Items tagged with ESA

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s a satellite falling from space! A 2.5-ton European Space Agency (ESA) satellite that launched in 1995 is about to make a grand return to Earth today. During its service life, the ERS-2 satellite collected data on Earth’s land surfaces, oceans, and polar caps and monitored natural... Read more...
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to challenge and confirm what scientists and astronomers thought they knew about the early Universe. By utilizing Webb’s unmatched resolution and sensitivity, researchers have recently been able to seemingly confirm some oddly shaped galaxies in the early Universe, as... Read more...
If you still had "attend E3" on your bucket list, it's time to scratch that one out. The ESA has announced on Xwitter today that the Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3) is well and truly dead. This announcement marks the end of an era as the biggest and longest-lived games expo in America finally carks... Read more...
As you'll know if you've been reading our deals posts recently, this Friday is Black Friday. The infamous day of deals heralds the beginning of the holiday shopping season. If you have kids, then you probably already know what they want as gifts, and there's a pretty good chance it's video games. Actually, that... Read more...
The European Space Agency's Mars Express takes adventurers on a gorgeous ride across Mars's 'labyrinth of night'. The spacecraft has been exploring the atmosphere, surface, and subsurface of the Red Planet since 2004. ESA shared footage captured by the Mars Express spacecraft as it flew over the eastern part of... Read more...
NASA's Parker Solar Probe and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Solar Orbiter performed incredibly hot spacecraft gymnastics to help solve a cosmic mystery about the Sun. The Sun's atmosphere, known as its corona, has a temperature of around one million degrees Celsius, while its surface is only about 6000 degrees... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) captured an alluring image of the winding arms of spiral galaxy M51 that the European Space Agency (ESA) describes as a "'FEAST' for the eyes." The image is a composite that merges data received from JWST's Near-InfraRed Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI). Each... Read more...
ClearSpace-1 is part of the first-ever mission to remove existing space debris from orbit through a highly precise and close proximity operation. The upcoming cleanup mission will target a defunct rocket part that was launched into space in 2013. With companies like SpaceX launching more satellites than ever while... Read more...
NASA has reported that the DART spacecraft left a swarm of boulders in its wake after slamming into asteroid Dimorphos back in September of last year. The space agency describes what the asteroid is currently up to with the song "Shake, Rattle and Roll." Double Asteroid Redirect Test, known as DART, is part of... Read more...
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched its Euclid mission that will explore the mysteries of the dark universe. The space telescope is on its way to map out a large-scale structure of the Universe across space and time by observing billions of galaxies located as far away as 10 billion light-years. Scientists... Read more...
We know Mars exists because we've seen images of the Red Planet, though never in real time—by the time they're shared with the public, it could have been days, weeks, months, or even years after the images were actually taken and processed. That's about the change. The European Space Agency (ESA) is celebrating the... Read more...
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia mission has helped to unveil a new family of black holes, and its newest members are closer to Earth than any other known black hole. Gaia BH1 and Gaia BH2 are respectively located approximately 1560 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus and... Read more...
The European Space Agency (ESA) shared an image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope that has NASA and others stumped on how to give it one tidy label. It seems the luminous object located about 390 million light years from Earth is a bit too complex to be placed in a single box. Scientists like to be able to... Read more...
NASA shared an image of a "jellyfish galaxy" captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy, known as JO201, resides in the constellation Cetus, which is named after a sea monster from ancient Greek mythology. The Hubble Space Telescope, named in honor of astronomer Edwin Hubble, has captured more than 1.5... Read more...
Astronomers using the European Space Agency's CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) were astonished to detect a ring around a dwarf planet. The dwarf planet, Quaoar, is a trans-Neptunian object that lies within our own Solar System. A group of researchers detected the ring around Quaoar using a series of... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to reveal previously undetected celestial objects. This time the observatory finds an asteroid roughly the size of Rome's Colosseum. A team of European astronomers utilizing JWST randomly detected an interloping asteroid located between Mars and Jupiter. The team... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an intruder in one of its images as the space agency attempts to fill in the gaps of the Milky Way. When the project was first proposed, 75% of all the Milky Way nearby neighbors had been imaged by Hubble. The project aims to use the gaps between longer Hubble observations in... Read more...
In order to celebrate the release of it's asteroid toolkit, the European Space Agency (ESA) has issued a challenge to find a mystery asteroid. The Christmas asteroid poses no threat to Earth, but the agency says it does not know much about 2015 RN35, which presents an opportunity for learning more about... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of the debris left behind from the cataclysmic death of a massive star. Dem L 190 is the brightest supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud and resides approximately 160,000 light-years from Earth. DEM L 190 resembles the "puffs of smoke and sparks from a... Read more...
ESA's Solar Orbiter spotted a snake slithering through the Sun's magnetic field recently. The sighting of the snake was a precursor to a much larger eruption. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Solar Orbiter is billed as "the most complex scientific laboratory ever to have been sent to the Sun." The spacecraft is... Read more...
The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image that seems to show a luminous bridge connecting two galaxies. The observation of the galactic triplet Arp 248 comes from a project cataloging peculiar galaxies. Hubble continues to be utilized as it searches the universe for future candidates for the James Webb Space... Read more...
NASA's Webb telescope has captured two galaxies colliding nearly 270 million light-years from Earth. The collision has sparked a frenzy of new star formations, known as a starburst, creating new stars at a rate twenty times faster than that of our own Milky Way. The two galaxies, referred to as IC 1623, are very... Read more...
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