Category Archives: Space/ AstroPhysics

Fracture swarms on Mars

These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet’s crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region in the southern hemisphere…

NASA Space Station Cargo Launches Aboard Orbital ATK Mission

The International Space Station will receive about 7,400 pounds of cargo, including new science and technology investigations, following the successful launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in…

Crater shadows

Astronauts, planetary scientists and engineers cast their shadows at the rim of a volcanic crater. ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (second from left) surveys the landscape to identify geological features. Clues…

Ten years of hypergravity with ESA’s centriguge

After 14 million revolutions, ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge is about to mark its 10th birthday. The 8 m-diameter four-arm centrifuge gives researchers access to a range of hypergravity up to…

Stress seedlings in space

Life on Earth has a myriad of problems, but gravity isn’t one of them – staying grounded means organisms can soak up the light and heat that enables growth.  It’s…

Vega Launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco

Arianespace has launched a Vega rocket to deliver an Earth observation satellite into orbit for the Kingdom of Morocco. Liftoff of Vega’s 11th mission from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French…

Simulating lunar surface operations

ESA and the Canadian Space Agency are probing how to explore the Moon with a robot rover. The teams are investigating the challenges of remotely operating a rover in a…

Ready to reap the benefits from Copernicus Sentinel -5P

Now that Sentinel-5P is safely in orbit, engineers have started commissioning the satellite for the task of delivering extremely high-quality information on air quality. Meanwhile, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service…

Space and the city

World Cities Day – offers a reminder that more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. With the number of people flooding to cities expected to rise…

Ariane 6’s Vulcain engine set for first firing

A Vulcain rocket engine recently arrived in Germany ahead of its first test firing in December to demonstrate new capabilities and technologies developed for Ariane 6. The Vulcain 2.1 will…