NASA Enters the Solar Atmosphere for the First Time Solar probe achieves major milestone     For the first time in history, a spacecraft has touched the Sun. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the Sun’s upper atmosphere – the corona – and sampled particles and magnetic fields there.   This new milestone marks one major step for Parker Solar Probe Read More

ESA: Investing recovery and resilience funds in space projects

Green and digital transition in Europe will benefit from ESA expertise that supports national plans for investing recovery and resilience funds in space projects. At the 303rd ESA Council meeting in Paris on 15 December 2021, ESA Member States took the decision to further the role of ESA as provider of expertise in support of Read More

Offer an LAR membership to those you cherish most

Single Membership 65 € Per person per year Give them something precious before it becomes priceless. Offer a yearly membership There is no journey without risk. But there is LAR. With a membership from Luxembourg Air Rescue you not only actively support the air rescue services in Luxembourg and the Greater Region – you also Read More

Kitesurfing the white wilderness for polar science

In an astonishing feat of endurance, explorers Justin Packshaw and Jamie Facer Childs are a quarter of the way through a 3600-km kitesurf trek that takes them across the desolate heart of Antarctica. They are not pushing their physical and mental limits to the brink, facing howling gales and temperatures of –55°C just for the Read More

Experiments Riding 24th SpaceX Cargo Mission to Space Station Study Bioprinting, Crystallization, Laundry

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer is shown during preflight training for the BioPrint First Aid investigation, which tests a bioprinted tissue patch for enhanced wound healing. Credits: ESA This image shows a plate with seedlings after 10 days of growth for the MVP Plant-01 investigation. Credits: Grant Vellinger Techshot/Redwire ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Read More

NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Next Cargo Launch

SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft, seen atop a Falcon 9 rocket, at the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 24, 2021, in preparation for the company’s 23rd commercial resupply services mission. Credits: SpaceX NASA commercial cargo launch provider SpaceX is targeting 5:06 a.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 21, to launch its 24th Read More

France and Spain successfully controlled a military drone in the same airspace as commercial aircraft

• Since January 2017, the French civil and military authorities have been carrying out an experimentation campaign to explore the operational framework and regulatory changes necessary for further integration of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS into civil air traffic. • The next step of this campaign aimed to carry out a cross-border flight and Read More

Artificial intelligence for eye health in space

In brief Young researchers from ESA’s Spaceship EAC initiative are keeping a good eye on ocular health by using images of astronauts’ optical discs in space to train an artificially intelligent (AI) model. All going well, this model will be used to automatically detect changes in the optic nerve of astronauts, known as Space-Associated Neuro-ocular Read More

New student teams selected to fly experiments on REXUS and BEXUS

The REXUS/BEXUS programme allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons. In each programme cycle, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying experiments designed and built by student teams. After submitting an experiment proposal, 14 student teams were invited Read More

ENAIRE recovered 81.2% of flights in November compared to 2019 levels

The recovery of air traffic in Spain exceeds the European average Domestic flights fared the best, with a recovery of 83.6%ENAIRE managed more than a million flights in the first eleven months of the yearIf the flights are compared to those of November 2020, the number is 155.9% higher Month by month, the trend continues Read More