Category Archives: Space

First SpaceDataHighway laser relay in orbit

The European Data Relay System’s first laser terminal has reached space aboard its host satellite and is now under way to its final operating position.

A milky way twin swept by an ultra-fast X-Ray wind

ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a wind of high-speed gas streaming from the centre of a bright spiral galaxy like our own that may be reducing its ability to produce new stars.

Chandra Finds Remarkable Galactic Ribbon Unfurled

An extraordinary ribbon of hot gas trailing behind a galaxy like a tail has been discovered using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Ride along with Rosetta through the eyes of OSIRIS

Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera team has launched a new website to showcase their recent images of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Robot arm simulates close approach of ESA’s asteroid mission

The final approach to an asteroid has been practised for ESA’s proposed Asteroid Impact Mission using a real spacecraft camera mounted on a robot arm.

Alternative stellar lifestyle: common, curious, solved at last

Starting around 1950, a series of advances formed a clear and accepted picture of how individual stars are born, evolve and die.

Inside LISA Pathfinder, with narration

ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission will operate about 1.5 million km from Earth towards the Sun, orbiting the first Sun–Earth ‘Lagrangian point’, L1.

A Precocious Black Hole

Benny Trakhtenbrot, from ETH Zurich’s Institute for Astronomy, and an international team of astrophysicists, performed a follow-up observation of this black hole using the 10 meter Keck telescope in Hawaii and were surprised by the results.

A witness to a wet early Mars

Vast volumes of water once flooded through this deep chasm on Mars that connects the ‘Grand Canyon’ of the Solar System – Valles Marineris – to the planet’s northern lowlands.

To save on weight, a detour to the moon is the best route to Mars

A new MIT study suggests that a Martian mission may lighten its launch load considerably by refueling on the moon.