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Stargazing technology used to spot cancer

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 09:00

An X-ray machine which uses space technology to generate crystal clear images that doctors can use to detect the early signs of cancer has been prioritised for €1.2m of funding by the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.

Martian soil detox could lead to new medicines

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 07:40

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is one of humankind’s major long-term health challenges. Now research into helping humans live on Mars could help address this looming problem.

Music for space

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 16:10

Music has long been known to affect people’s mood. A certain tune can lift you up or bring you to tears, make you focus, relax or even run faster. Now a study is investigating how the power of music may improve human performance in one of the most stressful and alien environments we know – space.

Staying healthy in space

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 14:54

How ESA's space medicine experts equip astronauts with the knowledge they need for spaceflight

Space-enabled mobile laboratory ready for medical emergencies

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 14:03

A laboratory that enables first responders to combat biological hazards and infectious diseases rapidly and safely has demonstrated its strengths during a simulated biological incident conducted in Belgium.

ExoMars carrier module prepares for final pre-launch testing

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 14:00

The module that will carry the ExoMars rover and surface science platform from Earth to Mars has arrived in Italy for final integration preparations.

Breathe easier

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 14:00

For UN World Health Day, we look at how monitoring air quality can help with health and wellbeing

Preserving heritage data at ESA

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 11:30

Why is archiving and curating heritage satellite data so fundamentally important? How can heritage data from old satellites be used to compare with current findings?

Self-driving spacecraft set for planetary defence expedition

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 10:28

Engineers designing ESA’s Hera planetary defence mission to the Didymos asteroid pair are developing advanced technology to let the spacecraft steer itself through space, taking a similar approach to self-driving cars.

Egyptian crop circles

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: this long-time series shows the development over 21 years of an important land reclamation project in the Western Desert of Egypt

BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 09:00

Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury.

A decade-long quest to build an ecosystem in a room

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 07:58

Yesterday the MELiSSA pilot plant at the University of Barcelona celebrated 10 years spent demonstrating the ideal technologies to recycle waste from space missions into air, water and food.

As astronauts explore farther into our Solar System, there will be a need to reduce the reliance on supplies brought from Earth. ESA is working with partners to create a contained system that will eventually and continuously convert carbon dioxide, urine and organic matter into fresh air, water and food – almost indefinitely. This system is known as MELiSSA.

Preserving data

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:15

Through its Heritage Data Programme, ESA ensures the preservation and access to Earth observation satellite data for now and the future

Hidden connections

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 08:20

Operations image of the week: Mission controllers will link up with ESA’s new Sun-observing satellite before it’s even left Earth

ESA oversees teaching of Europe’s next top solderers

Wed, 03/04/2019 - 12:07

Satellites are among the most complex machines ever designed, but in key respects they are still hand-made. A set of ESA-approved training schools train and certify the best solderers in Europe, to ensure they have sufficient ability to work on electronic hardware for space missions.

Space antenna

Wed, 03/04/2019 - 09:55

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: the steps to installing a new communications antenna for Columbus space laboratory

Two-armed 3D printing

Wed, 03/04/2019 - 09:30

Technology image of the week: twin robotic arms work together to 3D print and mill a test version of the optical heart of ESA’s Athena X-ray observatory

ESA boosts startup to the Moon

Wed, 03/04/2019 - 07:17

European Space Agency operations specialists are helping flight planners at new European space startup PTScientists, headquartered in Berlin, pilot their way to the Moon.

PTScientists are planning to launch lunar landers and rovers as a regular service in the future, with an inaugural flight expected in 2020.

ESA’s ‘Cubesat central’ for smaller missions into space

Tue, 02/04/2019 - 13:30

ESA has set up a dedicated unit to work on the standardised nanosatellites called ‘CubeSats’, teaming up with European companies to develop low-cost technology-testing missions. Missions in preparation include a double CubeSat to test rendezvous and docking techniques, and one to explore near-Earth asteroids.

First satellite in European SpaceDataHighway forges 20,000 successful laser links

Tue, 02/04/2019 - 12:23

The European Data Relay System (EDRS)—dubbed the “SpaceDataHighway” by its private operator, Airbus—has passed another milestone.