Thanks to ESA’s Mars Express, we now know that Mars has vast fields of perennial water ice, stretching out from the south pole of the Red Planet.
On Friday, 12 March 2004, the Sun ejected a spectacular ‘eruptive prominence’ into the heliosphere. SOHO, the ESA/NASA solar watchdog observatory, faithfully recorded the event.
The Rosetta Science Working Team has made the final selection of the asteroids that Rosetta will observe at close quarters during its journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Steins and Lutetia lie in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
SkyPlex is a technological and commercial breakthrough in Satellite Telecommunications. Due for launch on 16 March from Baïkonour aboard Eutelsat’s W3A satellite, SkyPlex will deliver Internet and TV services.
Starry Night”, Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, is renowned for its bold whorls of light sweeping across a raging night sky. Although this image of the heavens came only from the artist’s restless imagination, a new picture from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope bears remarkable similarities to the Van Gogh work, complete with never-before-seen spirals of dust swirling across trillions of kilometres of interstellar space.
As Ariane 5 sped into space carrying Rosetta, it was easy to forget that behind this and every launch is a cast of hundreds. These people have been working for many months to prepare Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, for these brief minutes of excitement.
On the last night of February 2002 ESA’s Envisat – the largest and most sophisticated Earth Observation spacecraft ever built – swapped the tropical atmosphere of French Guiana for orbital vacuum, as it was shot 800 km into the sky by Ariane 5 launcher.
Hecates Tholus volcano as seen by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on Mars Express during orbit 32 from an altitude of 275 km. The 3D image requires stereoscopic (red/green) glasses to view.
What resembles the head and torso of a human and will be attached outside the International Space Station? The answer is the European Matroshka experiment facility. During the night of 26/27 February the ISS Expedition 8 crew of Alexander Kaleri and Michael Foale will carry out a 5-hour 45-minute spacewalk and, amongst other tasks, attach Matroshka to the Russian Zvezda module.
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Visible from ESA’s Proba spacecraft 600 kilometres away in space are the largest of the many Nasca Lines; ancient desert markings now at risk from human encroachment as well as flood events feared to be increasing in frequency.
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