Space Exploration and Astronomy

Giant ‘chimneys’ vent X-rays from Milky Way’s core By surveying the centre of our Galaxy, ESA’s XMM-Newton has discovered two colossal ‘chimneys’ funneling material from the vicinity of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole into two huge cosmic bubbles.
Grande oil spill Copernicus Sentinel-1 has imaged the oil spill from the Grande America ship that sank in the Atlantic, 300 km off the coast of France
Waxing Gibbous Moon Above Earth's Limb The waxing gibbous moon is pictured above Earth's limb as the International Space Station was orbiting 266 miles above the South Atlantic Ocean.
Jupiter arm out Technology image of the week: Extending a 10.5-m long magnetometer boom held up by balloons for ESA’s Jupiter mission at the Agency’s Netherlands-based Test Centre
Copernicus Sentinel-1 maps floods in wake of Idai As millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere’s worst storm, Copernicus Sentinel-1 is one of the satellite missions being used to map flooded areas to help ...
ESA and climate change Climate change is high on the global agenda.
To tackle climate change, a global perspective is needed and this can be provided by satellites. Their data is key if we want to prepare ourselves for the consequences of climate change. ...
Taking gravity from strength to strength Ten years ago, ESA launched one of its most innovative satellites. GOCE spent four years measuring a fundamental force of nature: gravity. This extraordinary mission not only yielded new insights into our gravity field, but led to some amazing discoveries ...
Preparing for Apollo 11 Apollo 11 backup crew members Fred Haise (left) and Jim Lovell prepare to enter the Lunar Module for an altitude test.
BioRock and roll Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Microbial experiment ‘dry run’ yields gorgeous results
Exoplanet science with Cheops Kate Isaak, our Cheops project scientist, talks to ESA Web TV about the science that will be performed with our upcoming Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, scheduled for launch in late 2019. She describes how Cheops will make observations of exoplanet-hosting ...
NASA Administrator Bridenstine Chats with Elon Musk of SpaceX On the latest Watch this Space, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine chats with SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk during a tour of Launch Complex 39A just before the Demo-1 launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The historic ...
Going Where the Wind Takes It ​Electronics technician Anna Noe makes final checks to the Doppler Aerosol Wind Lidar (DAWN) before it begins a cross-country road trip for use in an upcoming airborne science campaign.
ESA’s Hera asteroid mission borrows eyes of NASA’s Dawn The mission to the smallest asteroid ever explored will employ the same main camera as the mission to the largest asteroids of all. ESA’s proposed Hera spacecraft to the Didymos asteroid pair has inherited its main imager from NASA’s Dawn ...
ESA webinars - CubeSats in the context of space debris With this webinar about CubeSats in the context of space debris, we want to raise awareness of the space debris problem to the CubeSat community, present the Space Debris Mitigation (SDM) requirements and what they mean for CubeSats, discuss Post ...
Strong Budget Support for Moon to Mars Effort on This Week @NASA – March 15, 2019 Strong budget support for our Moon to Mars effort, a new crew launches to the space station, and training for Orion recovery … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!
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Liftoff! A New Crew Heads to the Space Station The Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft lifted off with Expedition 59 crewmembers on a journey to the International Space Station.
The Soyuz at Dawn The Soyuz rocket is seen at dawn on launch site 1 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
ESA greenlight for UK's air-breathing rocket engine The development programme of the world’s first air-breathing rocket engine has taken an additional significant step forward, which will lead to major testing milestones being undertaken within the next 18 months.  
Testing space batteries to destruction for cleaner skies Engineers descended into bunkers to test space batteries to destruction – through overheating, overcharging, short circuits and even by shooting them with bullets. The three-year test campaign is helping assess the risk of abandoned satellites exploding in orbit due to ...
Virgin Galactic In Space For The Second Time On 22nd February 2019, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo flew into space at three times the speed of sound with three crew members on board.

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