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Europe and China may conduct joint missions

European astronauts could be hitching a lift in to space aboard Chinese rockets within a decade. The European Space Agency typically conducts joint op…

Europe to send lander to the Moon

The European Space Agency’s Lunar Lander mission will aim to land a robot on the surface in 2018. The unmanned lander will be the first European space…

Planck images show strange galactic haze

Planck mission photographs are helping to shed light on the star formations that make up our galaxy. The European Space Agency mission ‘Planck’ is sen…

Europe ends calls to stranded Mars probe

The odds of a recovery for Russia’s Phobos-Grunt Mars probe are looking increasingly bleak. The European Space Agency has called an end to attempts to…

ESA planning ambitious mission to the Sun

The European Space Agency will send a spacecraft to within 42 million km of our star. Known as Solar Orbiter, the probe will cost almost 1 billion Eur…

ESA and Russia for manned Mars mission

The European Space Agency have announced that they are planning a manned trip to Mars with Russia. The collaborative effort will help avoid a lot of t…

Gravitional Field Map of Earth

Earth may be round, but not its gravitational field! After two years in orbit, the European Space Agency’s Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite has revealed the clearest picture of earth’s gravity-field map: The geoid is the surface of an ideal global ocean in the absence of tides and currents, shaped only by gravity. [...]

The Quick 6: Six Unit Conversion Disasters

Think you had a bad day at work? At least you didn’t lose equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars (at least, I’m assuming you didn’t). Forgetting to convert units can result in big-time disasters like these six examples. 1. Can you imagine losing $125 million thanks to a little metric system error? That’s exactly [...]

Searching for life on Europa

Last year NASA and the European Space Agency announced plans for a joint effort to seek out life on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Scientists believe Europa c…

Europe’s Mars missions get final go-ahead

The European Space Agency has been given the final go-ahead to undertake new missions to explore Mars including an orbiter to be launched in 2016 …