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Op-Ed: The future of advertising lies within video games

Although there are no commercial breaks in video games, there is no shortage of advertising and product placement within the gaming world.
In the Media by Adam Dawson

ESA's new Plato planet hunter will examine a million star systems

Warwick - The European Space Agency announced Wednesday that a new space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars will form the third plank of the ESA’s medium-class (M-class) science missions.
In the Media by Robert Myles

ESA observatory to find other hospitable planets

The European Space Agency (ESA) will be sending an observatory to space to search for potentially hospitable planets outside our solar system.
In the Media by Michael Thomas

European satellite Gaia will map 1 billion stars

Cayenne - The European Space Agency launched a new satellite, Thursday, which is expected to "boldly go where no satellite has gone before," providing the most accurate three-dimensional map of our part of the Milky Way.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey

Remarkable footage of Red Planet marks 10 years of Mars Express

Cologne - As the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter approaches the tenth anniversary of arrival in orbit at the Red Planet, the ESA has assembled a fascinating topographical ‘fly-by’ of Mars.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Meteorite study suggests carbon capture locked up Mars atmosphere

East Kilbride - Examination of a meteorite that’s believed to have fallen to Earth around 3,000 years ago has provided clues as to how Mars lost its atmosphere, previously rich in carbon dioxide (CO2).
In the Media by Robert Myles

ESA's Planck Space Telescope takes final look back in time

Darmstadt - The European Space Agency (ESA) switched off its Planck space telescope for good at 12:10:27 UT, Thursday. Planck spent over four years peering back in time, studying background radiation from the Big Bang that gave birth to our Universe.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

New satellite data measures Arctic sea ice volume at record low

Edinburgh - Latest observations on Arctic sea ice from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Cryosat mission, presented at a symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland, last week, reveal a new record low volume of sea ice in the northern polar region.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Azure blue planet identified by Hubble telescope

Scientists have for the first time discovered the true colour of a planet orbiting another star, and the planet's colour bears a resemblance to that of Earth.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 2 comments

ESA’s new Biomass satellite to measure Earth’s precious resources

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Monday, the selection of ‘Biomass’ as the subject of its seventh Earth Explorer mission. The planned satellite will measure, to great accuracy, biomass and carbon stored in the world’s forests.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Startling new images of Horsehead Nebula from Herschel and Hubble

Obtained from the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, spectacular new high resolution images were yesterday released of the Horsehead Nebula in the constellation Orion.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Solar event gives prospect of spectacular auroras this weekend

Early yesterday morning NASA released details of an observed solar phenomenon, an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection with the potential to disrupt satellites and communications over the next one to three days.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

ESA and Roscosmos sign deal for ExoMars Mars explorer missions

The European Space Agency and the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, announced today that they entered a formal agreement to work together on the ExoMars programme, looking ahead to the launch of two missions to the planet Mars in 2016 and 2018.
In the Media by Robert Myles

NASA joins ESA's Euclid mission to explore Universe's dark forces

NASA and the European Space Agency this week announced that NASA would be participating in the ESA’s Euclid mission scheduled for launch in 2020. Euclid is a space telescope whose purpose is to investigate cosmic dark matter and dark energy.
In the Media by Robert Myles

ESA space launches in 2013: A busy year for European Space Agency

The European Space Agency has released details of space missions scheduled in 2013 and developments in prospect with current orbiters and satellites.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Stunning galactic bridge revealed by ESA Planck space telescope

The Planck space telescope operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) this week unveiled a spectacular image of a bridge of hot gases connecting a pair of galaxy clusters across millions of light years of space.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Arctic sea ice to hit record low

The Arctic sea ice looks as if it will be hitting a record low by the end of August, according to satellite data. Reports on August 13, 2012, show that the ice extent was 186,000 square miles below the 2007 data.
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 3 comments

Video: European space probe to search for life on Jupiter's moons

The European Space Agency (ESA) is planning to launch a space mission in 2022 to explore Jupiter's moons. ESA officials say the mission, Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE), will reach Jupiter in 2030 and spend three years studying its moons.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 1 comment

NASA captures new images of Saturn's moon Rhea

NASA displayed new raw, unedited images of Saturn's moon Rhea, captured by the Cassini spacecraft on a close-approach of 42,000 kilometers (26,000 miles), a relatively distant pass suitable for geologic mapping.

ESA's ATVs named to tell space science history while stocking ISS

The European Space Agency announced its fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle has been named Georges Lemaître, after the Belgian scientist who provided the first observational estimation of the Hubble constant, which was later called the Big Bang theory.

NASA finds new ultra-blue stars

The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a large group of unusual hot, bright, ultra-blue stars glowing in the heart of Andromeda, the second closest galaxy to the Milky Way, NASA announced.

European Space economics under the spotlight

Brussels - Should part of future Space Budgets be allocated directly to end-users of satellite services? This was one of the issues discussed at the recent Eurisy Conference "Securing the benefits of satellite services for European society", held in Brussels.
In the Media by Lee Labuschagne

Scientists to discuss ways to deal with an asteroid impact

How would the world react to the threat of an asteroid impact? This is the topic of a three-day workshop on Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) and the dangers they present, that will be held in Darmstadt, Germany next week.
In the Media by Lee Labuschagne

'Space for Human Benefit and Exploration'

Prague - The 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 27 September to 1 October under the theme 'Space for Human Benefit and Exploration' .
In the Media by Lee Labuschagne

Cluster mission: 10th anniversary briefing on Sept.1

Darmstadt - ESA's pioneering Cluster mission is celebrating its 10th anniversary and to mark the event a comprehensive public briefing will be held on Sept 1 in Darmstad, Germany by ESA mission scientists and operations managers.
In the Media by Lee Labuschagne

Exciting experiment leaves for Space Station 26 Aug

The departure of one of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built to the International Space Station (ISS) has been scheduled for 26 August. European media have been invited to witness this event.
In the Media by Lee Labuschagne - 1 comment

Planck telescope releases first full-sky image of universe

Europe's super telescope known as Planck recently captured the first full-sky image of the universe. The image has been called "an extraordinary treasure chest of new data for astronomers."
In the Media by David Silverberg - 6 comments

ESA's Proba-2 satellite tests technologies, shows new Sun views

A European Space Agency (ESA) team from the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Brussels, released the Proba-2 satellite's new images of the Sun and declared the first three months of its technology testing mission a success.

Participants Wanted for Simulated Flight to Mars

If you've got some time to kill, why not spend the next 520 days on a trip to the red planet? Well, a simulated one anyways.
In the Media by Christoffer Olling Back

European Space Probe blasts off on a revolutionary mission

A probe consisting of two space telescopes was launched from the European Space Agency’s base at Kourou in French Guiana 48 hours ago. Its mission? To search for clues to which would help in the quest to find out more about the origins of the cosmos.
In the Media by Michael Cosgrove - 7 comments
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Schematic of Arctic ice thickness in 2013 presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013
ESA Living Planet Symposium
Schematic of Arctic ice thickness in 2013 presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013
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Scientists working on the mission
ESA screenshot
Scientists working on the mission
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3D view of Reull Vallis
ESA
3D view of Reull Vallis
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The ESA s Gaia satellite will measure the positions of a very large number of stars with unprecedent...
European Space Agency - ESA Gaia Project
The ESA's Gaia satellite will measure the positions of a very large number of stars with unprecedented accuracy. The distances and motions of stars in the Milky Way will be determined with extraordinary precision, allowing astronomers to determine our Galaxy's 3-dimensional structure, space velocities of its constituent stars and, from these data, further our understanding of our Galaxy's origin and evolution.
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Diagramatic showing location of Horsehead Nebula in relation to surrounding objects
ESA / Herschel
Diagramatic showing location of Horsehead Nebula in relation to surrounding objects
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Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
ESA
Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
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In this rare image taken on July 19  2013  the wide-angle camera on NASA s Cassini spacecraft has ca...
NASA/JPL-Caltech
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame
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Envisat image features a cloud-free France acquired this image on 15 August 2009.
European Space Agency
Envisat image features a cloud-free France acquired this image on 15 August 2009.
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Satellite image of 2012 bloom (1/6 the size of 2011).
Credit: MERIS/NASA; processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
Satellite image of 2012 bloom (1/6 the size of 2011).
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Artist s impression of ESA s Rosetta comet chaser and lander
Wikimedia Commons - By Rosetta_philae NASA derivative work
Artist's impression of ESA's Rosetta comet chaser and lander
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The ESA and NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured these images of the Sun spitting out...
ESA&NASA/SOHO
The ESA and NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured these images of the Sun spitting out a coronal mass ejection (CME) on March 15, 2013, from 3:24 to 4:00 a.m. EDT. This type of image is known as a coronagraph, since a disk is placed over the Sun to better see the dimmer atmosphere around it, called the corona.
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NASA/ESA s Hubble Space Telescope produced this highly detailed image of the Orion Nebula  taking ov...
NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion/
NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope produced this highly detailed image of the Orion Nebula, taking over 105 Hubble orbits using all the telescope's imaging instruments simultaneously to capture the cosmic spectacle.
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Herschel’s view of the Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings. The image is a composi...
ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/N. Schneider, Ph. André, V. Könyves (CEA Saclay, France) for the “Gould
Herschel’s view of the Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings. The image is a composite of the wavelengths of 70 microns (blue), 160 microns (green) and 250 microns (red), and covers 4.5x1.5 degrees. The image is oriented with northeast towards the left of the image and southwest towards the right.
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Topographic view of Reull Vallis
ESA
Topographic view of Reull Vallis
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Left is an image of the nearby spiral Andromeda galaxy: The rectangle highlights the 7 900 light-yea...
NASA; ESA; B. Williams and J. Dalcanton, University of Washington
Left is an image of the nearby spiral Andromeda galaxy: The rectangle highlights the 7,900 light-years-wide region probed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope near the galaxy's hub; there a grouping of stars shows as a bright area, and the blue dots sprinkled throughout are extremely hot ultra-blue stars.
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Ariane 5 solid booster is the main workhorse of the European Space Agency
Tom Page
Ariane 5 solid booster is the main workhorse of the European Space Agency
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The Cosmic microwave background (CMB) as observed by Planck  is a snapshot of the oldest light in ou...
ESA / Planck
The Cosmic microwave background (CMB) as observed by Planck, is a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe, imprinted on the sky when the Universe was just 380 000 years old
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Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters...
NSA/JPL Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect: ESA Planck Collaboration; optical image: STScI Digitized Sky
Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower center) & Abell 401 (top left). The galaxy pair is located about a billion light-years from Earth. The gas bridge extends approximately 10 million light-years between them. The image shows the 2 galaxy clusters as seen at optical wavelengths with ground-based telescopes & through the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect (in orange) with the Planck satellite.
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XMM-Newton X-ray view of Messier 16
VLT/ISAAC/McCaughrean & Andersen/AIP/ESO
XMM-Newton X-ray view of Messier 16
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Artist s impression of the ESA s Euclid space telescope scheduled for a 2020 launch
European Space Agency - ESA Press
Artist's impression of the ESA's Euclid space telescope scheduled for a 2020 launch
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