ESA's Gaia mission blasted off this morning on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its exciting mission to study a billion suns.
ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space.
After nearly tripling its planned lifetime, the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer - GOCE - is nearing its end of mission and will soon reenter our atmosphere.
Seen here is the European Space Agency's (ESA) 5th Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) during integration at Astrium in Bremen, Germany.
An advanced laser system offering vastly faster data speeds is now ready for linking with spacecraft beyond our planet following a series of crucial ground tests. Later this year, ESA's observatory in Spain will use the laser to communicate with a NASA Moon orbiter.
Gaia’s main goal is to create a highly accurate 3D map of our Milky Way Galaxy by repeatedly observing a billion stars to determine their precise positions in space and their motions through it.
ESA’s Proba-V has become the first satellite to pick up aircraft tracking signals, allowing aircraft across the globe to be followed in flight from space.
At 20 190 kg, ATV Albert Einstein is the heaviest spacecraft ever launched by Ariane, beating predecessor ATV Edoardo Amaldi by some 150 kg. ESA’s resupply and reboost vehicle is the largest, most advanced and most capable of the vehicles servicing the orbital outpost.
The satellite code-named 'Biomass', designed to map and monitor one of "Earth's most precious resources", was selected to become the seventh Earth Explorer mission by the European Space Agency.
Jupiter’s icy moons will be explored in more detail by Europe’s next large science mission, JUICE, which will carry a total of 11 scientific instruments to study both the gas giant planet and its large ocean-bearing moons, as finalized and announced by ESA today.
The star Alpha Centauri A in the closest neighboring star system, already regarded a twin of our own sun, was found to have the same strange cool layer in it's atmosphere as well by ESA’s Herschel space observatory. It is the first time this has been seen in a star beyond our own Sun, but that is ...
A variety of scientific results were achieved thanks to now 5 years of experiments aboard the European Columbus laboratory module attached to the International Space Station. By now, 110 ESA-led experiments involving some 500 scientists have been conducted since 2008, spanning fluid physics, materia...