The first images from ESA’s Solar Orbiter are already exceeding expectations and revealing interesting new phenomena on the Sun.

This animation combines a series of views captured with several remote-sensing instruments on Solar Orbiter between 30 May and 21 June 2020, when the spacecraft was roughly halfway between the Earth and the Sun – closer to the Sun than any …

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NASA launched its Spitzer Space Telescope into orbit around the Sun on Aug. 25, 2003. Since then, the observatory has been lifting the veil on the wonders of the cosmos, from our own solar system to faraway galaxies, using infrared light.

Managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Spitzer enabled scientists to confirm the presence of seven rocky,

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The Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover has completed its construction activities in the UK and will now depart to France for testing under the conditions of the Red Planet’s environment.

The final pieces of the rover’s scientific suite of instruments were attached at the Airbus Defence and Space site in Stevenage over the last weeks. The finishing touches included the ‘eyes’ …

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Day and Night

The International Space Station was again the stage for novel European science and routine operations during the first half of August. Plenty of action in the form of bubbles and sounds added to the mix in the run-up to a spacewalk and the comings and goings of visiting vehicles.

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano installed the Multiscale Boiling experiment, known …

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Winning Exoplanet Rocket Sticker

A colourful design capturing the essence of ESA’s Cheops mission, which will measure the size of planets as they cross in front of their parent stars, has been selected for the rocket carrying the satellite into space.

More than 300 were submitted to the competition that offered graphic designers and artists the unique opportunity to feature their work on the …

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James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope is undergoing final integration and testing that will require more time to ensure a successful mission. Following a new assessment of the remaining tasks on the highly complex space observatory, the launch window is now targeted for about May 2020.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a daring endeavour and we need to

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Unusual Stellar Detonation

The universe is full of mysterious exploding phenomena that go boom in the dark. One particular type of ephemeral event, called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient (FELT), has bewildered astronomers for a decade because of its very brief duration.

Now, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope — designed to go hunting for planets across our galaxy — has also been used to catch …

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The ESASky Software

Meet ESASky, a discovery portal that provides full access to the entire sky. This open-science application allows computer, tablet and mobile users to visualise cosmic objects near and far across the electromagnetic spectrum.

An innovative celestial atlas, the Internet-based application ESASky offers astronomers – professional and amateur alike – an easy way to access high-quality scientific data. It contains over …

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Cassini Spacecraft

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

This is the final chapter of an amazing mission, but it’s also a new beginning,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s …

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Cassini Spacecraft

The international Cassini mission reaches its dramatic finale this Friday (Sept. 15, 2017) by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, concluding 13-years of exploration around the ringed planet.

Here are some upcoming news conferences about the mission…

13 Sept

1PM EST / 5:00 PM GMT / 6:00 PM BST / 19:00 CEST: News conference with a detailed preview of final mission activities …

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