Vela is a massive star nursery

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has snapped several images of the breathtaking Vela C region - the most massive of the four parts of the Vela complex.



Studying Earth’s anatomy from space

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut André Kuipers is running experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) to help scientists improve their understanding of conditions deep inside the Earth.

Lichen shown to survive in outer space

An experiment carried out on the Internatonal Space Station has shown that lichen can survive in outer space - lending support to the 'panspermia' theory that life arrived here from elsewhere.

ESA says this E3 may be the best one "in a long time"

Here's what the organizer of E3 has to say about next month's event.

Star-filled galactic 'bridge' discovered

ESA's Herschel Space Observatory has discovered a giant, galaxy-filled filament connecting two clusters of galaxies.

ESA to probe Jupiter's icy moons with JUICE

The European Space Agency (ESA) is shifting its focus to study Jupiter's icy moons and plans on launching a mission from Kourou, French Guiana, in 2022. 



ESA mission to get closer to sun than ever before

The European Space Agency is to launch a mission  to the sun that will get closer than ever before.

Envisat spacecraft loses contact with Earth

The European Space Agency (ESA) has lost contact with Envisat, its flagship Earth-observing satellite.

Martian pits could provide haven for life

ESA’s Mars Express has discovered a series of 'pit-chains' in the Tharsis region of Mars that could, says ESA, be tempting targets in the search for microbial life.

Inside the dark heart of a cosmic collision

Astronomers have combined infrared and X-ray observations from two space telescopes - Herschel and XMM Newton - to create a unique look at violent events within the giant galaxy Centaurus A.

Jupiter boosts drama of Earth's meteor displays

We've got Jupiter to thank for the spectacular meteor showers associated with Halley's comet, says an Armagh Observatory astronomer.

European space freighter launched successfully

Europe's launched its heaviest-ever cargo to the International Space Station, carrying food, water, air and fuel, as well as experiments and spares.

Asteroid near miss expected next year

A newly discovered asteroid will come so close to Earth next year that it actually passes below many man-made satellites.

'Waterworld' planet discovered

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have identified a new type of planet - a waterworld surrounded by a thick, steamy atmosphere.

Why is Venus slowing down?

Venus's rotation is slowing down - and scientists aren't at all certain as to why.

Europe's Vega rocket lifts off for first flight

Europe's new Vega rocket has successfully lifted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, taking nine satellites into orbit.

More evidence found for ancient Martian ocean

ESA says its Mars Express probe has returned some of the strongest evidence yet that an ocean once covered part of Mars.

ESA spent $1.1M on lobbying fees

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) spent a whopping $1.1 million lobbying Congress, the FCC, the FTC and other government agencies during the third quarter of 2011.



More signals received from stranded Phobos probe

Communication with the stranded Phobos-Grunt Martian probe is coming and going, following a first successful contact on Tuesday.

ESA makes contact with lost Martian probe

The European Space Agency says that one of its ground stations has managed to re-establish contact with Russia's Phobos-Grunt probe, two weeks after control was lost.