Category Archives: Space/ AstroPhysics

Celebrating Herschel’s legacy

This delicate image showing the intricacies of interstellar bubbles and wisps reveals great turmoil in the W3/W4/W5 complex of molecular clouds and star-forming regions. It was taken by ESA’s Herschel Space…

Galileos set to fly on Ariane 6

Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets – ESA’s first contract to use Europe’s new vehicle. The launches are scheduled between…

Diet tracker in space

Whether you are on a diet or just want to be healthier, you might be one of those millions of people around the planet who use a mobile app to…

Cassini and Huygens

In December 2004, after a seven-year journey as part of the international Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn, ESA’s Huygens probe separated from NASA’s Cassini orbiter to make a lonely one-way voyage to Titan, Saturn’s…

Splashdown! chasing into martian mud

An impactor smashing into an ice-rich surface gave rise to the complex flow features around this ancient crater on Mars. Impacts of comets and asteroids have shaped the surfaces of…

Rock recognition

Training astronauts and engineers for missions to other planets includes field trips to places that resemble outer space. Participants on ESA’s Pangaea geology course visited the Ries crater and Riegelberg…

Three New Crew Members Arrive at International Space Station

After a six-hour flight, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station at 10:55 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 12, where they will continue important scientific…

Descent to Titan

Until the arrival of the international Cassini–Huygens mission at Saturn in 2004, much about the gas giant, its intricate ring system and enigmatic moons was a mystery. On 14 January…

New era in air quality monitoring a step away

The Sentinel-5P satellite has arrived in Plesetsk in northern Russia to be prepared for liftoff on 13 October. Built to deliver global maps of air pollutants every day and in…

ESA retrieves NASA astronauts with new procedure in wake of hurricane

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson returned to Earth this morning after their stay on the International Space Station, landing in the steppes of…