Europe is Working On a Reusable Space Transport System: Space Rider

The European Space Agency is developing its own reusable spacecraft. Space Rider will be an un-crewed vehicle with high-tech capabilities that will provide access to space for scientific and commercial enterprises.

Eating your veggies, even in space

Norwegian researchers are developing the self-contained planters that will allow astronauts to grow food in space. They have just completed an experiment that involved growing lettuce for space.

Gaia data reveals previously unseen ‘ghost’ galaxy near Milky Way

Scientists studying data from the ESA Gaia spacecraft have discovered a previously unknown dwarf galaxy lurking just outside the Milky Way, an extremely low-density swarm of stars two thirds the size of Earth’s galaxy.

The Milky Way Devoured Another Galaxy 10 Billion Years Ago

More precisely, the Milky Way collided with the second galaxy, absorbing many of its stars and spiraling out a chaotic tangle of stellar matter — birthing new stars and altering the orbits of others.

Ariane 5 launches two satellites on 7-year voyage to Mercury

The project is only the second, after NASA’s MESSENGER mission, to attempt putting a spacecraft into orbit around the solar system’s innermost planet and is one of the most technically challenging missions.

Matter falling into a black hole at 30 percent of the speed of light

Astronomers report the first detection of matter falling into a black hole at 30% of the speed of light, located in the center of the billion-light year distant galaxy PG211+143.

Martian Dust Storm as it was Just Getting Going

The ESA recently released stunning photos of a Martian storm front, which were acquired by the Mars Express orbiter in April of 2018.

Every Tiny Speck of Light in This Image Is a Galaxy

To help us grok the immensity of the cosmos, the European Space Agency has released a remarkable image of space in which every point is an entire galaxy.

1.7 billion suns in most detailed star catalogue ever

The European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft has produced the most accurate star catalogue ever assembled, including high-precision measurements of the brightness and positions of some 1.7 billion stars.

Hubble's 28th birthday picture: The Lagoon Nebula

A photo released on April 19, 2018 by the European Space Agency shows this colorful image of the Lagoon Nebula to celebrate the 28th anniversary space of the the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Air-Breathing Thruster Aims to Power Satellites Almost Indefinitely

The novel European Space Agency technology would scoop up atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen during near-Earth orbits and turn it into fuel.

ESA launches world's first mission to explore the "atmospheres of hundreds of planets"

The European Space Agency picked the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL) mission to explore the nature of exoplanets.

Europe's First Spacecraft to Jupiter Will Be Taking a Crazy Route

They say the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but for JUICE—a European Space Agency-led, Jupiter-bound probe scheduled to launch in 2022.

Europe's future in space

The crucial ministerial meeting held every two years when the agency’s 22 member states spend 48 hours debating one subject – Europe’s future in space.

ExoMars orbiter safely arrives at Mars, lander's fate uncertain

Live coverage of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and the Schiaparelli lander arriving at Mars.