Category Archives: Space/ AstroPhysics

Our galaxy’s heart

At first glance, this image may resemble red ink filtering through water or a crackling stream of electricity, but it is actually a unique view of our cosmic home. It…

Shaker test of 8-tonne cooling system

Typically ESA’s shaker tables are used to replicate the take-off vibrations of a satellite-lifting rocket. The large object seen here is not a satellite at all but an 8-tonne cooling…

ESA selects three new mission concepts for study

A high-energy survey of the early Universe, an infrared observatory to study the formation of stars, planets and galaxies, and a Venus orbiter are to be considered for ESA’s fifth…

ESA and Vatican work to preserve heritage work

Following an agreement signed in 2016, ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library have presented the preliminary results on how they are using the same method to manage their respective long-term…

Steady pointing

ESA’s automated Flyeye telescope will help Europe discover risky celestial objects such as asteroids and comets during its nightly sky surveys. It will automatically identify possible new near-Earth objects for…

CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian Glaciers

While ESA’s CryoSat continues to provide clear insight into how much sea ice is being lost and how the Antarctic and Greenlandic ice sheets are changing, the mission has again…

Moon holds key to improve satellite views of earth

Many Earth observation satellites make use of an added ingredient to ensure reliable, good quality environmental data: the Moon. While the surface of the Earth is ever changing, the face…

ExoMars returns first images from new orbit

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned the first images of the Red Planet from its new orbit. The spacecraft arrived in a near-circular 400 km altitude orbit a few weeks…

ESA and NASA to investigate bringing martian soil to earth

ESA and NASA signed a statement of intent today to explore concepts for missions to bring samples of martian soil to Earth. Spacecraft in orbit and on Mars’s surface have…

TU Delft E|A|S (Evolving Asteroid Starships) project

A group of students and researchers at Delft University of Technology are designing a starship capable of keeping generations of crew alive as they cross the gulf between stars –…