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Europe Will be Building the Transfer Arm for the Mars Sample Return Mission

Now that the Perseverance rover has dropped off ten regolith and rock sample tubes for a future sample return mission…

6 hours ago

The New Ariane 6 Heavy Lift Rocket is Finally on the Launch Pad, But Won’t Liftoff Until Late 2023

A prototype of ESA’s new heavy lift rocket is now fully assembled and sitting on the launchpad at Europe’s Spaceport…

3 months ago

The First Telescope Images of DART's Impact are Starting to Arrive

The ESA just released a video that shows the DART mission impacting the double-asteroid system of Didymos and Dimorphos.

4 months ago

Robots Might Jump Around to Explore the Moon

LEAP (Legged Exploration of the Aristarchus Plateau) is a mission concept study, funded by ESA, to explore challenging lunar terrains…

4 months ago

Is Europe Building its Own Starship? Not Exactly

Europe plans to have its own reusable spacecraft for cargo and crewed missions to LEO and beyond. It's called SUSIE…

4 months ago

Bouncy Castles on the Moon. Inflated Habitats Might be the Best Way to Get Started on a Lunar Base

According to a new ESA-supported study, a lunar habitat made from prefabricated inflatable modules could lead to a sustained human…

5 months ago

Satellites are Tracking Rivers of Garbage Flowing Across the Oceans

There's an ocean of human-made garbage floating through Earth's seas. From plastic straws to beverage bottles and food wrappers, the…

5 months ago

ESA’s EnVision Mission Doesn’t Have a lot of Fuel, so it’s Going to Aerobrake in the Atmosphere of Venus

Venus has almost been “the forgotten planet,” with only one space mission going there in the past 30 years. But…

6 months ago

Gaia's Massive Third Data Release is out!

The third Gaia Data Release (DR3) has been released, and is already leading to some major breakthroughs in astronomy!

7 months ago

ESA is About to Release its Third Giant Data Release From Gaia

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia Observatory is a mission dedicated to astrometry, a branch of astronomy where the velocity…

8 months ago