A crew of NASA and ESA astronauts and researchers has arrived to underwater laboratory, Aquarius. They’ll be using the underwater conditions to simulate a crewed trip to Mars.
Seventy-one days from now, the Rosetta spacecraft will end its historic mission by crashing onto the surface of its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Mission planners have now selected the spacecraft’s final, mission-ending destination—and it’s a good one.
Stare deep into this abyss. What you are seeing right now is one of the deepest views into space possible.
Set yourself a reminder for September 30—that’s when the Rosetta spacecraft will make a controlled descent and crash on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. After 12 years in space and nearly two years circling around this dusty, weirdly-shaped comet, this historic mission is finally coming to an end.
An underground cave is precisely the wrong direction if you’re hoping to go into space—so why is the European Space Agency sending the latest batch of ISS-bound astronauts on a spelunking expedition? To practice for life in a sealed tin can, of course.
Astronauts typically need a couple of days to get used to microgravity. But as Tim Peake demonstrates in this new video, astronauts eventually develop an extreme tolerance to all that spinning and floating.
There’s no shortage of footage showing what life aboard the International Space Station is like, but unless you’ve had a chance to spend some time there, the ISS’ sprawling and ever-expanding layout can be confusing. To help make better sense of it, the European Space Agency has created a narrated video tour of the…
Welcome to the Universe, IRAS 14568-6304. There’s no catchy name for this particular stellar object, because it’s too new to have been given one.
Scientists have long debated the possibility that some of the key ingredients for life on Earth were brought to our newly-formed planet by comets and asteroids. A new discovery in the “fuzzy atmosphere” of Rosetta’s comet may lend some credence to this theory.
You’re looking at a half-scale model of the European Space Agency’s appropriately adorable-sounding Mascot-2 asteroid lander. Come 2022, a device like this will give us an unprecedented glimpse into what it’s like on an asteroid.
This colorful image may look like a work of modern art, but it’s actually a false-color satellite image of Rub’ al Khali—the largest contiguous sand desert in the world, and home to insanely hostile conditions.
In a universe full of planets, 2007 OR10 is something special. It’s big, just slightly smaller than the size of Pluto. And it’s close, within our very own solar system. So how did it still manage to take astronomers by surprise?
This quarter-inch diameter chip was photographed by British astronaut Tim Peake from inside the Cupola module of the International Space Station. Alarmingly, it’s actually in one of the windows.
It’s been a decade since the last rare but beautiful sighting of Mercury crossing the sun appeared. Today, the event is happening again, and you can watch it happen here between 10:30-11:30 am (EST).
Space agencies in Europe and Russia have sadly announced that their next mission to the surface of Mars with a rover will be delayed by two years, from 2018 t0 2020.
The European Space Agency launched its latest satellite at the start of the week, and it’s already beaming back beautiful images like this one.
The very name of the T6 ion thruster sounds like something from sci-fi. But it’s very real, and this little engine will be one of four that take the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo spacecraft to Mercury.
The London Marathon was held earlier today, and among its runners? Astronaut Tim Peake, orbiting above the Earth on the International Space Station, and he set the world(?) record for running a marathon in space.
Last month, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos lofted their ExoMars mission into space. Now, it’s sent back the first image from its journey to the Red Planet.
British astronaut Tim Peake must be missing home a little, because he’s been taking some incredible images of the UK and northern Europe during his time aboard the International Space Station.