EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

  • Comet probe sends back science treasure in final hours November 15, 2014

    Paris: Europe's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said on Saturday. Crowning a historic feat, the robot lab streamed data from its experiments back to its mother ship Rosetta in...
  • Scientist apologises for wearing shirt having a collage of pinup girls in various states of undress November 15, 2014

    Berlin: British physicist Matt Taylor brimmed with excitement as the European Space Agency's Philae lander successfully separated from the Rosetta spacecraft, showing off a colorful tattoo on his thigh of both, while proclaiming "we're making history." But it was his garish bowling shirt that drew more attention than the unconventional Rosetta...
  • Rosetta comet mission shuts down after Philae runs out of power November 15, 2014

    London: The European Space Agency's (ESA) ambitious Rosetta comet mission is in trouble again with its Philae lander running out of power on the surface of the comet, media reported on Saturday. This happened when a last-ditch attempt to nudge the lander to a more sunlit place on the comet apparently...
  • European probe Philae lands on comet, but fails to anchor down November 13, 2014

    Berlin: The European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a 10-year-odyssey, but an anchoring system problem may hamper planned investigations into the origins of Earth and the solar system. The 100-kg (220-pound) lander - virtually weightless on the...
  • Scientists at European Space Agency ecstatic after Philae makes successful landing on comet November 13, 2014

    With the successful landing of Philae on a moving comet, scientists at the European Space Agency were giddy with happiness. Instead of calmly describing the process to TV channels, they broke out in laughter and celebrations. ...
  • Europe makes space history after Philae lands on comet November 13, 2014

    A first in space exploration, European Space Agency successfully landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, but failed to anchor it. Scientists hope that samples drilled out from the comet,will unravel details about how the planets - and possibly even life - evolved. ...
  • First in space exploration, European Philae lands on comet but fails to anchor November 13, 2014

    Space missions in the past have landed on planets, moons and asteroids but they have never landed on a comet till yesterday that is. In a historic first, the European Space Agency, with additional support from NASA, successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet last night - the first man-made...
  • European spacecraft Philae lander creates history, touches down on a speeding comet November 13, 2014

    Darmstadt: Landing with a bounce after travelling 4 billion miles, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully reaching the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet - a cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the universe. The landing by the washing machine-sized craft after a decade-long journey required...
  • Europe makes space history as Philae probe lands on comet November 12, 2014

    Berlin/Frankfurt: The European Space Agency (ESA) landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a decade-long mission to get samples from what are the remnants of the birth of Earth's solar system. The box-shaped 100-kg (220-pound) lander, named Philae, touched down on...
  • European spacecraft Rosetta begins descending to comet 67P November 12, 2014

    Darmstadt, Germany: The European Space Agency's unmanned Rosetta probe successfully released a lander toward the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, putting it on its final seven-hour journey to a historic rendezvous with the fast-moving lump of dust and ice. The audacious landing attempt is the climax of a decade-long mission...
  • European Space Agency's Philae lander takes a comet selfie with Comet 67P in space! October 15, 2014

    Washington: The European Space Agencybs Philae lander has snapped a 'selfie' of one of the Rosetta spacecraft's 16-metre solar arrays, with a comet hovering in the background some 16 km away. This is the last image from the Philae lander before it separates from Rosetta Nov 12 to land on the...
  • Photos: Astronaut spending five months in International Space Station shoots amazing timelapse video of what he sees in space September 12, 2014

    A timelapse video was made from images taken by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst orbiting Earth on the International Space Station. Stills from the video provide a glimpse of show what astronauts see in space. The ESA's description on its YouTube channel said: The video is offered in...
  • Comet chasing probe wakes up, signals earth January 22, 2014

    Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a cometchasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet. The European Space Agency received the allclear message from its Rosetta spacecraft at...
  • Falling satellite disintegrates in Earth's atmosphere, causes no damage November 11, 2013

    Berlin: The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites that had run out of fuel caused no known damage after reentering the Earth's atmosphere. ESA said the satellite reentered the atmosphere at about 0000 GMT Monday on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean,...
  • Satellite dubbed 'Ferrari of space' is falling towards Earth, but where and when? November 7, 2013

    New Delhi: The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gravity field and steadystate Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite has completed its mission and is reentering the Earth's atmosphere. The only catch is that scientists are not sure where the oneton spacecraft's fragments will collide with the Earth's surface and exactly when. ESA...
  • Indian 'military' satellite put into earth's orbit September 3, 2013

    Bangalore: India's first 'military' satellite was Wednesday put into the geosynchronous orbit, about 36,000 km above the earth, five days after it was launched Aug 30 on board an European rocket from Kourou in French Guiana off the Pacific coast. "The advanced multi-band communication satellite GSAT-7 has been placed in the geosynchronous...
  • Herschel space telescope closes its eyes on Universe April 30, 2013

    London: Europe's Herschel space observatory the largest infrared telescope ever launched has stopped working after exhausting its supply of liquid helium coolant, ending more than three years of pioneering observations of the cool Universe. Instruments on The European Space Agency's (ESA) billioneuro flagship observatory have warmed to levels that...
  • Remnants of 1500 km long river discovered on Mars January 18, 2013

    London: New astonishing pictures by the European Space Agency have revealed a 1500 km long and 7 kilometre wide river that once ran across Mars. The agency's Mars Express imaged the striking upper part of the remnants of Reull Vallis river on Mars with its highresolution stereo camera, ESA said...
  • International Space Station to host most accurate atomic clock July 28, 2010

    New York: The International Space Station is to soon host the most accurate clock ever sent into space, which could help reveal changes in nature's fundamental constants. According to the 'New Scientist', the atomic clock will allow for better synchronisation of clocks on Earth and probe exotic physics too. In fact,...
  • Human face mystery on Mars solved September 22, 2006

    Paris: The European Space Agency's (ESA's) Mars Express has obtained detailed images of the Cydonia region, site of the famous 'Face on Mars', and concluded that it is a naturally formed hill on the surface of the Red Planet. The 'Face on Mars' first intrigued scientists when NASA found evidence of...
  • European spacecraft crashes into moon September 3, 2006

    Darmstadt (Germany): Europe's first spacecraft to the moon ended its threeyear mission on Sunday with a planned crash on the lunar surface, hitting its target at two kilometers per second, or 7,200 kilometers per hour. Observers on earth captured the impact, in a volcanic plain called the Lake of Excellence, and...