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Cassini finds interstellar dust during its Solstice flyby of Enceladus

Cassini finds interstellar dust during its Solstice flyby of Enceladus As part of the extended Solstice mission, NASA and the ESA sent Cassini diving through the plumes of these cryovolcanoes on a recent flyby of Enceladus.Far from just boring old water, Cassini found complex organic molecules, CO2, and even bits of Enceladus’ seafloor in the vaporous plumes.

LIGO and NASA may have observed a gamma-ray burst from colliding black holes

LIGO and NASA may have observed a gamma-ray burst from colliding black holes Just to produce the gravitational waves LIGO observed, the cataclysm liberated the mass energy of three of our suns — in less than a quarter of a second.Merging black holes take millions of years to collide.

NASA unveils first Mercury topography maps from MESSENGER craft

NASA unveils first Mercury topography maps from MESSENGER craft Originally sent for a one-year science sortie, MESSENGER far outlasted its planned expiry and stayed in orbit around Mercury, protected by its ceramic cloth sunshade.Now, the organization has unveiled stunning new topographic maps of Mercury’s surface — the first of their kind.

The ESA’s MELiSSA zero-g farm could make life sustainable in space

The ESA’s MELiSSA zero-g farm could make life sustainable in space For all its scientific faults, The Martian did bring awareness to the very real problems associated with food in space, and on alien worlds.The Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative (MELiSSA) is the ESA’s attempt to do the latter.

OSIRIS-REx is about to go collect (and return) samples from an asteroid

OSIRIS-REx is about to go collect (and return) samples from an asteroid But these days, the big space projects that define the push toward a future in space tend to be iterative.Once successful, pushing away and back toward Earth should be a simple matter by the standards of billion-dollar space projects.

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space The ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft found their lost Philae lander, which ended up crashed on its asteroid, lodged in a crevice sort of like a turtle on its back.Now we can put context to the disoriented, hard-to-interpret images that confused Philae sent us while it was laying in the ditch.

Gaia, ESA’s revolutionary stellar cartographer, set to transform astronomy

Gaia, ESA’s revolutionary stellar cartographer, set to transform astronomy On September 14, the team will release its first galaxy map, comprising more than two million stars and other objects, and with it a full 19 papers by Gaia astronomers.To deliver this information, Gaia is using one of the oldest techniques in astronomy: parallax, or the extent to which an object seems to move as your position changes.

So long, Rosetta, and thanks for all the science

So long, Rosetta, and thanks for all the science This way Rosetta’s radio emissions wouldn’t impede communication with other spacecraft.The science results Rosetta and Philae have returned represent a wealth of data that can confirm or dispel our ideas about the formation of our planet, and even the origins of life in our solar system.

ESA’s ExoMars mission set to land on Mars Wednesday

ESA’s ExoMars mission set to land on Mars Wednesday Wednesday is a big day for the European Space Agency (ESA).There was a brief scare early today as the lander was deployed, but the ESA says all systems are go.

Mission control has lost contact with the ESA’s ExoMars lander

Mission control has lost contact with the ESA’s ExoMars lander As it would seem, the Great Galactic Ghoul is still hungry, and the ESA’s ExoMars Schiaparelli lander might have been its next meal.Just moments before the lander was to touchdown on Martian soil, mission control lost contact with it, and it isn’t looking good for the surface mission.

Trouble around Mars and Jupiter: this week in space

Trouble around Mars and Jupiter: this week in space NASA and ESA are joining forces to try to re-establish communications between Schiaparelli and its sister spacecraft, TGO, or even Mars Express or the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, all of which are active in orbit around Mars.A little further out, Eta Carinae is a colossal binary star system that’s really tearing up its environment.

New images from NASA show the final resting place of Europe's ExoMars lander

New images from NASA show the final resting place of Europe's ExoMars lander Earlier this month, the European Space Agency lost contact with the lander stage of its ExoMars mission.The lander, Schiaparelli, separated from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, and began its descent on October 19.

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX The JWST is the successor to Hubble, and now that it’s done with construction, it’s supposed to launch in 2018.Another advisory committee at NASA has a bone to pick with SpaceX’s launch procedures, too.

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test The ESA and NASA are pushing for a 2020 mission to test technologies that could help us deflect an object before it smacks into Earth.The joint European-US Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) is still in the planning stages, but it could launch in 2020.

This week in space: lots of things about planets we don't live on

This week in space: lots of things about planets we don't live on There are three kinds of space weather: photons, plasma and protons.“These protons may be the biggest challenge of getting humans to Mars and back healthy,” Rodney Viereck, a physicist with NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, told NPR’s Morning Edition.

ESA satellite watches San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space

ESA satellite watches San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space If anything, Millennium Tower appears to be sinking even faster.Some in San Francisco say you can see the minor tilt from a sufficient distance away, but that might be confirmation bias.

The ESA has figured out what killed the Schiaparelli Mars lander

The ESA has figured out what killed the Schiaparelli Mars lander Official word has come from the ESA regarding the why and wherefore of Schiaparelli’s crash landing on the Martian surface.Mission scientists were able to recover data from the lander before its untimely demise, and that data has revealed much more about the sequence of events during Schiaparelli’s last moments.

This week in space: The future of NASA, the ESA diagnosed its Mars probe failure, and setbacks while resupplying the ISS

This week in space: The future of NASA, the ESA diagnosed its Mars probe failure, and setbacks while resupplying the ISS A Russian Progress spacecraft was lost six minutes into its resupply flight to the ISS on Thursday.But the ISS crew is all fine, they’re not out of supplies, and there’s another resupply flight scheduled for next week.