NASA Missions Detect Stunning Meteoroid Impact on Mars

photo Nasa On Dec. 24, 2021, our InSight Mars lander recorded a significant marsquake on the Red Planet. Only later did scientists discover the cause of the shaking: a meteoroid strike estimated to be one of the biggest seen on Mars since NASA began exploring the cosmos.     What’s more, the meteoroid’s impact kicked up Read More

United Launch Alliance Atlas V to Launch Advanced Environmental Monitoring Satellite

  What:           A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 weather satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA and the Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) for NASA. Where:         Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Read More

ENAIRE tests urban air mobility with air taxis, drones and conventional aviation

The ATLAS Centre in Villacarrillo, Jaén, will be home to the tests of the European Uspace4UAM project, with ENAIRE taking part as the air navigation service providerUspace4UAM studies the future of urban air mobility integrated with manned air trafficENAIRE air traffic controllers will activate a virtual geo-fence to protect a landing helicopter from an intruding Read More

SOLARIS Industry Day – update

To support the preparation of the SOLARIS initiative on Space-Based Solar Power, to be proposed at ESA's Ministerial Council next month, the Agency organised the first SOLARIS Industry Day. The event took place at the ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands and online on 18 October 2022. The Industry Day consisted of: Presentations from ESA outlining the Read More

ESA – Earth from Space: Svalbard

Extremely high temperatures recorded this summer caused record melting across Svalbard – one of the fastest warming places on the planet. The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured this rare, cloud-free acquisition of the Norwegian archipelago in August 2022. Located north of mainland Europe, Svalbard is around midway between the northern coast of Norway and the North Read More

ESA – A close encounter with a mysterious moon

In brief In 1877, the American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered two small moons circling the planet Mars, later named Phobos and Deimos after the Greek for ‘fear’ and ‘panic’. But it was excitement, rather than fear and panic, that characterised the close encounter with Phobos made by ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft in the run up Read More

The Incredible Adventures of the Hera mission – Tales of Terrific Technology

Meet Hera, our very own asteroid detective. Together with two CubeSats – Milani the rock decoder and Juventas the radar visionary – Hera is off on an adventure to explore Didymos, a double asteroid system that is typical of the thousands that pose an impact risk to planet Earth. Suitable for kids and adults Read More