NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has recently begun sending back the first color images of Pluto and Charon, and they are spectacular. But prior to the probe making its close approach to Pluto on July 14th, scientists have been scouting Pluto’s atmosphere using a 98-inch telescope mounted inside a highly modified Boeing…
Not only did Rosetta take its first peek at its destination comet, but its passenger Philae is awake and functional. The Philae lander scheduled to actually hop down to the comet in November 2014, anchor on, and perform a variety of tests directly on the comet's surface.
Rough weather caused by clouds and storms is easy for pilots and ground crews to spot and avoid when planning a flight route. But even perfectly clear skies can be full of invisible pockets of CAT—or clear-air turbulence—that are now easier to spot and predict thanks to a European laser-based detection system known as…
Before they're strapped onto rockets for a mission to Mars, ion engines, like NASA's VASIMR project need to be tested—here at the STG-ET chamber at the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), one of the most advanced vacuum chambers on the planet.
Germany's aerospace agency, the DLR, has this robot they like to call Rollin' Justin. Recently they've improved his object tracking and tacticle sensors so much that it's able to catch objects on the fly. It'll even catch two balls at once!
Do you know why James T. Kirk is happy? Because those crazy Europeans are developing a magnetic shield that will protect spaceships when entering the Earth's atmosphere. Well, that and because he's thinking about doing naughty things with Uhura.
It looks like the Europervs got a bad case of penis envy: They are now working on a suborbital plane—in the image—similar to the SpaceShipTwo and a hypersonic passenger plane called SpaceLiner.