'Martian astronauts' return from simulated mission

After a year and a half locked up in a box, six 'astronauts' have finally finished their simulated trip to Mars.

Lutetia asteroid is failed planet

New observations of the Lutetia asteroid have revealed that it's a planet that never properly formed.

Stars create complex organic molecules

Complex organic molecules like those on which life is based exist throughout the universe and can be made naturally by stars, European Space Agency data has revealed.

European satellite launch heralds more accurate GPS

The European Space Agency has launched the first two Galileo satellites which will give Europe its own satellite navigation system for the first time.

Martian atmosphere is full of water

The Martian atmosphere contains water vapor in a supersaturated state, say surprised ESA scientists.

Ozone layer found over Venus

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has found an ozone layer high in the atmosphere of Venus, in a discovery which could help with the search for life on other planets.

Comets created Earth's oceans

Earth's oceans could once have been giant icebergs floating through space, an ESA team has concluded, after examining the isotopic composition of a comet.

Close-up mission to sun gets green light

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved a mission to get nearer to the sun than ever before.

ESA wants California to pay its legal fees

The Entertainment Software Association is now going after the state of California for reimbursements in legal fees.

The average gamer is now 37-years-old

The Entertainment Software Association has just released its annual report.

'Dirty hack' brings Cluster mission project back to life

ESA has recovered a crucial science package on its Cluster mission, using a series of commands invented for the occasion.

ESA spent $1.1 million in lobbying in Q1

The industry trade group representing the video game trade spent more than $1 million in lobbying in the first quarter of this year.

Skylon spaceplane gets ESA approval

After nearly thirty years on the drawing board, a revolutionary British spaceplane has received approval for the next stage of development.

Lumps and bumps reveal Earth's varying gravity field

The European Space Agency has released a model of the Earth showing how gravity varies across its surface.

ESA spots matter escaping from black hole

ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has spotted apparently-doomed hot matter just a millisecond before plunging into a black hole - but says it appears that some of the matter may be escaping.

Do video games cause mental health problems?

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has issued an official warning over what it terms a "flawed study" that alleges a link between video game play and mental health problems in children.

Planck mission releases first data

The European Space Agency has released the fist results from its Planck mission, focusing on the coldest objects in the universe.

Venus data warns against geoengineering, says ESA

ESA scientists reckon they've explained a mysterious high-altitude layer of sulphur dioxide discovered by Venus Express - and it provides a stark warning for geoengineers suggesting seeding Earth's atmosphere with sulphur droplets to combat climate change.

ESA extends 11 missions until 2014

The European Space Agency has decided to give a new lease of life to 11 of its operating space science missions. All are coming to the end of their funding - but still delivering important scientific results.

Astronomers look 10,000 years into the future

Astronomers have long used powerful telescopes to peer into the past. But now, NASA and ESA are using the Hubble Space Telescope to look thousands of years into the future.