left our own mark on an asteroid for the first time: Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped a copper projectile at very high speed in an attempt to form a crater on asteroid Ryugu. A much bigger asteroid impact is planned for the coming decade, involving an international double-spacecraft mission.

Week in images

Fri, 19/04/2019 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
15 - 19 April 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 19/04/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, discover one of the most remote islands in the world: Easter Island

Easter Island

Fri, 19/04/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over one of the most remote islands in the world

Happy Birthday Hubble!

Thu, 18/04/2019 - 15:30

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 29th birthday with this incredible view of the Southern Crab Nebula

Mirror, mirror

Wed, 17/04/2019 - 08:30

Technology image of the week: a vintage image of a 121-segment mirror array being installed inside Europe’s largest vacuum chamber, built to reflect simulated sunlight for satellite testing

Suspended animation

Tue, 16/04/2019 - 13:01

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Luca Parmitano practicing for spacewalk to repair dark-matter hunter

A stellar Easter egg

Mon, 15/04/2019 - 13:40

Space Science Image of the Week: Unwrapping the Egg Nebula to reveal the late stages of a star's life

Seeking innovative ideas: space for the oceans

Mon, 15/04/2019 - 07:20

ESA seeks your ideas for applying space technology to Earth-based problems. Through the Open Space Innovation Platform, a new challenge-based website, the Agency is hunting out bright ideas to monitor plastic waste polluting the oceans, and to improve the self-steering abilities of ships.