European Space Agency: News

17 Apr 2024

Black Hole

ESA's Gaia uncovers largest stellar black hole in Milky Way

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia mission has made a significant discovery - the largest stellar black hole in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

14 Apr 2024


This mini robot can hop in zero-gravity to investigate asteroids

SpaceHopper, a revolutionary three-legged robot, is set to change the way we explore low-gravity environments like those found on asteroids and moons.

30 Dec 2023

Space News

Exciting space missions to look out for in 2024

This year saw several remarkable space missions.

These countries have pursued solar missions like India's Aditya-L1

The India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) took a significant step in solar exploration with the launch of the Aditya-L1 mission on September 2.

24 Nov 2023

Space News

Key facts about ESA's Ariane 6 rocket

The European Space Agency's latest heavy-lift rocket, Ariane 6, is getting ready for its first launch in 2024.

11 Nov 2023


ESA eyes Airbus-Voyager Space's commercial space station for orbital needs

The European Space Agency (ESA) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Airbus and Voyager Space to explore collaboration through their commercial space station, Starlab, currently under development as a successor to the International Space Station (ISS).

17 Oct 2023


Hubble telescope photographs spiral galaxy in stunning details

NASA and ESA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing image of a spiral galaxy, called IC 5332, roughly 30 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor.

31 Jul 2023

Space News

How ESA's PLATO mission will hunt for habitable planets

The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch a new mission in 2026 that will hunt for exoplanets like no other.

21 Jul 2023

Space News

ESA plans first-of-its-kind operation to deorbit defunct satellite

A team at the European Space Agency (ESA) is getting ready to perform a "first-of-its-kind" operation to bring back a defunct satellite.

01 Jul 2023


ESA's Euclid mission launches to explore dark mysteries of cosmos

The Euclid mission, built by the European Space Agency (ESA) along with inputs from NASA, has successfully launched.

29 Jun 2023


How NASA's Roman and ESA's Euclid will investigate dark energy

European Space Agency (ESA) is on track to launch the Euclid mission on July 1 to explore mysteries of the cosmos, specifically dark energy and dark matter.

24 Jun 2023

Space News

Everything about ESA's Euclid mission to launch on July 1

We are a week away from the launch of European Space Agency's (ESA) Euclid mission, which is scheduled to take off on July 1 to explore the dark side of the cosmos.

20 Jun 2023

Space Science

5 facts about European Space Agency's upcoming Euclid mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is set to launch the Euclid mission on July 1, as per the current schedule.

16 Jun 2023


Europe's inflatable radio telescope could unlock mysteries of early universe

European scientists want to send an inflatable radio telescope to the Moon. The proposal comes after a recent feasibility study conducted by the European Space Agency (ESA).

22 May 2023


NASA's Hubble telescope finds jellyfish galaxy 900 million light-years away

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a stunning image of a jellyfish galaxy. The new image offers several details of the spiral galaxy, including its trailing tendrils.

17 Apr 2023


Where is JUICE now and what's next for the mission

European Space Agency (ESA) recently launched the JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) mission, which is set to probe Jupiter and its moons—Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede.

14 Apr 2023


ESA launches JUICE mission to probe Jupiter's moons: Key facts

European Space Agency has successfully launched the JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) mission, which will probe Jupiter and three of its moons—Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede.

13 Apr 2023


ESA postpones launch of JUICE mission because of bad weather

European Space Agency (ESA) has postponed the JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) mission due to unfavorable weather conditions. The decision to call off came less than 10 minutes before the scheduled lift-off.

11 Apr 2023


NASA's Hubble telescope spots 'jellyfish galaxy' 600 million light-years away

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an intriguing 'jellyfish galaxy.'

07 Mar 2023


What is NASA's upcoming CRS mission to the ISS

NASA will send the 27th SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this month. The launch will occur from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

02 Mar 2023


Our Moon could soon have its own time zone

Space organizations across the world suggest Moon should have its own time zone and it will be necessary given that there are dozens of lunar missions planned in the coming decade.

15 Feb 2023

Perseverance Rover

Significance of the sample depot constructed by NASA's Perseverance Rover 

The Perseverance Rover (nicknamed 'Percy') recently completed building a sample depot on Mars. This is the first time that a sample repository of this kind has been constructed in another world and this also marks a big milestone for the mission.

13 Feb 2023

Space News

Amateur astronomer discovers faint galaxy that computers missed

Giuseppe Donatiello, an amateur astronomer, spotted a faint galaxy that a computer algorithm failed to distinguish. This discovery was later confirmed using the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA's James Webb captures magnificent spiral galaxy with details never-seen-before

A new image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) reveals a bright, spiral galaxy called NGC 7469, which has been aptly captioned 'cosmic wreath.' The image unveils new details that have never been seen before.

14 Dec 2022


A 'Christmas asteroid' will pass by on December 15

An asteroid, smaller than the Statue of Liberty, is headed toward Earth and the ESA has announced a challenge to spot this "Christmas asteroid."

28 Nov 2022


Hubble telescope snaps a "colossal ring" formed by interacting galaxies

A new image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unusual pair of merging galaxies called Arp-Madore 417-391, which lies 670 million light-years away.

24 Nov 2022

Space News

British Paralympian John McFall selected as ESA's first differently-abled astronaut

John McFall, a British Paralympian, has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for a special training program and could become the first differently-abled person to go into space.

23 Nov 2022

Perseverance Rover

How NASA plans to bring back samples from Mars?

NASA and ESA are hard at work to bring back rock and soil samples from Mars by 2030. This is the first time that samples will be brought back from another planet.

08 Nov 2022

Space News

Astronomers discover oldest dead star 90 light-years away from Earth

Astronomers have identified the oldest dead star, a white dwarf, in our Milky Way galaxy.

07 Nov 2022

Black Hole

Scientists discover closest black hole to Earth. Thankfully, it's dormant

The space is full of wonders and every day we find something new. Now, astronomers have discovered a black hole in our Milky Way galaxy via the International Gemini Observatory in Hawaii.

01 Nov 2022

Space News

This is what the Earth's magnetic field sounds like!

If you thought the concept of Earth's magnetic field existed only in theory, then you are in for a big surprise.

19 Oct 2022


NASA greenlights spacewalks outside ISS again; next one in mid-November

NASA has resumed spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) after a hiatus of seven months. The next one will occur in mid-November.

17 Sep 2022

Space News

Hubble captures stunning image of overlapping galaxies: Is it real?

Galaxies colliding in space is nothing out of the ordinary. The Hubble Space Telescope has captured many interacting galaxies over the years.

21 Aug 2022

Space News

Study reveals how and when the Sun will die

All things come to an end and so will the Sun. As per data from the European Space Agency's Gaia space telescope published in June, the star is going through middle age and is around 4.57 billion years old.

31 Jul 2022


Chinese rocket debris bedazzles sky before falling into Indian Ocean

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it Superman? No, it's a Chinese rocket lighting up the night sky!

24 Jul 2022


Mars Express captures spectacular images of solar system's biggest canyon

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express has some pictures for us that'd make the Grand Canyon look like unremarkable.

22 Jul 2022

Space News

Samantha Cristoforetti becomes first European woman to walk in space

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti created history when she became the first female European to conduct a space walk.

20 Jul 2022


China devising planetary defense mission in 2026; targeting near-Earth Asteroid

China is set to enter the planetary defense game by targeting the potentially hazardous asteroid 2020 PN1 in 2026.

30 Jun 2022


Riskiest asteroid known to humans won't hit Earth in 2052

The European Space Agency (ESA) has some great news for us on this year's asteroid day - the 2021 QM1 asteroid has been removed from the agency's risk list.

20 Jun 2022

Space News

How this European spacecraft is mapping the Milky Way galaxy

European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia space telescope is instrumental to scientific research as it creates a 3D map of the Milky Way.

14 Jun 2022


Massive solar flare causes radio blackouts on Earth: Details here

On Monday morning, we witnessed the sun flexing its mighty magnetic muscles, which resulted in an M-class flare that lasted for about three hours.

16 Mar 2022

Space News

Astronomers discovered asteroid just two hours before it hit earth

The fifth asteroid ever discovered before colliding with Earth crashed near Iceland on March 11.

03 Oct 2021

Space News

Europe-Japan space mission captures rare image of Mercury

Two linked spacecraft built by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), together known as BepiColombo, snapped their first close-up pictures of Mercury.

20 Sep 2021


Indian-origin space scientist's foundation gives wings to passionate Indian students

Twenty-five-year-old Indian-origin space scientist Priya Patel has had an illustrious career working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) for interplanetary missions.

20 May 2021


World's largest iceberg breaks off from the Antarctica

An enormous slab of ice, almost four times the size of New York City, has broken off the coast of Antarctica, becoming the largest iceberg currently afloat in the world.

25 Mar 2021

Space News

ESA developing an autonomous robot for lunar cave exploration

The European Space Agency (ESA) is developing a spherical robot to explore lunar caves. The autonomous robot will be lowered into caves on the Moon's surface that could protect settlers from radiation, temperature extremities, and micrometeorites.

27 Jan 2021


SpaceX Starlink satellites featuring laser intercommunication enhance polar region coverage

SpaceX launched 10 laser link-enabled Starlink satellites into polar orbit using its Transporter-1 dedicated rideshare mission on January 24.

25 Jan 2020

Space News

NASA, ESA astronauts baked 'space cookies' for the first time

For the first time in the history of human spaceflight, astronauts have baked something in space - a batch of cookies.

20 Jan 2020


European Space Agency plans to extract oxygen from Moon's surface

NASA plans to take humans back to the Moon.

18 Jun 2019


Venus was Solar System's 'first habitable planet'. Here's what happened

Planet Venus often gets branded as Earth's evil twin; how despite sharing similar sizes, density, and chemical makeup, Venus is a Hadean reflection of Earth.

29 Mar 2019

Space News

NASA's job offering: Rs. 6 lakh/month for staying in bed

NASA has got a new job opening, one that pays very well and only requires you to stay in bed.

12 Dec 2018


Body parts could be 3D printed to heal injured astronauts

Humankind is spending more and more time in space, and these long-drawn space missions are only slated to get longer, with mega missions coming up.

28 Aug 2018


Kerala floods: NASA's before-and-after images reveal scale of devastation

After releasing satellite measurements explaining the role of the Western Ghats in the Kerala floods, NASA has now released imagery that, in vivid detail, shows the devastation suffered by Kerala during the floods.

31 Jul 2018


Today, you can see Mars with naked eyes: Details here

July has already been a great month for stargazers, and it's set to end with a bang.

24 May 2018


May-25 is Towel Day: Here's the reason to celebrate it

The world would celebrate "Towel Day" tomorrow as a tribute to author Douglas Adams by his fans.

02 Apr 2018

Pacific Ocean

Chinese space-lab falls back to Earth, breaks-up over Pacific Ocean

China's now-defunct space station Tiangong-1 has re-entered the Earth's atmosphere above the South Pacific, according to reports.

01 Apr 2018

Space News

China's Tiangong-1 space station to fall back to Earth tomorrow

Two years after it went out of service, China's space agency, the Tiangong-1, is set to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.

28 Mar 2018

South America

China's Tiangong-1 space station to hit Earth by April 2

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), China's first space station Tiangong-1 will crash to Earth within a couple of days.

07 Mar 2018

Space News

China's Tiangong-1 space station to crash to Earth within weeks

China's first space station Tiangong-1 will crash to Earth in a couple of weeks.

03 Dec 2017


New European satellite detects alarming pollution levels in North India

Satellite images captured by the European Space Agency (ESA) have revealed alarming levels of pollution in northern India on November 10, when Delhi was struggling with a crisis.

15 Sep 2017

Space News

NASA's $3.9-bn spacecraft crashes into Saturn, ends 20-year mission

NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn's atmosphere today, at a speed of over 120,000 km/hr, ending a $3.9-billion mission.

22 Jul 2017


Google can now take you to outer-space! Find out how

Ever wondered what Earth looks like from space? Or wanted to take a tour of a spaceship?

14 Jun 2017


Three atomic clocks of Indian GPS satellites stopped working

Three atomic clocks onboard one of the seven satellites of India's version of American navigation system GPS -Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)- have failed.

27 Apr 2017


China and Europe will collaborate to build a "moon village"

European Space Agency is collaborating with its Chinese counterpart to build a "moon village".

20 Apr 2017

Space News

Satellites at risk: Scientists warn of aggravating space debris problem

Scientists speaking at the seventh European Conference on Space, warned the international community on the increasing danger posed to space exploration by space debris from over 60 years of exploration.

18 Feb 2017


The building blocks of life found on dwarf planet Ceres

In the latest development in the search for extraterrestrial life, researchers have detected organic materials on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Fate of European space lander to Mars unknown

A European Space lander destined for Mars has reached the red planet according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

01 Sep 2016


Year-long Mars simulation study comes to an end

A team of 6 scientists, part of the Mars simulation study, completed the experiment, where they lived in near isolation for a year.