Missions

The BepiColombo Mission To Mercury is Losing Power

BepiColombo is a joint ESA/JAXA mission to Mercury. It was launched in 2018 on a complex trajectory to the Solar…

6 days ago

Here’s Where China’s Sample Return Mission is Headed

Humanity got its first look at the other side of the Moon in 1959 when the USSR's Luna 3 probe…

2 weeks ago

How Knot Theory Can Help Spacecraft Can Change Orbits Without Using Fuel

When a spacecraft arrives at its destination, it settles into an orbit for science operations. But after the primary mission…

3 weeks ago

What a Swarm of Probes Can Teach Us About Proxima Centauri B

You've likely heard of the Breakthrough Starshot (BTS) initiative. BTS aims to send tiny gram-scale, light sail picospacecraft to our…

1 month ago

Want to Leave the Solar System? Here’s a Route to Take

The edge of the Solar System is defined by the heliosphere and its heliopause. The heliopause marks the region where…

2 months ago

The ESA’s Mars Rover Gets a New Map

Rosalind Franklin, the ESA's Mars rover, is scheduled to launch no sooner than 2028. Its destination is Oxia Planum, a…

2 months ago

Someone Just Found SOHO's 5,000th Comet

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) was designed to examine the Sun, but as a side benefit, it has been…

2 months ago

Phew, De-Icing Euclid’s Instruments Worked. It’s Seeing Better Now

From its vantage point at the Sun-Earth L2 point, the ESA's Euclid spacecraft is measuring the redshift of galaxies with…

2 months ago

A Single Grain of Ice Could Hold Evidence of Life on Europa and Enceladus

The Solar System's icy ocean moons are primary targets in our search for life. Missions to Europa and Enceladus will…

2 months ago

Europe Has Big Plans for Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Saturn's moon, Enceladus, is a gleaming beacon that captivates our intellectual curiosity. Its clean, icy surface makes it one of…

2 months ago