As UK fires-up private space industry, Space Camp Accelerator launches

The UK government recently passed the Space Industry Bill, covering the basics like spaceflight licensing, insurance requirements and safety commitments. It didn’t make much of a splash when it was

ESA shows off sweet new renders of the Exomars 2020 rover

Late last year the European Space Agency doubled down on its Mars mission, dedicating half a billion euros to the next phase of its Exomars 2020 program — and now we are seeing the benefits of that

ESA commits half a billion to its next Mars lander despite predecessor’s crash

The European Space Agency is doubling down on Mars, dedicating nearly half a billion dollars to its follow-up mission to the planet's surface — even though the first one quite literally cratered. Bu

A failed lander and a working orbiter – everything we know about ESA’s ExoMars mission

Update (October 21st 11:30 am PT) With the help of NASA, ESA has located their failed Schiaparelli lander. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a Mars-orbiting satellite equipped with cameras, wa

Rosetta goes out in a blaze of glory — and science

Let's all take a moment and pour one out metaphorically for Rosetta, the pioneering spacecraft that gave our newly spacefaring race its first comet landing. The orbiter performed its final task early

A robot learns to cope with the loss of an eye in an experiment carried out on the ISS

Humans are pretty good at ballparking distances, even with one eye closed — but it turns out computer vision systems have a hard time with it. Researchers hope to fix that, or at least make robots a

2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

2020 is set to be a good year for Mars exploration. The United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia all have planned Mars missions that are scheduled to launch, or likely to laun

Europe Launches Sentinel-3A And The International Nature of Earth Observation

Yesterday at 12:57 pm EST, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched the Sentinel-3A satellite into orbit. The Earth-observing satellite was launched by the Russian-made Rockot launcher 

Rosetta Gets Close-Up Photos Of Comet P67

Back in November, the European Space Agency made history by landing a probe on Comet 67P, marking the first time that any spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of a comet. The mission has

The Rosetta’s Philae Probe Makes History, Successfully Lands On Comet 67P

In an historic mission that has taken more than a decade, the European Space Agency has successfully landed a probe called the Philae Lander on a comet called 67P, marking the first time a space craft

Follow The Rosetta Space Mission To Land On A Comet

The European Space Agency is in the midst of attempting a first of its kind space mission: to land a probe on a comet. You can follow the lander's progress via the ESA live blog.

Forget 3D-Printed Buildings, The European Space Agency Is Exploring 3D-Printed Moon Bases

There's already been plenty of talk about <a href="">3D printing entire buildings</

Fantastic European Space Agency photo shows light from the time of the Big Bang

Oh, the joy this photo brings me. It was taken by the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope over the period of a year, and it shows, among other treasures, some of the oldest light in the uni

The European Space Agency wants to extend the ISS's life until 2020

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New European IXV re-entry vehicle to traverse "l'espace"

The European Space Agency has been working on a new re-entry vehicle, but unlike NASA is not interested in a reusable shuttle-like approach. They’re planning on having an “expendable&#8221

Officially official: The real E3 is coming back next year

It was rumored for a few days but now it’s official: the E3 we all know and love is coming back next year. While the Entertainment Software Association says pretty much anyone will be allowed to

Norwegian teen wins contest to send MP3s into space

In order to promote its Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the European Space Agency held a contest last summer. The rules were simple; send in a playlist of ten songs to load onto an MP3 player that t

Your Mom, ESA Is Very Upset

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