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Video: 100 years of gravity  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
One hundred years ago this month, observations performed during a total solar eclipse proved for the first time the gravitational bending of light predicted by Albert Einstein's new theory of gravity, general relativity. In this video, Günther Hasinger,... more
ESA renews focus on Canary Islands for laser operations  ESA · 1 day
Their winning combination of high altitudes and clear skies make Spain’s Canary Islands one of the world's best... more
New catalogue of 12,000 X-ray spectral lines  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
X-ray sources in the sky radiate "bar codes" revealing their properties. These bar codes consist of narrow peaks and troughs within the source's spectrum. The RGS instrument on the satellite XMM-Newton was built to... more
ESA responding to EU’s REACH chemical law  ESA · 1 day
The EU’s REACH regulation limits the use of potentially harmful chemicals to safeguard European citizens and the environment. But REACH also throws... more
A unique experiment to explore black holes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
What happens when two supermassive black holes collide? Combining the observing power of two future ESA missions, Athena and LISA, would allow us to study these cosmic clashes and their mysterious aftermath for the... more
A unique experiment to explore black holes  ESA · 2 days
What happens when two supermassive black holes collide? Combining the observing power of two future ESA missions, Athena and LISA, would allow... more
Image: ESA's Large Diameter Centrifuge at full speed  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
ESA's Large Diameter Centrifuge at the Agency's technical heart in the Netherlands is seen running here at full speed. The 8-m diameter four-arm centrifuge gives researchers access to a range of hypergravity... more
Gravity to the max  ESA · 3 days
Technology image of the week: ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge gives European researchers access to high gravity environments for testing more
Vega to take Spain’s SEOSAT–Ingenio into orbit  ESA · 5 days
ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract that secure the SEOSAT–Ingenio Earth observation satellite’s ride into orbit next year on a Vega... more
CDF podcast  ESA · 5 days
NASA's Small Steps, Giant Leaps podcast interviews ESA engineer Torsten Bieler on the Agency's Concurrent Design Facility and concurrent engineering for space more
NASA Releases Stunning Photo of Messier 90  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
NASA has released a beautiful image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the spiral galaxy Messier 90. Messier 90 lies... more
Mission control 'saves science'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Every minute, ESA's Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet—enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth orbits, these spacecraft are continuously taking the pulse of our planet, but... more
Back to the future  ESA · 1 week
ESA’s Josef Aschbacher reflects on the highlights of this week’s Living Planet Symposium and discusses taking Earth observation into the future more
Hubble Sees Strange Result of Recent Galactic Collision  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a beautiful image of NGC 4485, an irregular galaxy located in the constellation... more
Developing a high-performance rocket motor for the Heracles mission to the Moon  ESA · 1 week
ESA has kicked off an activity with the British-Norwegian supplier Nammo to develop a high-performance rocket motor for its lunar exploration program. more
Mission control 'saves science'  ESA · 1 week
Every minute, ESA’s Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet – enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying... more
A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable  ESA · 1 week
By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean... more
Galaxy blazes with new stars born from close encounter  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a new look at the spectacular irregular galaxy NGC 4485, which has been warped and wound by its larger galactic neighbour. The gravity... more
24 percent of West Antarctic ice is now unstable: study  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
By combining 25 years of European Space Agency satellite altimeter measurements and a model of the regional climate, the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) have... more
New Zealand's South Island imaged by Proba-V  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps stretch more than 500 km northeast to southwest across New Zealand's South Island, imaged here in the southern hemisphere's autumn by ESA's Proba-V minisatellite—now into its sixth... more
From canals to craters  ESA · 1 week
Mars was once believed to be criss-crossed by a system of irrigation canals – dark troughs that sliced across the planet’s surface, excavated by an intelligent society of... more
World Space Alliance kicks off  ESA · 1 week
While scientists and data users continue to discuss the latest findings about our changing world and the space technologies that are needed to learn more, this... more
Prototype Ariane 6 carbon-composite upper stage gets ESA funding  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The European Space Agency gave contracts to ArianeGroup and MT Aerospace on May 14 to develop a prototype... more
Study finds open cluster NGC 2682 at least two times larger than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Based on new data from ESA's Gaia satellite, astronomers have provided more insights into properties of the nearby open cluster... more
Proba-V is six  ESA · 1 week
Technology image of the week: the snow-capped peaks of New Zealand’s South Island, taken by ESA’s Earth-observing minisatellite, into its sixth year in orbit more
Largest sea-surface salinity dataset to date helps researchers map salty waters  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The length and precision with which climate scientists can track the salinity, or saltiness, of the oceans is set to improve dramatically according to researchers working... more
Downstream Gateway: bringing space down to Earth  ESA · 1 week
ESA is launching its Downstream Gateway, a ‘one-stop shop’ service for all downstream opportunities, creating links between new and emerging business sectors... more
Bringing space down to Earth  ESA · 1 week
ESA is launching its Downstream Gateway, a ‘one-stop shop’ service for all downstream opportunities, creating links between new and emerging business sectors and the capabilities being... more
The global thaw  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA’s satellites observing Earth’s cryosphere provide key information to understand and respond to global thawing more
New potential for tracking severe storms  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Even just within the last couple of months, Cyclones Fani, Idai and Kenneth have brought devastation to millions. With the frequency and severity of extreme weather like this expected to increase against the backdrop of climate... more
Mapping salty waters  ESA · 2 weeks
The length and precision with which climate scientists can track the salinity, or saltiness, of the oceans is set to improve dramatically according to researchers working as part of ESA’s... more
New potential for tracking severe storms  ESA · 2 weeks
Even just within the last couple of months, Cyclones Fani, Idai and Kenneth have brought devastation to millions. With the frequency and severity of... more
Video: ESA's Earth Explorers surpassing expectations  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Forging state-of-the-art space technologies, ESA's Earth Explorer satellite missions continue to surpass expectations with a range of interesting and complementary results that go beyond their original goals. more
Shaped by ice  ESA · 2 weeks
A nifty way of processing data from ESA’s CryoSat mission yields a high-resolution view of Antarctica in 3D more
Joining forces on Earth science to benefit society  ESA · 2 weeks
With human activity leaving its indelible mark on the landscape and affecting the climate, our natural world is changing faster... more
NGC 3384: Hubble Looks at Stunning Lenticular Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has delivered an unrivalled snapshot of the barred lenticular galaxy NGC 3384. NGC 3384 was... more
Beyond news conference  ESA · 2 weeks
Watch a replay of the news conference with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano ahead of his Beyond mission to the International Space Station. more
Avio gets ESA assurance for transition missions from Vega to Vega C  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Giulio Ranzo, CEO of Avio, the Colleferro, Italy, company that builds the Vega and future Vega C rocket, said the ESA council session included... more
Living Planet  ESA · 2 weeks
Follow the top stories from ESA's Living Planet Symposium where thousands are gathered to hear the latest results on taking the pulse of our planet from space more
Maritime microsatellite ESAIL to test the waters as launch contract is signed  ESA · 2 weeks
The first commercial microsatellite developed under ESA’s SAT‐AIS programme for tracking ships, called ESAIL, has passed another milestone. On 9 May its Canadian operator... more
Isolation time for science  ESA · 2 weeks
Hundreds of thousands of kilometres away from home, astronauts travelling to the Moon will have to deal with isolation and confinement – ESA is now offering European researchers... more
Need more space?  ESA · 2 weeks
Our new ESA Space Shop is now live with an extended range of merchandise and exciting new designs more
Space for climate  ESA · 2 weeks
Learn how ESA's Climate Change Initiative helps us understand climate change from space more
New more space?  ESA · 2 weeks
Our new ESA Space Shop is now live with an extended range of merchandise and exciting new designs more
Ariane 6 Series Production Begins with First Batch of 14 Launchers  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Following the initial institutional and commercial launch orders for Ariane 6 obtained by Arianespace... more
Starting up a new cooperation for the Moon  ESA · 2 weeks
European start-up PTScientists and ArianeGroup agreed today on a far-reaching cooperation for future lunar missions, in line with ESA’s goal... more
Image: Anchor antenna  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This patch antenna under test at ESA's technical heart is designed to maintain a radio link between the two satellites making up the Proba-3 mission, allowing the pair to fly in formation to maintain an artificial eclipse of the sun. more
Art and climate  ESA · 3 weeks
ESA’s visiting artist, Shane Sutton, explains the background to his Climate from Space street art exhibition to be unveiled at the Living Planet Symposium more
Adding satnav to turn power grids into smart systems  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An ESA-backed project is harnessing satnav to insert an intelligent sense of place and time to power grids, to provide early warning of potentially dangerous electricity network failures. more
Telescopes in space for even sharper images of black holes  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Astronomers have just managed to take the first image of a black hole, and now the next challenge facing them is how to take even sharper images, so... more
This Awesome Spiral Galaxy View from Hubble May Help Demystify Black Holes  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
NASA and the European Space Agency's long-running Hubble Space Telescope just produced an amazing close-up of a spiral galaxy, similar to our own Milky... more
Adding satnav to turn power grids into smart systems  ESA · 3 weeks
An ESA-backed project is harnessing satnav to insert an intelligent sense of place and time to power grids,... more
Hubble Sees Extremely Distant Lensing Galaxy Cluster  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
A spectacular new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows SPT-CL J0615-5746, a very massive group of galaxies located approximately 7.7... more
Space debris report  ESA · 3 weeks
ESA's 2019 Space Debris Environment Report is now online, providing the latest facts and figures on the space junk surrounding our planet more
Pinpointing Gaia to Map the Milky Way  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
This image, a composite of several observations captured by ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST), shows the ESA spacecraft Gaia as a faint... more
Hera's APEX CubeSat Will Reveal the Stuff That Asteroids Are Made Of  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
From Earth asteroids appear as little more than dots in the sky. Europe’s miniature APEX spacecraft will operate as a mineral prospector in deep... more
Hubble spots a stunning spiral galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Few of the universe's residents are as iconic as the spiral galaxy. These limelight-hogging celestial objects combine whirling, pinwheeling arms with scatterings of sparkling stars, glowing bursts of gas, and dark, weaving lanes of cosmic dust,... more
Hubble Captures Nearly 265,000 Galaxies in Legacy Field Image  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers have produced the largest, most comprehensive ‘history book’ of galaxies in the Universe, using 16 years’ worth... more
Pinpointing Gaia to map the Milky Way  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
This image, a composite of several observations captured by ESO's VLT Survey Telescope (VST), shows the ESA spacecraft Gaia as a faint trail of dots across the lower half of the star-filled field of... more
Observing Gaia from Earth to improve its star maps  ESA · 3 weeks
While ESA’s Gaia mission has been surveying more than one billion stars from space, astronomers have been regularly... more
FRIPON camera atop ESTEC  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Asteroid researcher Kristiane Schmidt and ESA data technician Andrea Toni inspect a camera fixed to the five-storey-high rooftop of ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands, keeping a constant watch for fireballs – very bright meteors burning up in the atmosphere. more
Eye on the sky  ESA · 3 weeks
Technology image of the week: This small fisheye camera atop ESA’s technical heart keeps a constant watch out for incoming fireballs more
Space mission testing  ESA · 4 weeks
ESA heads to the harsh environment of the Arctic to test a new Copernicus mission concept for measuring sea ice more
Gaia’s First Asteroid Discoveries  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
While scanning the sky to chart a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy, ESA’s Gaia satellite is also sensitive to celestial bodies closer to home, and regularly... more
Scientists get to the bottom of a ‘spitting’ black hole  ESA · 4 weeks
Data from ESA’s Integral high-energy observatory have helped shed light on the workings of a mysterious... more
Gaia's first asteroid discoveries  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
While scanning the sky to chart a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy, ESA's Gaia satellite is also sensitive to celestial bodies closer to home, and regularly observes asteroids in our solar system. more
On This Day in Space! April 29, 1985: European 'Spacelab' Launches on Space Shuttle Challenger  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
On April 29, 1985, the European Space Agency's Spacelab launched on the space shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51B.... more
Hubble Observes Hidden Depths of NGC 2903  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced an unprecedented image of the central region of the spiral galaxy NGC 2903. Few of... more
Protecting our planet  ESA · 4 weeks
Asteroid impact 2028: In a fictional dramatisation, ESA has been monitoring an asteroid en route to strike Earth, although a crucial piece of information - where it might hit -... more
ESA to Lose Member State Support if ExoMars Launch Postponed - Director-General  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos should not consider postponing the launch of the ExoMars mission as its rescheduling will lead to... more
Omega Centauri’s Lost Stars  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
A team of researchers from the Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory, Bologna Observatory and the University of Stockholm has identified a stream of stars that was torn off the globular... more
Hypothetical impact  ESA · 4 weeks
Follow ESA's first-ever live coverage of a hypothetical asteroid impact exercise from the international Planetary Defense Conference more
The day the asteroid might hit  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
For the first time, ESA will cover a major international asteroid impact exercise live via social media, highlighting the the actions that might be taken by scientists, space agencies and civil protection organisations. more
The day the asteroid might hit  ESA · 4 weeks
For the first time, ESA will cover a major international asteroid impact exercise live via social media, highlighting the the actions that might be... more
Russian Hi-tech Firm Develops Space-based Radar Equipment for European Partners  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Russia’s Ruselectronics Group (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has developed space-based radar equipment for... more
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