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Galileo goes live
ESA Director General Jan Woerner joins representatives of the EC and GSA in Brussels to start Galileo Initial Services on 15 December 2016
Galileo begins serving the globe
Europe’s own Galileo satellite navigation system has begun operating, with the satellites in space delivering positioning, navigation and timing information to users around the globe.
More giant Earth-like exoplanets will be found next year
Prepare for more exotic super-Earths as the hunt for exoplanets ramps up in 2017, says Stephen Baxter. They've already been imagined by science fiction
Large asteroid impacts may be rare, but we should be prepared
It would be wise to heed calls to build a dedicated rocket primed to defend Earth against a large incoming asteroid or comet, says Geraint Lewis
Color Variations on Mount Sharp, Mars
The foreground of this scene from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows purple-hued rocks near the rover's late-2016 location on lower Mount Sharp. The scene's middle distance includes higher layers that are future destinations for the mission.
Concurrent Engineering Workshops – Call for Applications
Following the success of the first Concurrent Engineering Workshop held in September 2016, the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Programme is again offering university students the opportunity to learn how ESA assesses technical and financial feasibility of space missions. Europe’s leadership in space depends upon its ability to continue developing world-class satellites. To do that, we need to train a new generation of space engineers and scientists.
Testing completed on Orion service module
On Monday ESA handed over ownership of the Orion European Service Module test article to NASA at the agency’s Plum Brook facility – marking the end of individual testing for the structure. The module sits directly below Orion’s crew capsule and provides propulsion, power, thermal control, and water and air for four astronauts. The solar array spans 19 m and provides enough electricity to power two households.
First Detection of Boron on the Surface of Mars
Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater in the ancient past....
HTV-6 Cargo Craft Approaches Space Station
Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA shared this photograph of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6) as it approached the International Space Station. Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet successfully captured the spacecraft using the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm.
First exoplanet weather report shows clouds of ruby and sapphire
Observations of a planet called HAT-P-7b over four years reveal windy conditions that push hot clouds of vapourised minerals swirling around the far-off world