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Cosmic Crustacean Makes Great Birthday Card for Hubble's 29th Year (Image)  SPACE.COM · 2 days
On April 18, the European Space Agency released an image featuring the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's birthday coming up next... more
Hubble Celebrates Its 29th Anniversary with Stunning View of Southern Crab Nebula  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
In celebration of the 29th anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured this colorful look at the hourglass-shaped Southern... more
Hubble celebrates its 29th birthday with unrivaled view of the Southern Crab Nebula  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
This incredible image of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula was taken to mark the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's 29th anniversary in space.... more
ArianeGroup starting Ariane 6 production after new ESA agreement  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
The European Space Agency’s 22 member states agreed April 17 to a workaround to get Ariane 6 production... more
OSIRIS Team Releases Nearly 70,000 Images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Between 2014 and 2016, the OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System) camera onboard ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft... more
Hubble celebrates its 29th birthday with unrivaled view of the Southern Crab Nebula  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
This incredible image of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula was taken to mark the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's 29th anniversary in space.... more
Planck reveals link between active galaxies and their dark matter environment  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Scientists have used the tiny distortions imprinted on the cosmic microwave background by the gravity of matter throughout the universe, recorded by ESA's Planck satellite, to... more
OSIRIS Image Viewer makes available all images of Rosetta's comet 67P  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Between 2014 and 2016, the scientific camera system OSIRIS onboard ESA's Rosetta spacecraft captured almost 70000 images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. They not only document the most... more
Air-Breathing Rocket Engine Gets Green Light for Major Tests  SPACE.COM · 3 days
The SABRE air-breathing rocket engine is ready for a major round of testing in the next 18 months after passing a preliminary design review by the European Space Agency. more
Drop test proves technologies for reusable microlauncher  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Spain's PLD Space, supported by ESA, has demonstrated the technologies for a reusable first stage of their orbital microlauncher, Miura 5. more
Image: Mirror array for LSS  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The giant 121-segment mirror array used to reflect simulated sunlight into the largest vacuum chamber in Europe seen being hoisted into position within ESA's technical heart back in 1986. more
Image: Partial Gravity Simulator practice  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In preparation for his Beyond mission, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano was at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA, in March 2019. Here he is strapped to the Partial Gravity Simulator to practice repairing the dark-matter hunter AMS-02. more
Seeking innovative ideas: space for the oceans  ESA · 6 days
ESA seeks your ideas for applying space technology to Earth-based problems. Through the Open Space Innovation Platform, a new challenge-based website, the... more
Europe's Institutions Consider Using Ariane 6 and Vega-C  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
ESA and Arianespace are giving full support to European institutional customers to launch their missions on Ariane 6 and Vega-C.... more
ESA opening up to new ideas  ESA · 1 week
ESA aims to harness a new resource for future space activities: ideas from European researchers, businesses and the general public. Through its new Open... more
Hubble peers at cosmic blue bauble  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Globular clusters are inherently beautiful objects, but the subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, Messier 3, is commonly acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful of them all. more
Europe’s institutions consider using Ariane 6 and Vega-C  ESA · 1 week
ESA and Arianespace are giving full support to European institutional customers to launch their missions on Ariane 6 and Vega-C. more
Drop test proves technologies for reusable microlauncher  ESA · 1 week
Spain’s PLD Space, supported by ESA, has demonstrated the technologies for a reusable first stage of their orbital microlauncher, Miura 5. more
Doing up the deep dish  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
ESA's 35-metre radio antenna in Malargüe, Argentina, has had a major refurbishment. Extenstive modifications made will now allow the ESTRACK network to support future missions like Euclid, launching in 2022, and to transfer data at much higher rates. more
European Quantum Communications Network Takes Shape  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Today’s interconnected world is ever more vulnerable to cyberattacks, emphasizing the importance of secure encryption to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure and communications. An agreement... more
Exoplanet detectors  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The first batch of charge-coupled devices, or CCDs, to be flown on ESA's PLATO space observatory was accepted by ESA last month. This is an important milestone on the road to creating a groundbreaking spacecraft that will detect Earth-sized exoplanets... more
Europe’s institutions consider Ariane 6 and Vega-C  ESA · 1 week
ESA and Arianespace are giving full support to European institutional customers to launch their missions on Ariane 6 and Vega-C. more
Doing up the deep dish  ESA · 1 week
ESA's 35-m deep space antenna in Malargüe, Argentina, has had a major refurbishment, getting it ready for the launch of Euclid in 2022 and able to... more
Image: Astronaut Matthias Maurer training for EVA  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer practices Space Station repairs in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA. more
Astronaut's 9 to 5  ESA · 2 weeks
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer during spacewalk training more
European quantum communications network takes shape  ESA · 2 weeks
Today’s interconnected world is ever more vulnerable to cyberattacks, emphasising the importance of secure encryption to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure and communications. An agreement... more
Calm your restless legs with a solution from space  ESA · 2 weeks
Dutch start-up company Relegs has developed a medical device for instantaneous relief of discomfort caused by Restless Legs... more
ESA Impact 2019  ESA · 2 weeks
Quarter 1 is now online. Browse the stunning images and videos of our activities so far this year more
Hubble Looks at Brilliant Globular Cluster  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new photo of the 8-billion-year-old globular cluster Messier 3. Messier 3 is located approximately 34,000... more
Staying fit in space  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA's exercise team lead shares how astronauts maintain their muscles in space more
Stargazing technology used to spot cancer  ESA · 2 weeks
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... more
BepiColombo Is Ready for Its Long Cruise  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth... more
Self-driving Spacecraft Set for Planetary Defense Expedition  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Engineers designing ESA’s Hera planetary defense mission to the Didymos asteroid pair are developing advanced technology to let the spacecraft steer itself... more
ESA Boosts Startup to the Moon  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
European Space Agency operations specialists are helping flight planners at new European space startup PTScientists, headquartered in Berlin, pilot their way to the Moon.... more
Self-driving spacecraft set for planetary defence expedition  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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. more
Egyptian crop circles  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This week, ESA is focusing on its core Basic Activities, which, for Earth observation, include preserving precious data. Long-time series of datasets are needed to determine changes in our planet's climate so it is vital that satellite data and other... more
Who's in control?  ESA · 2 weeks
Down on Earth, teams of specialists control every move made by the spacecraft we send into space. Click through these images to explore some of the many control rooms located... more
BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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... more
Preserving heritage data at ESA  ESA · 2 weeks
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? more
We fly  ESA · 2 weeks
Peek behind the curtains of ESA's mission control, and discover the specialist teams who fly our world-class spacecraft more
Self-driving spacecraft set for planetary defence expedition  ESA · 2 weeks
Engineers designing ESA’s Hera planetary defence mission to the Didymos asteroid pair are developing advanced technology to let the spacecraft steer itself... more
BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise  ESA · 2 weeks
Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth... more
A decade-long quest to build an ecosystem in a room  ESA · 2 weeks
Yesterday the MELiSSA pilot plant at the University of Barcelona celebrated 10 years spent demonstrating the... more
ESA's CubeSat Central for Smaller Missions into Space  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
ESA has set up a dedicated unit to work on the standardized nanosatellites called ‘CubeSats’, teaming up with European companies... more
Controlling the future  ESA · 2 weeks
New, innovative software developed by ESA will ensure future missions fly flawlessly. From virtual reality to autonomous robots, check out our video on the future of mission control more
Preserving data  ESA · 2 weeks
Through its Heritage Data Programme, ESA ensures the preservation and access to Earth observation satellite data for now and the future more
Image: Connecting to Solar Orbiter  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In this image, ESA's new Solar Orbiter spacecraft is seen during preparations for a vibration test campaign at the IABG facility in Ottobrunn, Germany, in March 2019. more
ESA boosts startup to the Moon  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
European Space Agency operations specialists are helping flight planners at new European space startup PTScientists, headquartered in Berlin, pilot their way to the moon. more
Hidden connections  ESA · 2 weeks
Operations image of the week: Mission controllers will link up with ESA’s new Sun-observing satellite before it’s even left Earth more
Solar Orbiter Ready to Face the Sun  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
In this infrared view, ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft is visible, which is currently undergoing a series of tests at the IABG facility... more
ESA boosts startup to the Moon  ESA · 3 weeks
European Space Agency operations specialists are helping flight planners at new European space startup PTScientists, headquartered in Berlin, pilot their way to the Moon.... more
ESA oversees teaching of Europe’s next top solderers  ESA · 3 weeks
Satellites are among the most complex machines ever designed, but in key respects they are still hand-made. A set of... more
Two-armed 3-D printing  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Twin robotic arms work together as part of a project to construct what will be the largest, most complex object ever 3-D printed in titanium: a test version of the 3-m diameter 'optic bench' at the heart of ESA's Athena... more
This New Barbie Doll Launches Real-Life Astronaut's Face Into a Toy World  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Space enthusiasts may recognize the face of a new Barbie doll touring at special events around the world; she looks just like European Space... more
Two-armed 3D printing  ESA · 3 weeks
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 more
ESA’s ‘Cubesat central’ for smaller missions into space  ESA · 3 weeks
ESA has set up a dedicated unit to work on the standardised nanosatellites called ‘CubeSats’, teaming up with European companies... more
Where space missions are born  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A high-resolution radar mission to Earth's 'evil twin' Venus, a spacecraft to detect the most powerful explosions in the Universe and an observatory for the cool, dusty cosmos to investigate the origins of stars: ESA's Concurrent Design Facility... more
Forging the future  ESA · 3 weeks
Where does ESA get its ideas from? One major source of new concepts is through our Discovery & Preparation activities, forming part of ESA’s Basic Activities. Working with and across all... more
ESA and NASA to Team Up on Lunar Science  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, and Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas... more
Mars Express matches methane spike measured by Curiosity  ESA · 3 weeks
A reanalysis of data collected by ESA’s Mars Express during the first 20 months of NASA’s Curiosity mission found one... more
Exoplanet satellite ready  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
ESA's Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, was recently declared ready to fly after completing a series of final spacecraft tests. more
Where space missions are born  ESA · 3 weeks
A high-resolution radar mission to Earth’s ‘evil twin’ Venus, a spacecraft to detect the most powerful explosions in the Universe and an observatory for the cool,... more
Video: Building spaceships  ESA · 3 weeks
How do you build a spaceship? It’s not easy, because space is risky – but potential payoffs are vast. ESA’s track record allows us to manage that risk, balancing it... more
20 years of ESA’s Concurrent Design Facility: an oral history  ESA · 3 weeks
It looks like a flight control room, on the upper floor laboratory corridor of ESA's ESTEC... more
UK space company Scisys, fearing Brexit, praises decision to become Irish  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Scisys Group, a formerly British company involved in the European Union’s Galileo satellite program,... more
Exoplanet satellite ready  ESA · 3 weeks
ESA’s Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, was recently declared ready to fly after completing a series of final spacecraft tests. more
Galaxia, a new boost for ESA Education  ESA · 3 weeks
New Space, quest for innovation and integrated applications, new business models, global challenges: this is the scenario that the ESA Education programme... more
ESA and NASA to team up on lunar science  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, and Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, signed a Statement of Intent to coordinate joint science research about... more
Discover ESA  ESA · 3 weeks
Discover ESA is a colourful journey through ESA’s activities and space missions. The brochure, which is available in six languages, includes an attractive space poster more
Hubble captures rare active asteroid  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Thanks to an impressive collaboration bringing together data from ground-based telescopes, all-sky surveys and space-based facilities -- including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope -- a rare self-destructing asteroid called 6478 Gault has been observed. more
Dark dust devil tracks on Mars  ESA · 3 weeks
The winds of Mars are responsible for myriad features across the planet’s surface – including the dark dunes and wispy, filament-like streaks seen in... more
SOHO’s Equinox Sun  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Last Wednesday, all locations on our planet enjoyed roughly the same number of hours of day and night. This event, called an equinox, takes place twice a year – around... more
Tortoise islands  ESA · 4 weeks
Technology image of the week: ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite images the Galápagos island chain, inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution more
Why endangered species matter  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was established in 1973 to protect "imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend" and help them recover. more
Hubble Focuses on Open Star Cluster Messier 11  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the brilliance of an open star cluster called Messier 11 (also known as... more
ESA-FAIR’s first ever Radiation Summer School  ESA · 4 weeks
ESA in partnership with the international accelerator center FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), currently being built at GSI, the Helmholtz Center for... more
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