Space Exploration and Astronomy

NASA Explorers: The Launch It’s 5 a.m. on a normal September day and #NASAExplorers have gathered in a California field to watch a rocket launch light up the pre-dawn sky. On board the rocket is a satellite more than 10 years in the making, ...
New ESA Kids blasts off! ESA Education office is proud to launch the new and improved ESA Kids website, the online home of our Mascot, Paxi
Astronauts Anne McClain and Serena Auñón-Chancellor Work Aboard the Station NASA astronauts Anne McClain (background) and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are pictured inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module aboard the International Space Station.
The Universe of Gaia Launched in December 2013, ESA’s Gaia satellite has been scanning the sky to perform the most precise stellar census of our Milky Way galaxy, observing more than one billion stars and measuring their positions, distances and motions to unprecedented accuracy.
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New and improved ESA Kids website The ESA Education office is proud to launch the new and improved ESA Kids website, the online home of Paxi, the ESA Education mascot. With the new design and organisation, ESA Kids is the one-stop shop for all space-related information, ...
Mari's experience as an ESA Young Graduate Trainee Meet Mari, who shares her experience as a Young Graduate Trainee in the Legal Services Department and Executive Secretary for the European Centre for Space Law.
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An astronaut returns to Earth ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth alongside NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev on 20 December. After more than six months living and working on the International Space Station, their Soyuz is expected to touch ...
Spirit of Apollo - 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 at the Washington National Cathedral The Washington National Cathedral is seen lit up with space imagery prior to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Spirit of Apollo event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Smart silicon Technology image of the week: multiple integrated circuits destined for the brains of Europe’s future space missions
Rosetta witnesses birth of baby bow shock around comet A new study reveals that, contrary to first impressions, Rosetta did detect signs of an infant bow shock at the comet it explored for two years – the first ever seen forming anywhere in the Solar System.
Apollo 8: A Story of Christmas Around the Moon 50 years ago, three NASA astronauts embarked on a journey that would take them “Round the moon and back”. The Apollo 8 mission proved the performance of the command and service module. This historic mission launched on December 21, 1968 ...
Horizons mission – Installing life-support system with astronaut aid mobiPV In September 2018 ESA’s next-generation life-support system on the International Space Station was installed. The facility recycles carbon dioxide in the air into water that can then be converted into oxygen reducing supplies sent from Earth by half.
Installing the ...
ICESat-2 Reveals Profile of Ice Sheets Less than three months into its mission, NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, is already exceeding scientists’ expectations.
Viewing the Approach of SpaceX's Dragon to the Space Station International Space Station Commander Alexander Gerst viewed SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft chasing the orbital laboratory on Dec. 8, 2018 and took a series of photos.
NASA Explorers: Permafrost This week, #NASAExplorers head back in time…by going underground. In the Arctic, a frozen layer of soil – permafrost – trapped dead plants and animals for thousands of years. As the climate warms, that soil is beginning to thaw, releasing ...
New Crewmembers Onboard the Space Station on This Week @NASA – December 7, 2018 The space station’s newest crew members are safely onboard, our first asteroid sample return mission arrives at its destination, and the first sounds from Mars … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!
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Ariane 6 on the way to flight This has been an intense year for Ariane 6 development, with progress boosted across Europe: plants are manufacturing new parts using novel methods, all engines have been tested, and the construction of launch facilities is well underway.
SpaceX's CRS-16 Mission to the Space Station: What's On Board? SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will carry crew supplies, scientific research and hardware to the orbiting laboratory to support the Expedition 57 and 58 crews for the 16th contracted mission by SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Investigations on this flight ...
How and Why Is NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission Visiting Asteroid Bennu? On Dec. 3, 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its target, near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Here, the team explains mission goals and the process of approach and rendezvous. OSIRIS-REx will study Bennu for two years before collecting a sample to return ...
Elevating Unity - Episode 5: Third Rocket Powered Flight On July 26th, 2018 VSS Unity completed its third rocket-powered test flight, a key step forward the path to space.
Julia Hunter, Virgin Galactic Vice President and longtime employee, gives us a behind-the-scenes look into her life as a program ...

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