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ESA's Gaia Spacecraft Accidentally Discovers 3 Asteroids While Gazing At Stars

While scanning the skies for stellar objects, the Gaia spacecraft made an entirely different discovery. Three asteroids popped up that used to be unknown to astronomers.

Space May 7, 2019

Self-Driving Spacecraft May Protect Planet Earth From Asteroid Collisions

Self-driving cars are old news as self-driving spacecraft emerges. ESA is building an autonomous spacecraft called Hera as part of a planetary defense mission to binary asteroid system Didymos.

Space April 9, 2019

Space Orbiter Captures Image Of 'Hairy Blue Spider' On Planet Mars

Incredible new images from the ExoMars mission show the surface of Mars. One of the photos appear to show 'hairy spiders' that are actually the result of dust devil activity.

Space March 16, 2019

Astronomers Estimate Weight Of Milky Way Using Data From Hubble And Gaia Space Telescopes

How much does the Milky Way really weigh? With the combination of data from Gaia and Hubble, scientists finally find the answer after years of uncertainty about the galaxy's mass.

Space March 8, 2019

ESA Wants To Start Drilling On Moon In Search Of Oxygen And Water

The European Space Agency signed a contract with ArianeGroup to begin studying and preparing for the plan to mine resources on the moon by 2025. The space agency hopes to collect oxygen, water, and fuel for future permanent lunar base and colony.

Space January 22, 2019

European Space Agency Tests Self-Driving Rovers In Morocco Desert

The PERASPERA's field test, hosted by the Ibn Battuta Centre, was conducted near Erfoud, on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert. EU’s Europlanet Research Infrastructure designated the wind-blown desert environment as a "good match" for Mars.

Space December 26, 2018

ESA Spacecraft Captures Image Of 'Winter Wonderland On Mars'

Breathtaking photos of Mars' Korolev crater could be mistaken for a huge ice skating rink. The ESA stitched together several pictures taken from months ago by the Mars Express satellite.

Space December 21, 2018

LOOK: Soyuz Rocket Launch Captured On Incredible Video From ISS

The launch of Russia's Soyuz rocket was captured in an incredible time-lapse video from the ISS. The spacecraft was carrying supplies such as food, fuel, and oxygen to the ISS.

Space November 24, 2018

Scientists Explain Strange Cloud On Mars

The European Space Agency's Mars Express captured a photo of the cloud that hangs over the Arsia Mons, one of Mars' biggest volcanoes. However, scientists explained that the cloud is not coming from the volcano.

Space October 27, 2018

BepiColombo Takes First Selfie As It Starts Long Journey To Mercury

The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module took a photo from its first day in its seven-year journey to Mercury. The spacecraft was launched on Friday night and is expected to arrive at its destination by 2025.

Space October 22, 2018

Scientists Narrow Down Possible Origins Of Mysterious Cigar-Shaped Space Rock 'Oumuamua

Astronomers believe that they have found the home star system of 'Oumuamua, the comet that visited the Solar System last year. They have pinned down four possible dwarf stars based on data collected by Gaia.

Space September 28, 2018

Scientists Detect Aftershocks Of Near Miss Between Milky Way And Tiny Galaxy

Gaia, the space observatory of the ESA, found substructures in the Milky Way that was caused by a gravitational disturbance from 300 to 900 million years ago. Scientists hypothesized that this was caused by the Sagittarius Dwarf.

Space September 21, 2018

The European Space Agency Will Launch A New Mars Rover, And You Can Help Name It

The European Space Agency announced a contest to help name the ExoMars rover, which is scheduled to land on the Red Planet in March 2021. Will it be named Marsy McMarsface?

Space July 22, 2018

Giant Iceberg Looming Over Greenland Village Spotted By ESA Satellites From Space

ESA's Sentinel-2A satellites captured image of a massive iceberg that drifted close to Innaarsuit in Greenland. The iceberg weighs about 10 million tonnes and threatened to generate large waves that can wash away parts of the remote village.

Earth/Environment July 18, 2018

NASA And ESA Teaming Up To Bring Rocks From Mars To Earth

Two space organizations have outlined a very important mission to Mars. Through three missions and one attempted rocket launch from the Red Planet, they hope to bring some of the Red Planet to Earth.

Space April 26, 2018

Astronomers Weave The Largest 3D Map Of Milky Way Using Gaia Space Telescope

The Gaia spacecraft is releasing the biggest map of the Milky Way to date, containing information on nearly 2 billion stars. The DR2 data release could help shed light on mysteries of the universe.

Space April 26, 2018

Air-Breathing Thruster May Provide Unlimited Power For Mars Mission

The European Space Agency has created and successfully tested an ion thruster that runs only on air molecules. It has the capability to sustain longer space flights that can last for years on end.

Space March 26, 2018

European Space Agency Announces ‘Ariel’ Mission That’ll Study Exoplanets

The European Space Agency wants to demystify exoplanets. To do so, it’s going to launch a mission called Ariel in 2028 to study their properties.

Space March 21, 2018

Asteroid Expected To Skim Past Earth In October

The European Space Agency has confirmed that asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly between Earth and the moon in October. The asteroid will not hit the planet.

Space August 12, 2017

NASA Denies Plans Of Joint Lander Mission To Jupiter Moon Europa

NASA and the European Space Agency are not yet officially pursuing a lander mission together to explore Jupiter moon Europa. The joint Europa lander mission was brought up weeks ago by a scientist at a geosciences summit.

Space May 12, 2017

ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Votes In French Election From International Space Station

ESA’s astronaut Thomas Pesquet is currently orbiting around the Earth from the International Space Station. Still, being in space did not stop him from voting at the French elections.

Space May 7, 2017

ESA Calls For Sustainable Future In Space, Cites Growing Problem Of Orbital Debris

The European Space Agency (ESA) has raised concerns over the alarming rise of space debris. The junk scenario is posing a serious threat to many active satellites and other assets.

Space April 23, 2017

Architects Want To Hang A Skyscraper From An Asteroid: Analemma Tower Plans Unveiled

Adding to the list of unique and wonderful skyscrapers is a new type of skyscraper - the Analemma Tower that will hang from an asteroid 30,000 miles above Earth. The skyscraper will be constructed on an orbital motion in Dubai.

Space March 29, 2017

LOOK: French Astronaut Takes Pals’ Wedding Rings To The International Space Station

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet brought his friends’ wedding rings with him to the International Space Station. Now that’s out of this world.

Space March 29, 2017

Rosetta Captures Landslide On Comet 67P For First Time Ever

Rosetta, the spacecraft meant to study the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, captured a landslide on the comet. The images captured were the first ever evidence of landslides occurring on a comet surface.

Space March 22, 2017

Discovery Of 1,000 Times Brighter Neutron Star 50 Million Light-Years Away Sets Record For XMM-Newton

XMM-Newton sets a new record after it has discovered a pulsar, 1,000 times brighter than previously thought, some 50 million light-years away. The space observatory has been a help in solving the cosmic mysteries.

Space February 27, 2017

ISS Astronaut Records Amazing Video Of Gigantic Blue Jet Lightning

Blue jets, red sprites, elves, and pixies are some of the rare phenomena that interest our scientists. Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen captured a spectacular video of blue jet lightning while aboard the ISS.

Space February 13, 2017

NASA, ESA Join Forces For Space Explorations Around Moon

The ESA shared that it had reached an agreement with NASA to develop a second module for a manned mission slated for 2021. The two agencies are joining forces for a space exploration around the moon.

Space February 10, 2017

NASA And ESA Posts Images Of Mars' North Polar Ice Cap

Some recent mosaic images released by ESA and NASA give us a detailed look into the Martian polar caps. The polar caps are made partly of water-based ice and frozen carbon dioxide.

Space February 4, 2017

Tim Peake Is Going Back To The ISS: ESA Plans Second Mission For British Astronaut

British astronaut Tim Peake will be going back to the International Space Station for the second time. This was also confirmed by British business secretary Greg Clark who said the details of the ESA mission are being worked out.

Space January 27, 2017

LOOK: 2016 Marks Another Year Of Amazing Space Photos

Take a look back at some of the most incredible discoveries about the universe in 2016 through these amazing space photos. From black holes to Mars and back to our planet Earth, these images from space captivate the imagination.

Space December 30, 2016

Hubble Chases Down, Snaps Detailed Image Of Stellar Galaxy Located 22 Million Light-Years Away From Earth

The Hubble telescope has captured an image of NGC 4707, a spiral galaxy discovered two centuries ago by astronomer William Herschel. The telescope was able to 'chase down' the galaxy, located in the constellation Canes Venatici, to view it in greater detail.

Space December 29, 2016

Scientists Discover Jet Stream In Earth’s Molten Iron Core Using Satellite Data

A new study has revealed the existence of a jet stream flowing through the Earth’s molten core in a westward direction. This followed images taken by Swarm satellites deployed by the European Space Agency.

Earth/Environment December 21, 2016

ESA Funding Approved Despite Schiaparelli Setback

The European Space Agency has been assured adequate funding by the ministerial council of ESA member states. This will ensure that ExoMars part two will go ahead, where a UK-made robotic rover will be placed on Mars to drill terrain and detect extant or extinct life.

Space December 3, 2016

Schiaparelli Update: ESA Identifies Error Responsible For Mars Lander Mishap

The European Space Agency disclosed preliminary findings on what led to the crash of the lander on Martian surface in ESA Mars project ExoMars. It hinted a computer glitch led to the wrong descent of the lander Schiaparelli.

Space November 25, 2016

Solving The Beagle 2 Mystery: UK Mars Probe Nearly Had A Perfect Landing, Says Study

Defying the previous perception, UK Mars lander Beagle 2 did not crash and landed on Mars but the failed to communicate with the Earth. This was revealed after a joint research using 'reflective mechanism analysis' that revealed the condition of the solar panels.

Space November 12, 2016

ESA Unveils New Details For ExoMars 2020 Mission, Reveals Science Elements Set To Land On Mars

The European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2020 mission will have two components: a rover and a surface platform. The former will scour Mars for organic matter and the latter will stay stationary and study the environment of the landing site.

Space November 3, 2016

ExoMars Mission Update: ESA Still Clueless About Fate Of Schiaparelli Mars Lander

The European Space Agency’s missing Schiaparelli Mars lander is believed to have crashed while attempting a touchdown on Mars. Part of the ExoMars mission, it was released from the mothership Trace Gas Orbiter on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Space October 20, 2016

ExoMars 2016: Schiaparelli Lander Separates From Mothership For Historic Mars Landing

The Schiaparelli Mars Lander has separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, on Sunday. It could become the first European lander to land on Mars.

Space October 16, 2016

ESA's Rosetta Space Probe To Have Final Suicide Mission Before Colliding With Comet 67P

Rosetta is set to end its mission by colliding with Comet 67P later this month but it will continue to gather scientific data in its final moments. Here are some of the data that the space probe will collect in its final suicide mission.

Space September 19, 2016

Gaia Spacecraft's Survey Of Billion Stars Could Shed Light On Evolution Of Milky Way

Data collected by the European Space Agency's Gaia were used to create the most detailed 3D map of a billion stars in the Milky Way. Over the course of its five-year mission, the spacecraft will conduct observations that could shed light on evolution of our galaxy.

Space September 14, 2016

ESA Offers First Look At The Gaia Satellite's Billion-Star Map Of The Milky Way

ESA has unveiled a 3D map of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy at an unprecedented accuracy with the help of data collected by the super advanced Gaia satellite launched into space in December 2013.

Space September 14, 2016

Philae Found: Images From ESA's Rosetta Space Probe Reveal Graveyard Of Lost Comet Lander

Images from the ESA's Rosetta space probe revealed the location of the long-lost Philae lander. The photos also revealed why Rosetta had difficulty communicating with the comet lander.

Space September 6, 2016

First Stars Formed Hundreds of Millions of Years Later Than Previously Thought: ESA

The stars in the sky have been around for millions of years, but when exactly did they come about? According to ESA scientists, it’s much, much, much, much later than previously thought.

Space September 3, 2016

Spectacular New Infrared Images Of Jupiter Released Days Before Juno Probe Encounter

Days ahead of NASA's Juno probe encounter, astronomers have released spectacular new infrared images of the planet Jupiter. The images will help set the scene for the space probe's mission.

Space June 27, 2016

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