Next destination - space

ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Luca Parmitano left for Baikonur, Kazakhstan today, his last stop before heading to the International Space Station on 28 May.

Planets and debris litter this "retired" star

ESA’s Herschel space observatory has provided the first images of a dust belt – produced by colliding comets or asteroids – orbiting a subgiant star known to host a planetary system.

In search of high-mass stars

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel observatory has captured a new view of a vast star-forming cloud called W3.

Reull Vallis: A river ran through it on Mars

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express has captured a detailed image of the upper part of the Reull Vallis region of Mars.

Comet crystals spotted in nearby planetary system

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has spotted pristine material that matches comets in our own Solar System in a dust belt around the young star Beta Pictoris.

Future spacecraft could be powered by nuclear waste

The British government is reportedly looking for ways to offset the cost of cleaning up nuclear waste by finding commercial uses for what may be the world's largest stockpile of civil plutonium.

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.

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. 

The strange haze of the Milky Way galaxy

New images from the European Space Agency’s Planck mission have revealed previously undiscovered islands of star formation, along with a mysterious haze of microwave emissions in our Milky Way galaxy.

The Eagle Nebula redux

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released new images of the Eagle Nebula, which is located some 6,500 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens.

Contact re-established with Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

The European Space Agency (ESA) has managed to re-establish communications with Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft. 

NASA preps instruments for Solar Orbiter mission

NASA is currently developing a Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) and Heavy Ion Sensor (HIS). Both instruments will be placed on the European Space Agency’s newly selected Solar Orbiter mission.

Russia wants a nuclear-powered spacecraft for Mars mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently working with NASA to develop a major Mars exploration project.

ESA battles against illegal radio broadcasts

The European Space Agency (ESA) has embarked on a crusade to get rid of illicit radio broadcasts that are interfering with its observations.