Solar Powered Global Flight Bid

ESA’s Technology Transfer Program is to supply state-of-the-art technologies to assist adventurer Bertrand Piccard’s flight around…

International Conference on Saturns moon Titan

In the week that sees the 375th anniversary of the birth of the Dutch astronomer Christiaan…

Mars Express confirms methane

During recent observations from the ESA Mars Express spacecraft in orbit around Mars, methane was detected…

Landing on powder or ice?

Rosetta’s lander Philae will do something never before attempted: land on a comet. But how will…

The last stage of an arctic odyssey

The French explorer, Gilles Elkaïm, who left North Cape (Norway) in May 2000, has almost completed…

World’s largest postcard?

The biggest postcard in the world does not fit into any known terrestrial letterbox. It measures…

Mouth of the mighty Yangtze

The coloured waters shown here in this 23 March Envisat Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image…

SMART-1 mission update

ESA’s SMART-1 spacecraft has just made its 250th orbit, in good health and with all functions…

Successful testing of Jules Verne videometer

For the first time, the ‘videometer’ (VDM), a new technology device to ensure very precise automatic…

Europe and Russia: partners in human spaceflight

Fifteen years of fruitful cooperation in human spaceflight activities between Russia and the European Space Agency…