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European Space Agency Chief Urges Humanity to Protect Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1 Landing Sites

July 20, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the date when Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface, and the chief of the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to give their landing site, Tranquility Base, special heritage status. Read More >>

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The European Space Agency Has a Plan to Intercept a ‘Pristine’ Comet

With the historic Rosetta mission now firmly in the rear view mirror, the European Space Agency has set its sights on a different kind of comet, that is, a comet that’s never visited the inner reaches of the solar system. Called Comet Interceptor, the mission will include a mothership and two 'daughter' spacecraft. Read More >>

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BepiColombo Spacecraft Snaps Its First Selfie From Space on Its Way to Mercury

The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), which is currently on an ambitious mission to the best planet with a payload of two orbiters, has sent us its first image from space. Read More >>

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We Need Help Naming Our Mars Rover, and Yes, The Space Agency Has Already Thought of That One

The internet is full of important life lessons; things you really shouldn’t do, like lighting yourself on fire for a fleeting moment of internet fame or reaching out to the masses to help you name something. But it seems like the UK Space Agency has apparently not been paying attention to the internet for a few years, and is asking for the public’s help in naming its forthcoming Mars rover. Read More >>

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Space WiFi Plans Could Lead To Catastrophic Crashes, Study Warns

If you've ever fancied dying by being beaned in the head by an errant piece of space junk, you might just be in luck. A study by an aerospace engineering expert shows our plans for space WiFi could cause a whole load of satellite crashes. Read More >>

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A Fleet of European Satellites Is Experiencing a Very Odd Problem

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Galileo satellites have been having a bad time for the past 17 years. Now, the 10 billion euro project has suffered what might be its strangest setback yet: Nine clocks across the 18 Galileo satellites in orbit have suddenly stopped working. For a fleet that was supposed to create an independent European GPS system, the satellites really can’t seem to get their shit together. Read More >>

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The Beagle 2 Mars Lander Came ‘Excruciatingly Close’ to Success

Landing on Mars is hard, but the European Space Agency’s first attempt—the Beagle 2 probe—came maddeningly close to being a complete success. In fact, a new 3D modelling analysis shows that the lander’s failure to communicate with the Earth was likely due to a single jammed solar panel. Read More >>

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What Was the Rosetta Mission?

After two years of science, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission ended yesterday in a gentle crash-landing. But if you haven’t been tracking this spacecraft’s movements as obsessively as we have, you might be wracking your brain this morning trying to remember what the Rosetta mission was. Read More >>

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How the Rosetta Spacecraft Will Crash Onto Comet 67P

In just seven days, the Rosetta spacecraft will smash into Comet 67P. A new visualisation shows how it’ll go down. Read More >>

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The Largest 3D Map of the Galaxy Contains Over a Billion Stars

Some may call excessive, unreasonable, exhibitionist. What kind of masochist wants to stare at a billion pinpricks of light all at once, anyway? Read More >>

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Complex Organic Molecules Discovered on Rosetta’s Comet

With only a few days left before it’s scheduled to crash-land on the surface of Comet 67P, the Rosetta spacecraft is still yielding amazing discoveries. And I’m not just talking about lost comet landers. Read More >>

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This Is Where Europe’s Upcoming Rover Mission Will Explore Mars

In October, the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission will land the Schiaparelli rover on the Red Planet. Here’s where the probe is scheduled to land, and why researchers chose this particular area. Read More >>

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The Date Has Been Set for Rosetta’s Mission-Ending Crash Into the Comet 

Set yourself a reminder for September 30th. 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. Read More >>

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A 3D Tour of the International Space Station For All of Us Wannabe Astronauts

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 space station—and it’s in 3D. Read More >>

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Rosetta Finds Building Blocks For Life On Comet

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. Read More >>