Martian dust storms churn up Earth-like clouds

ESA’s Mars Express has revealed that Mars churns up surprisingly Earth-like cloud patterns that are reminiscent of those in our planet’s tropical regions. Earth and Mars have vastly different atmospheres. The dry, cold atmosphere of Mars is composed almost entirely of carbon dioxide while Earth’s is rich in nitrogen and oxygen. Its atmospheric density is Read More

ESA – ExoMars suspended

As an intergovernmental organisation mandated to develop and implement space programmes in full respect with European values, we deeply deplore the human casualties and tragic consequences of the aggression towards Ukraine. While recognising the impact on scientific exploration of space, ESA is fully aligned with the sanctions imposed on Russia by its Member States. ExoMars Read More

NASA adds United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur Rocket to Launch Services Program Catalog

photo ULA ULA’s next generation rocket to compete for future NASA launches NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has added United Launch Alliance’s next generation rocket, the Vulcan Centaur, to the NASA Launch Services II (NLS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract in accordance with the on-ramp provision of NLS II. “ULA is honored that NASA LSP has Read More

NASA Invites You to Take Flight with the Ingenuity #MarsHelicopter

photo NASA Take Flight with the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter We're inviting you to join us for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet. The helicopter team is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for the historic first flight. A livestream confirming Ingenuity’s first flight is targeted to begin Read More

United Launch Alliance Delta II Rocket Honored at Grand Opening Ceremony

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket took its place today among iconic giants in the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The public exhibit will preserve the lasting legacy of the rocket that fostered the Global Positioning System (GPS) and enabled the exploration of Mars. “While IceSat-2 marked its final mission Read More

ESA Impact – March 2021 Council edition

Welcome to the March Council edition of ESA Impact, an interactive showcase of the best images and videos from the past few months. This edition of ESA Impact brings you icy images from our Earth observation missions, insights into space debris, and other stunning pictures including Mars Express studies for last month's Mars landing. Don’t Read More

NASA’s Perseverance Drives on Mars’ Terrain for First Time

This image was captured while NASA’s Perseverance rover drove on Mars for the first time on March 4, 2021. One of Perseverance’s Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Hazcams) captured this image as the rover completed a short traverse and turn from its landing site in Jezero Crater. NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Read More