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The Eighth Wonder: Happy 24th Birthday, Hubble (Part 1)

Since its inaugural deployment from the shuttle in April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has peered deeper into the cosmos than ever before in human history. Photo Credit: NASA

“If there were ever two missions that were completely opposite in terms of the public attention that was given to them,” astronaut Loren Shriver once [...]

Cassini Image May Reveal Historic Birth of Icy Saturn Moon

From NASA/JPL: “The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn’s A ring in this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.” Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The Cassini spacecraft, a flagship-class mission that is a cooperative project between NASA, the European Space [...]

The Future That Wasn't: The Hermes Spaceplane

Hermes, Europe’s spaceplane, is depicted coasting in orbit in an artist’s rendering. Image Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)

The prose in the 1986 Aerospatiale advertisement was breathless: “10 years old, and still 20 years ahead,” it started. The ad continued, “At Aerospatiale, addressing the exciting aerospace challenges of tomorrow means capitalizing on the daring [...]

ESA's Rosetta Lander Awake After Long Slumber, Ready for Science

From the European Space Agency: “Artist’s impression of Philae descending to the surface of comet 67P/CG.” Image Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that a crucial part of its long-slumbering Rosetta spacecraft—its Philae lander—was successfully reactivated Friday, March 28. This comes over two months after the spacecraft as a whole was [...]

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets

The images above show — before and after filtering — comet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute)

NASA released Thursday an image of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within [...]

ESA's Pesquet Assigned to 2016 Long-Duration ISS Mission

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (second from right) discusses his 2016 assignment to a long-duration ISS mission. He is flanked by the ESA’s Director General Jean Jacques Dordain, the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and the President of the French space agency, CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall (from right to left). Photo [...]

European Space Agency Selects PLATO Observatory for Proposed 2024 Launch

From the European Space Agency (ESA): “The PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will identify and study thousands of exoplanetary systems, with an emphasis on discovering and characterising Earth-sized planets and super-Earths. It will also investigate seismic activity in stars, enabling a precise characterisation of the host sun of each planet discovered, [...]

CONTACT! Europe's Rosetta Spacecraft Ends 31-Month Slumber Ahead of Cometary Encounter

Rosetta and its Philae landing craft will arrive at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. Yesterday’s successful restoration of communications with the spacecraft is the first critical step on our exciting journey to orbit and land on a comet for the first time in human history. Image Credit: ESA

A handsome prince, in the form of [...]

Day of Truth Nears as ESA Prepares to Reawaken Rosetta Cometary Explorer

Rosetta and its Philae landing craft will arrive at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. On Monday, 20 January, the craft is due to be revived from its 2.5-year deep-space hibernation. Image Credit: ESA

According to the Brothers Grimm, Sleeping Beauty was condemned to sleep for 100 years, but the European Space Agency (ESA) will act [...]

Europe's Gaia Billion-Object Astronomy Mission Primed for Thursday Launch

Artist’s concept of the Gaia mission. Image Credit: ESA

After many delays, the European Space Agency (ESA) is ready to launch its ambitious Gaia mission to observe and catalog around 1 billion astronomical objects—or approximately 1 percent of the entire population of our Milky Way Galaxy—on Thursday, 19 December. Liftoff of the $1.2 billion mission [...]