The entrance to the European Space Agency’s ESRIN Earth observation centre near Rome in Italy just got a little brighter, thanks to the French artist known as Invader. »
It’s not just the shadows themselves, though, it’s where they are—because there shouldn’t be any shadows at all. »
Saturn and its moon Titan are a moody looking pair in this image. But despite the fact they look similar in a picture like this, they’re actually far from alike. »
The banks of the Mississippi are usually lush and green — but in this image, captured by the European Space Agency’ Sentinel-2A, radar imaging shows vegetation in bright red. There’s a lot of vegetation.
One day, astronauts on deep space missions may explore the surface of unknown planets remotely—using a rover while they remain in orbit. That concept, though it sounds radically far-off, just got an important dry run. »
In the distant reaches of the Universe, exploding stars and supermassive black holes are bending the very fabric of spacetime. It’s hard to wrap our brains around such tremendous forces, but we may be able to quantify them, in the form of gravitational waves. A new European Space Agency mission marks humanity’s first… »
This has been a year of haptics: From the widespread use of it in consumer electronics through the Apple Watch, to the boom in development of touchable interfaces. Soon, an astronaut aboard the ISS will attempt a major haptic experiment—by controlling a super-precise robot here on Earth using force feedback from… »
‘Tis the season for dwarf planets with an impending flood of Pluto flyby data and Dawn just about to point its spectrometer at the weird white spots on Ceres. Add in ocean floor explorations, a pair of weights in perpetual free-fall, and a rash of rocket launches and we just know this year is going out in a bang of… »
There’s a lot going on in this brand new X-ray view of our galaxy’s center—but just what does all that sound, fury, and color mean?
Europe’s MSG-4 geostationary weather satellite is up and running after its launch on July 15. Earlier today, it’s Spinning Enhanced Visible Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) snapped its first image of Earth. And yes, we are impressed.
Deep at the bottom of the Atlantic, NASA has built an underwater lab—and there are astronauts living there. I joined them (sadly, in a digital format) to see what they’re up to down there and just what kinds of things they might be bringing back from the depths. »
After a couple billion years, most stars with a mass similar to our Sun eventually die, shedding outer layers and creating beautiful planetary nebulas. On the outer layers of this nebula, Abell 78, a dying star had a second stab at life. »
Once you’ve put a satellite into space, that’s normally kind if it. There’s not usually a lot of replanning once your technology is in orbit, meaning that if you want to change something like the broadcast frequency, you’re stuck. That’s the reason these transforming satellites exist. »
Late last week, the European Space Agency lofted its Sentinel-2A satellite into orbit. Now, just four days later, it’s started beaming its first images back to Earth. »
This view of central California from space is amazing for any number of reasons: you can make out the San Andreas Fault, for one, and it’s quite simply gorgeous to look at. But it’s also a parched landscape, whose vibrant greens have dulled to dirty browns. »
This is the interior of an electrode housing box. It may not look much, but the gold–platinum test cube will fly aboard the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder mission in an attempt to achieve the best free-fall ever. »
Despite the obvious similarities, this isn’t another satellite shot showing the Droughtpocalypse engulfing California. Instead, it’s a radar scan of methane-filled lakes on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. »