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Europe launches next phase of hi-tech Earth satellites

Kourou - The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the second phase of a 4.3-billion-euro ($4.91-billion) programme to deploy new-generation satellites to monitor environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations, officials said.

6 months in 6 mins: Astronaut's timelapse video of Earth from ISS

Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) offered humanity a special gift on Christmas, with 12500 photos of the planet sequenced into a stunning six-minute timelapse video.

NASA announces live coverage of European comet landing

Pasadena - NASA television will provide live coverage of the European Space Agency’s comet lander mission scheduled to touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, Nov.12.

ESA selects name for landing site on 'smelly' comet

Berne - The projected landing site where the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta comet lander is due to make comet-fall next week now has a name.

Antarctic ice melts causing shift in Earth's gravity

The effects of climate change are now so profound that gravity itself is changing. The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Friday that Antarctica has lost enough ice in only three years to cause a shift in the Earth's gravitational pull.

Govt adds 20 species of coral to endangered species list

St. Petersburg - More than a dozen species of corals are the newest addition to the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Announced on Tuesday. The listing of 20 species is the largest Endangered Species Act ruling ever.

Rosetta comet probe team narrows landing site to five locations

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Comet mission has chosen five likely landing sites for its Philae's lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander is scheduled to descend down to the comet's nucleus in November.

ESA's Rosetta probe enters orbit at Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet

Paris - The European Space Agency’s (ESA) comet-chaser mission, already 10 years in transit, has rendezvoused with its target the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet. The ESA Rosetta probe enters orbit around the comet today, Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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Herschel’s view of the Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings. The image is a composi...
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.
ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/N. Schneider, Ph. André, V. Könyves (CEA Saclay, France) for the “Gould
Comparing the size of the James Webb Space Telescope due for launch in 2018 with the Hubble Space Te...
Comparing the size of the James Webb Space Telescope due for launch in 2018 with the Hubble Space Telescope
Wikimedia Commons - Bobarino
In this rare image taken on July 19  2013  the wide-angle camera on NASA s Cassini spacecraft has ca...
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
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Left is an image of the nearby spiral Andromeda galaxy: The rectangle highlights the 7 900 light-yea...
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.
NASA; ESA; B. Williams and J. Dalcanton, University of Washington
Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters...
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.
NSA/JPL Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect: ESA Planck Collaboration; optical image: STScI Digitized Sky
The Rosetta spacecraft.
The Rosetta spacecraft.
ESA
Satellite image of 2011 bloom (the most severe in decades).
Satellite image of 2011 bloom (the most severe in decades).
Credit: MERIS/NASA; processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
ESA s control center
ESA's control center
ESA
Depiction of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Entry  Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module
Depiction of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module
European Space Agency
Scientists working on the mission
Scientists working on the mission
ESA screenshot
The anisotropies of the Cosmic microwave background (CMB) as observed by Planck. The CMB is a snapsh...
The anisotropies of the Cosmic microwave background (CMB) as observed by Planck. The CMB is a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe.
ESA and the Planck Collaboration
Satellite image of 2012 bloom (1/6 the size of 2011).
Satellite image of 2012 bloom (1/6 the size of 2011).
Credit: MERIS/NASA; processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
ESA
July 2011
July 2011
Envisat image features a cloud-free France acquired this image on 15 August 2009.
Envisat image features a cloud-free France acquired this image on 15 August 2009.
European Space Agency
Topographic view of Reull Vallis
Topographic view of Reull Vallis
ESA
A sketch (not to scale) showing axions (blue) streaming out from the Sun  converting in the Earth s ...
A sketch (not to scale) showing axions (blue) streaming out from the Sun, converting in the Earth's magnetic field (red) into X-rays (orange), which are then detected by the XMM-Newton observatory.
University of Leicester
New Herschel and XMM-Newton image of M16
New Herschel and XMM-Newton image of M16
ESA
Diagramatic showing location of Horsehead Nebula in relation to surrounding objects
Diagramatic showing location of Horsehead Nebula in relation to surrounding objects
ESA / Herschel
This Hubble image features dark knots of gas and dust known as  Bok globules   dense pockets in larg...
This Hubble image features dark knots of gas and dust known as "Bok globules," dense pockets in larger molecular clouds. Similar islands of material in the early universe could have held as much water vapor as we find in our galaxy today, despite containing a thousand times less oxygen.
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team