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

This Insanely Loud Sound System Can Actually Kill You

Being shot into space puts spacecraft under extreme stress—but did you know that the sound of the rocket launch can damage a craft? Inside the Large European Acoustic Facility, engineers recreate the incredible noise of a launch to make sure satellites can survive it. According to the ESA, "no human could survive" the… » 1/29/14 1:00pm 1/29/14 1:00pm

Fake Mars Looks Like a Terrible, Terrible Place

If I was one of these Mars500 crew members who spent over 250 days sitting in a room as part of a simulated journey to the red planet, and this was the best Fake Mars the European Space Agency could come up with, I'd be pissed. Keep in mind they have to go back in that room for another 200+ days after they finish… » 2/14/11 8:40pm 2/14/11 8:40pm

Metals Manufactured In Space Could Increase Jet Engine Efficiency

The European Space Agency is looking into manufacturing intermetallic materials in zero gravity space to cut the weight of jet engines in half and increase fuel efficiency. Intermetallic materials are different than alloys in that they are combined at the molecular level, as opposed to merely melting down metals and… » 5/12/08 7:00pm 5/12/08 7:00pm

ESA's Autonomous Space Truck Blasts Off Tomorrow

The European Space Agency is launching the first Automated Transfer Vehicle tomorrow in French Guyana. Though it looks like a satellite, the ATV, christened Jules Verne, is really an unmanned cargo-hauling robot capable of carting 7.6 tons of supplies and other astro-crap up from Earth, and even tow the International… » 3/08/08 3:00pm 3/08/08 3:00pm