For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event.
New insights from the Saturn spacecraft’s exploration are being presented this week at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Science meeting.
ESA’s Integral satellite recently played a crucial role in discovering the flash of gamma rays linked to the gravitational waves released by the collision of two neutron stars.
When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as i…
Launched last week, Europe’s Sentinel-5P satellite – the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe – is in excellent health.
Space Science Image of the Week: A cloudy day over volcanic Mars, captured by the ExoMars orbiter
NASA is seeking information from U.S. parties interested in operating the Spitzer Space Telescope with non-NASA funding after March 2019, when NASA financial support ends.
Our week through the lens: 9-13 October 2017
From ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, watch the replay of the event to celebrate the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
There’s no shortage of ideas. Here are a few of the scenarios explored.
Gravitational waves let us see the invisible universe in new ways.
Watch the replay of the Sentinel-5P launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
Earth observation image of the week: Northeastern Russia and the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, from where the Sentinel-5P satellite is set for launch today
A new NASA study provides space-based evidence Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide in at least 2,000 years.
OCO-2 data are revealing subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth, as demonstrated by a diverse special collection of research papers in the journal Science.
The Sentinel-3 satellite captured Hurricane Ophelia as it gains strength over the Atlantic Ocean
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but “Lucaparmitano” is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer.
The Kuiper Belt object Haumea has been hiding something from us.
Astronomers have nearly doubled the previous record for a distance measurement within our galaxy, paving the way for a full galactic map.
Operations image of the week: ESA’s antenna in Sweden will be the first to catch signals from Sentinel-5P in space tomorrow
Tackling future challenges. Watch the Global Space Economic Workshop in Paris 13 October, streaming live from 09:00 CEST
A study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of dust and debris than those without disks.
Shorter tease: Analysis of science data from the spacecraft’s final plunge is ongoing, but Cassini engineers already have a clear understanding of how the spacecraft behaved during its dive.
Sentinel-3 captured smoke from a recent outbreak of wildfires in the US state of California as they spread to the Pacific coast
These new stars aren’t new at all —but they still have a story to tell.
Live from ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, follow the event leading up to the launch of Sentinel-5P. Streaming begins at 08:30 GMT (10:30 CEST)
Follow the Sentinel-5P launch live from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia on 13 October. Streaming begins at 09:00 GMT (11:00 CEST), with liftoff scheduled at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST)
Technology image of the week: A young visitor explores ESA’s satellite test centre during Open Day
We are all aware that Antarctica’s ice shelves are thinning, but recently scientists have also discovered huge canyons cutting through the underbelly of these shelves, potentially making them even more fragile. Thanks to the CryoSat and Se…
NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss new research to be published this week on changing global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
A small space rock is being used by asteroid trackers around the world to test an international warning network.
The Concordia research station in Antarctica is a place of extremes: for nine months no supplies can be delivered, the nearest living beings are 600 km away at the Russian Vostok station, and the Sun does not rise above the horizon for fou…
The Rêves de Gosse association, together with ESA and Novespace, helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights.
Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space.
Small explosions called “nanoflares” may explain why parts of the Sun’s corona can reach tens of millions of degrees.
Human Spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Spacewalking astronauts
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
Why do galaxies stop making stars?
Space Science Image of the Week: This colourful patchwork maps geological features on Mercury, destination for our upcoming BepiColombo mission
The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth.
ESA and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, with the BBK Foundation, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Spanish arts centre with a performance of Chasmata, a journey to Mars through contemporary art, music and architecture. Monday’s concert can be seen online starting at 18:30 GMT (20:30 CEST).
Our week through the lens: 2-6 October 2017
For nearly 70 million years, the Moon had an atmosphere formed by volcanic gas.
Join us Friday, 6 October, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme
Operations image of the week: A meteoroid burns up in the atmosphere as seen over Ermelo, the Netherlands
Dunes are prominent indicators of prevailing winds, as can be seen on this crater floor on Mars, imaged by ESA’s Mars Express on 16 May.
One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last.
Evidence is growing for the existence of Planet 9 — a world perhaps 10 times the mass of Earth and 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune.
NASA’s longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths.
Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Is it a bird? Is it a Space Station? It is both …
As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia’s Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST).
Technology image of the week: ESA’s cavernous Hertz test chamber will be on show to the public during Sunday’s Open Day in the Netherlands
A NASA mission is sponsoring undergraduate research to test space-based manufacturing.
Three American physicists have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their contribution to detecting gravitational waves.
Celebrating 60 years of the Space Age
InSight, NASA’s next Mars mission, will include two microchips bearing names from the public.
The first direct observations of gravitational waves have earned the Nobel Prize in Physics for three key players in the LIGO collaboration.
A space-based study finds underground water reserves in California’s Silicon Valley rebounded quickly from the recent drought in response to conservation measures.
Sixty years ago, the first ‘beep-beep’ signal from Sputnik was heard from the heavens on the night of 4 October 1957, marking the beginning of a new era for humankind.
From the barren Sahara to lush jungles, the first high-resolution map classifying land cover types on the entire African continent has been released. The map was created using some 180 000 images from Sentinel-2A
After nearly two years in limbo, the long-delayed Thirty Meter Telescope receives fresh construction permit.
Europe’s next two Galileo navigation satellites have touched down in Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana ahead of the launch of a quartet by Ariane 5 at the end of this year.
Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Moon rising as lightning strikes Earth in this video timelapse from ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli
Researchers have reconstructed a previously unseen image of Comet 67P taken by Rosetta.
Ariane 5 has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-37e and BSAT-4a, into their planned orbits.
An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface.
Our week through the lens: 25-29 September 2017
Relive European Researchers’ Night at ESA’s Earth Observation Centre, ESRIN, 29 September
Cassini may be done, but our solar system still calls us to explore.
Get ready to study some pictures like a true detective.
Tempus Pro, a portable vital-signs monitor offering telemedicine via satellite, is helping medics at ESA astronaut landings. Thomas Pesquet was the first to benefit at the end of his mission in May.
Earth observation image of the week: the jagged islands along the west coast of Greenland in a Sentinel-2 false-colour image, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme
Reanalysis of data from a NASA orbiter suggests significant hydration near the Martian equator, a mysterious finding because scientists figure water-ice shouldn’t be there.
A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies.
NASA is testing cutting-edge propulsion for upcoming asteroid mission.
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli speaks at New Scientist Live from the International Space Station, Friday 29 September starting 12:40 GMT (14:40 CEST)
Scientists analysing the final telemetry sent by Rosetta immediately before it shut down on the surface of the comet last year have reconstructed one last image of its touchdown site.
Join us Friday, 29 September, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme
Operations image of the week: In future, engineers will command satellites and rovers with the wave of a hand, and astronauts will train on Earth to extinguish a fire in a Moon habitat
Researchers using the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) have mapped a planetary nebula for the first time ever.
Ten years ago, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft set sail for the two most massive bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.
Cubesat experts are helping to map out icy, underwater caves.
Last year, physicists made history by observing the first-ever gravitational wave. Their discovery confirmed Albert Einstein’s century-old theory of gravity and capped decades of effort to build an instrument sensitive enough to catch these rippl…
Technology image of the week: A new full-size model of ESA’s ice satellite arrives at the Space Expo visitor centre in the Netherlands
Representatives from the Netherlands Space Office and Airbus Defence and Space join the programme to discuss Sentinel-5P’s unique Tropomi instrument and building the satellite to carry it
A long radar boom that will probe below the surface of Jupiter’s icy moons has been tested on Earth with the help of a helicopter.
The teams that will fly Sentinel-5P are training intensively for launch, ensuring that everyone knows their job and can react to any emergency.
Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Australia’s Adelaide, host city of this year’s International Astronautical Congress, seen from space
Here’s the future humanity has in store for our ringed world.
A start-up company from ESA’s business incubator in Bavaria has developed a training app to help runners to exercise in a healthy way, and to reduce injuries from over-training.
Engineers have been at Russia’s Plesetsk launch site for a month now, ticking off the jobs on the ‘to do’ list so that the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is fit and ready for liftoff on 13 October. With the satellite now fuelled, the team has passed another milestone.
After nearly 50 years, researchers show the highest-energy cosmic rays have extragalactic origins.
Highlighting Rosetta’s ever-changing view of the comet, a year since the mission concluded
Origami has taken on new shape at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Disaster relief workers in Mexico City who are responding to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake used a suitcase-sized radar instrument than can detect human heartbeats under rubble.
Our week through the lens: 18-22 September 2017
Our Moon is a graveyard of satellite crash sites, including the demise of SMART-1.
A new NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City may help responders and groups supporting response efforts.