Most advanced air quality satellite releases first open data to the public

We all deserve to breathe cleaner air — this is where this mission comes in.

NASA and ESA team up to bring Martian soil back home

A great partnership for a great goal.

Watch: real footage of cosmic particle ‘snow’ on comet 67P

Literally out of this world.

Earth’s oceans generate a second, tiny, previously-unknown magnetic field, ESA satellites find

Powered by the Moon’s pull, Earth’s oceans generate a magnetic field all of their own.

Wildfires roar through Southern Cali as NASA and ESA satellites watch, powerless to intervene

Immense devastation has been wrought upon California this year.

More than a million years from now, our solar system will briefly house two stars

It will shine three times brighter than Mars in the night’s sky. It might also cause an unpleasant stir in the Oort cloud…

China and Europe have talks to build a ‘Moon Village’ together

The two are already collaborating on important science projects.

Orbiting probe take snapshot of Mars Landers’ grave — RIP, Schiaparelli

Footage from the crime scene.

ESA transmits ExoMars’ landing commands, eagerly awaits the event

After 8 months in space, ESA’s crafts are approaching the martian surface.

ESA and Russia join forces to put man back on the moon

The last time humans set foot on the moon was 1972. Feeling confident it had clearly showed its superiority over Russia, the US felt no more reason to prove itself and immediately shut down subsequent missions. Once with funding gone – and its budget has been thinning since – NASA had to settle for less ambitious goals, and it’s not like we can blame them. Building on outpost on the moon, versus say the International Space Station, is not only a lot more expensive, but also impractical. Recent findings, however, suggest there’s a lot to gain from having an outpost on the moon, of some sorts at least. That’s because the interest has shifted from prestige, or at least not only, to the potentially bountiful economic activities. Minerals, helium-3 (fuel) or precious metals can all be mined from the moon, trillions worth. But before you can shuttle minerals back from the moon, you at least need a footing of some sort. Understanding this, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos banded together to send a robotic probe to an unexplored region of the moon. The ultimate goal, they say, is to prepare the ground for humans.

Lakes on Titan might have formed like sinkholes on Earth

Researchers from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have been trying to figure out how Titan’s seas formed – more exactly, how the depressions in which the seas are formed.

ESA members meet to approve Ariane rocket in light of SpaceX competition

Tuesday morning, ministers from each of the 20 nations involves in the European Space Agency will meet to decide how they should fund their next missions. The plan is to come to terms with developing a much sought after upgraded version of the Ariane rocket, which services satellite launches – the bread and butter of the ESA. Across the ocean, rivaling

Saturn’s moon Titan may be older than Saturn itself

Titan is in the spolight again! After astronomers spotted a passing geological feature, now a joint team from NASA and ESA found evidence that the moon may have formed before its planet. Generally, moons take shape after planets – but now, researchers have found convincing evidence that the nitrogen in Titan’s atmosphere originated in ancient conditions, in the cold birthplace of the

NASA’s great observatories combine to probe deeper in the Universe

Each of NASA’s Great Observatories – Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra – have been designed to peer through the Universe in a characteristic manner. The telescopes have provided along the years massive amount of astronomical data and have helped scientists make important discoveries. What if you combine each of the telescopes’ strong points to assemble one massive probe capable of seeing

Stunning Horsehead nebula imaged in infrared

Two fantastic space telescopes, Hubble and ESA’s Herschel, have teamed up to image one of the most popular astronomical sights in the sky, the “Horsehead” nebula, in infrared  as well as longer wavelengths to provide unprecedented insights as to what’s going on in this stunning star hatchery. Listed in catalogues under “Barnard 33”, but better known as the Horsehead nebula thanks

Map of the earliest recorded light paints broad picture of the ancient Universe

Using the incredible  Planck cosmology probe astronomers at the European Space Agency have assembled a map of the “oldest light” in the sky – the cosmic microwave background (CMB) that was thrown into space in all directions just a few hundred thousand years after the Big Bang and which is still picked up here on Earth today. What’s exciting about the map

Mars life search will go on, despite of budget cuts

When the administration gives you budget cut lemons, make a different scientific lemonade – that’s pretty much what NASA is trying to do in light of these decisions. Less money, more problems Citing lack of funds, the Obama administration is cutting healthy chunks of the NASA budget, placing a big question mark on many important projects, including the quest to

Russia’s Phobos probe is alive! Contact established with the failed Russian craft

Two weeks ago, panic engulfed the Russian space agency after one of its dearest project, the  $170 million Phobos-Grunt mission, which was set to land on Mars’ moon Phobos, collect samples and then return to moon, got stranded in orbit, completely blocked off from any kind of communication. Valiant efforts were made to restore the craft, but in vain. However, just

Astronauts set to return home after 520 days Mars mock-up mission

Almost one year and a half ago six volunteers embarked on a fictive mission to Mars, designed to simulate the harsh conditions of interplanetary travel and isolation from the rest of the world. Today, November 4th, the team composed of volunteers from Europe, Russia and China is set to end their mission, hypothetically land back on earth and exit the

Stars spew out organic matter into space – life may have its origin in star dust

A new study published by researchers at University of Hong Kong has produced controversial waves among the astronomy community, as it claims, backed by sound evidence, that organic matter can be created naturally by stars and travel through out the universe via interstellar dust. It’s somewhat hard to believe, even picture, how organic matter can be spewed out by stars