The Camera Inside This Satellite May Soon Scan Your Skin for Cancer

The European Space agency has just announced that doctors will be adapting its Proba-V vegetation-scanning satellite camera for a decidedly non-vegetative purpose: Monitoring human skin cells. The hardware within this satellite may, in a few years, form the core of a new medical device that doctors can use to scan… » 3/08/15 1:15pm 3/08/15 1:15pm

Watch the Rosetta Spacecraft's Comet Landing on Live Webcast Here

About 24 hours from now, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will deliver a tiny lander to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it rockets through our solar system. You can watch the whole thing live, right here. » 11/11/14 3:30pm 11/11/14 3:30pm

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 European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter sunshield undergoes thermal testing. The infrared image on the right shows the temperature of the surface; the red region is at a toasty 380 Celsius or 715 Fahrenheit. [ESA] » 6/04/14 4:15am 6/04/14 4:15am

Car-Sized Hunk From Satellite Launch Found in the Amazon

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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

World's Biggest Spacecraft Is Like a Flying Fresh Direct Truck

The International Space Station (ISS) is far from self-sufficient. To shuttle food and equipment resupplies up to the station, the European Space Agency (ESA) relies on a fleet of disposable Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) like the recently launched Edoardo Amaldi. » 4/02/12 12:20pm 4/02/12 12:20pm

What Is This?

Just what the hell is going on here? A piece of candy under the microscope? An oil slick? Are we all on drugs right now? No—well, maybe you are—but this picture isn't the result. It's from spaaa-aaace. » 11/09/11 8:20pm 11/09/11 8:20pm

Scientists Are Planning a Real-Life Armageddon Mission

In the timeless masterpiece Armageddon, by auteur Michael Bay, Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck were sent into space to blow up an asteroid headed straight for Earth. Now, in real life, scientists are going to do the same thing. » 8/17/11 9:10am 8/17/11 9:10am

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

Which Photo Was Shot by the European Space Agency, and Which One is…

Amateur in comparison to the European Space Agency's millions, that is, not to you and I who don't have $15,000 to spend on home photography set-ups. But which of these space shots is the amateur—can you tell? » 1/07/11 8:00am 1/07/11 8:00am

Does Justin Bieber Stress You Out? These Heart-Rate-Monitoring…

Biometric devices and personal electronics have increasingly become intertwined over the years, but few have merged the two ideas as seamlessly as these headphones, which can also measure your heart rate. » 12/23/10 12:40am 12/23/10 12:40am

Volunteers Wanted For 520-Day Pretend Trip To Mars

The European Space Agency is looking for volunteers to spend 520 days isolated a Moscow facility where they'd simulate traveling to, living on, and coming back from Mars. Not bad, except the pretend travel lasts 250 days each way. » 10/22/09 4:00am 10/22/09 4:00am

Fabric Antenna-Based Personal Communicator Makes Most of My Star Trek…

My second biggest Star Trek fantasy? Being able to tap a badge to communicate. Silly, but not to a Finnish company who is improving on Star Trek design and my fantasies with flexible, fabric communicators toting built-in GPS to boot. » 10/02/09 12:00am 10/02/09 12:00am

Russia Locks Up Volunteers in Mock Space Ship to Simulate Mars Trip

A group of 6 volunteers just finished a simulated 105-day mission to Mars. Completely stuck on the ground, the subjects were essentially locked in a room so that researchers could gauge the psychological impact of isolation. » 7/29/09 9:20am 7/29/09 9:20am

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

Space Is Full of Crap

The European Space Agency has just released images showing all the satellites and human-made debris now orbiting space as a result of 51 years of launching stuff since Sputnik. That's about 6,000 satellites up there—of which only 800 remain operational—plus thousands of other objects from launches and accidents.… » 4/11/08 11:40am 4/11/08 11:40am

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

ESA To Debut Satellite-Based Multimedia Radio

Radio listeners in Europe may need to thank the European Space Agency if all goes according to plan. The ESA is set to debut a new type of multimedia radio tomorrow that makes use of currently existing satellites and a low profile antenna affixed to cars' roofs (seen here). The new and improved (!) radio is being… » 1/24/07 8:44am 1/24/07 8:44am

Firefighter Suit Chock-Full of Tech

The I-Garment (Integration System for Management of Civil Protection Units) promises to make the dangerous job of firefighting markedly less so. Designed by a consortium of Portuguese firms and agencies and funded by the European Space Agency, the I-Garment makes use of numerous technologies, including satellite… » 12/18/05 2:49pm 12/18/05 2:49pm