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The right role models: Why the admission of a disabled person to the European Space Agency is a win

November 25, 2022 10:49 am

It is an expansion that must be lauded — of opportunity, representation, and what it means to be in peak physical and mental condition. It’s about time more people like John McFall stood on the pedestal that space explorers have come to ascend to.

Europe names world's first disabled astronaut

November 24, 2022 2:45 pm

The 22-nation agency said it had selected former British Paralympic sprinter John McFall as part of a new generation of 17 recruits picked for astronaut training

Mars Express looks at mysterious Martian moon after software update

October 31, 2022 3:22 pm

The European Space Agency's Mars Express was launched more than 19 years ago. The MARSIS instrument aboard the spacecraft was designed to study Mars but a recent software update meant that it was able to take observations of Phobos, the larger of Mars's two moons.

ESA spacecraft takes fiery images of Sun before close fly-by

October 16, 2022 4:45 pm

ESA's Solar Orbiter took a sequence of images of the Sun before its close fly-by today.

Space station's Italian commander, with lookalike Barbie, tells girls about science in orbit

October 04, 2022 1:30 pm

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti recently took time to describe some of the experiments conducted aboard the ISS, as well as answer questions from five girls 8 to 11 years old from across Europe.

Europe unveils hi-tech satellite to speed up extreme weather warnings

September 08, 2022 1:27 pm

The result of 12 years of development for the European Space Agency and 30-nation EUMETSAT, the MTG-I1 satellite will be launched by the end of this year on an Ariane 5 rocket and put sharper eyes in space over Europe and Africa.

Europe eyes Musk's SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

August 14, 2022 6:18 pm

The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk's SpaceX after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia's Soyuz rockets.

ESA’s Mars Express captures image of ‘Martian Grand Canyon’ bigger than the real thing

July 26, 2022 12:46 pm

The Valles Marineris is almost ten times longer, twenty times wider and five times deeper than the Grand Canyon here on Earth. It is 4000 kilometres long, 200 kilometres wide and up to 7 kilometres deep.

ESA research rules out 2052 asteroid impact on Earth

July 03, 2022 9:49 pm

The asteroid 2021 QM1 was discovered in August 2021 and was added to the top of the European Space Agency's risk list. But a series of cosmic events meant that scientists had a very small window to figure out whether the asteroid would strike Earth in 2052.

Stunning close-up of Mercury captured by European-Japanese BepiColombo

June 24, 2022 4:11 pm

BepiColombo is the European Space Agency's mission to Mercury, in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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