Rosetta's Lander Is Now Asleep on the Comet, Waiting For a Brighter Sun

Goodnight, Philae, though not, we hope, goodbye. The lander is now in sleep mode, keeping "all instruments and most systems on board shut down." Thankfully, engineers managed to gather all the collected comet data before Philae's batteries were depleted. If we're lucky, it may wake up when it gets closer to the Sun. » 11/14/14 9:00pm 11/14/14 9:00pm

Simulating the ESA's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! landing with brick

In celebration of the ESA successfully landing Philae on the surface of a Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko today, I dug through the archives and found a video I remember watching some 4 years ago showing the details of the mission recreated using Mindstorms, Technic and a bunch of brick. » 11/13/14 1:45pm 11/13/14 1:45pm

Rosetta's Comet Is Singing and You Can Listen To It Here

Listen to it! That's Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko singing. This cosmic song was just discovered by the European Space Agency, which released the soundtrack for our enjoyment. It's totally new and unexpected, say the scientists who will remotely land a probe on the rocky surface of the comet tomorrow. » 11/11/14 1:33pm 11/11/14 1:33pm

Inside the ESA's Plan To Build the First Moon Base

We've known for years that the European Space Agency was pursuing research aimed at developing a lunar base. And the ESA has continued to build on the concept alongside a team of architects—today, it released a video that shows more specifics about the idea, which would use lunar soil to print a habitat for four… » 11/06/14 10:51am 11/06/14 10:51am

The Space Station Had to Change Its Orbit to Avoid Space Junk

If you've seen Gravity, you know how it goes: Even a tiny speck of paint shooting through space at 18,000 mph can be catastrophic. So when a hand-sized piece of space debris was going to fly by the International Space Station last week, the European Space Agency fired up the thrusters on a resupply ship docked at the… » 11/04/14 1:52pm 11/04/14 1:52pm