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The ESA’s SpaceBok Robot Will Hop Its Way Around Low-Gravity Worlds

The ESA is helping a group of students from Zurich test and develop their hopping exploration robot. Called SpaceBok, the…

1 week ago

Meet the Comet Interceptor. It’ll Wait Patiently In Space for a Comet, Then Pounce On It

The ESA has announced a new mission to explore a comet. The Comet Interceptor mission will have a spacecraft wait…

2 weeks ago

The Most Efficient Way to Explore the Entire Milky Way, Star by Star

At this year's Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (GTOC), a team from the ESA presented a model for how humanity could…

3 weeks ago

Satellites Equipped With a Tether Would be Able to De-Orbit Themselves at the end of Their Life

A new technology that allows satellites to de-orbit themselves at the end of their lives could help mitigate the problem…

1 month ago

Don’t Worry About Asteroid 2006QV89. There’s Only a 1 in 7000 Chance It’ll Hit the Earth in September

Whenever scientists announce an upcoming close encounter with an asteroid, certain corners of the internet light up like the synaptic…

1 month ago

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

The ESA is developing its own spacecraft capable of re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. The reusable spacecraft is called the Space…

1 month ago

How Will NASA and ESA Handle Mars Samples When They Get Them Back to Earth?

We've learned a lot about Mars in recent years. Multiple orbiters and hugely-successful rover missions have delivered a cascade of…

1 month ago

Mars Express Saw the Same Methane Spike that Curiosity Detected from the Surface of Mars

If you're not a chemist, an astrobiologist, or a scientist of any sort, and that includes most of us, then…

3 months ago

Signs that Ancient Rivers Flowed Across the Surface of Mars, Billions of Years Ago

Billions of years ago, Mars was likely a much warmer and wetter place than the cold, dry, barren world we…

5 months ago

Did You Know the Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Beyond the Orbit of the Moon?

Strictly speaking, there aren't strict boundaries between Earth and space. Our atmosphere doesn't just end at a certain altitude; it…

5 months ago