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CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D

24 Mar 2017 at 4:43pm

Around 250 million measurements taken by ESA’s CryoSat over the last six years have been used to create a unique 3D view of Antarctica, offering a snapshot of the undulating surface of this vast ice sheet.


Satellites shed new light on earthquakes

24 Mar 2017 at 2:45am

Satellite radar scans of last year’s earthquake in New Zealand are changing the way we are thinking about earthquake hazards in regions where our planet’s tectonic plates meet.


Surviving the long dark night of the Moon

23 Mar 2017 at 2:36am

Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving.


Before and after: unique changes spotted on Rosetta’s comet

21 Mar 2017 at 9:30am

Growing fractures, collapsing cliffs, rolling boulders and moving material burying some features on the comet’s surface while exhuming others are among the remarkable changes documented during Rosetta’s mission.


Collapsing cliff reveals comet’s interior

21 Mar 2017 at 9:30am

Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet.  


To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond

20 Mar 2017 at 10:20am

After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all-out effort to measure ice on land and sea.


Glitter helps to monitor ocean waves

20 Mar 2017 at 7:52am

The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the motion of the sea surface.


Two more spacewalks for Thomas Pesquet

17 Mar 2017 at 5:14am

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make two more spacewalks under NASA’s plans to maintain the International Space Station during his mission.


Beautiful science with astronaut aurora

16 Mar 2017 at 9:54am

Some of the most wonderful pictures taken by astronauts from space are of aurora dancing over our planet. Now the photos are more than just pretty pictures thanks to an ESA project that makes them scientifically usable.


ESA’s Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board

16 Mar 2017 at 9:00am

Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer – Juice – from the drawing board and into construction.


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