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Herschel Telescope Given its Final Command Herschel Telescope Given its Final Command

Over one month ago, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that the Herschel space observatory had run out of liquid helium coolant. The coolant was necessary to cool the telescope’s instruments to near absolute zero. As planned, the powerful infrared …

Herschel Telescope Runs Out of Coolant, Ends Mission Herschel Telescope Runs Out of Coolant, Ends Mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that the Herschel space observatory has run out of liquid helium coolant. The coolant is necessary to cool the telescope’s instruments to near absolute zero. Herschel’s ground station in Western Australia this afternoon …

Water on Jupiter Linked to Shoemaker-Levy Impact Water on Jupiter Linked to Shoemaker-Levy Impact

It appears that the mystery of how water got into the atmosphere of Jupiter has finally been solved. The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that the water in the Jovian planet’s upper atmosphere has been linked to the 1994 …

NASA Measures Fast-Spinning, Supermassive Black Hole NASA Measures Fast-Spinning, Supermassive Black Hole
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NASA today revealed that it has teamed up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to, for the first time, measure the spin rate of a supermassive black hole. Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the ESA’s XMM-Newton, astronomers …

Russian Meteor Blast Explained by NASA [VIDEO] Russian Meteor Blast Explained by NASA [VIDEO]

On February 15, when the world’s astronomers were busy watching Asteroid 2012 DA14 make a close flyby of Earth, a different space rock entered Earth’s atmosphere and broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The shockwave following the meteor’s destruction shattered windows …

Russia Meteor Blast Being Assessed by the ESA Russia Meteor Blast Being Assessed by the ESA

Last week, as astronomers around the world turned their attention toward the passing asteroid 2012 DA14, a meteorite entered Earth’s atmosphere and broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The blast shattered windows and injured hundreds in the small town. The European …

Meteorite Falls in Russia, Lights Up the Sky [VIDEO] Meteorite Falls in Russia, Lights Up the Sky [VIDEO]
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A meteorite only a few meters long fell to Earth above Chelyabinsk, Russia early this morning. The shockwave caused by the object shattered windows and caused hundreds of injuries. A video of the event has quickly become one of the …

Arctic Sea Ice Volume Declining, Shows Satellite Data Arctic Sea Ice Volume Declining, Shows Satellite Data
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A new European Space Agency (ESA) study has shown that Arctic sea ice has declined significantly since 2003. The study, published recently in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, has confirmed that Arctic ice volume is declining, rather than just sea …

Space Laser Could Detect Counterfeit Foods, Past Life on Mars Space Laser Could Detect Counterfeit Foods, Past Life on Mars

The European Space Agency (ESA) today revealed that a laser developed to measure carbon on Mars could soon be used to detect counterfeit food. The device, called a laser isotope ratio-meter, was developed from bulkier laser techniques that needed samples …

Antarctic Ozone Could be Returning, Shows New Images Antarctic Ozone Could be Returning, Shows New Images
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New satellite imagery has shown that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking. In 2012, the hole was the smallest it has been in the past ten years. The images were taken by the European Space Agency’s …

Space Life Weakens Immune Systems, Shows Study Space Life Weakens Immune Systems, Shows Study

A new study performed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has shown that being in space weakens astronauts’ immune systems. Researchers hope the findings can help prevent disease for those of us still on the planet. European Space Agency (ESA) …

The First Moon Base May Be Constructed With 3D Printers The First Moon Base May Be Constructed With 3D Printers
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A moon base has always been the pipe dream of space agencies around the world, but the prohibitive cost always ensured that such a move would never happen anytime soon. That all may be changing sooner than later as the …

Late Planet-Forming Star Spotted by Herschel Late Planet-Forming Star Spotted by Herschel

NASA and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Telescope has spotted a planet-forming star that wasn’t thought to be possible. The star, named TW Hydrae, is estimated to be 10 million years old – older than the age at …

Comet-Like Ionosphere Seen on Venus Comet-Like Ionosphere Seen on Venus

New observations of Venus have shown that the planet’s ionosphere on its night side resembles a comet’s tail. The observations were made by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express satellite. The ionosphere is the region of electrically charged gas …

NASA Joins Euclid Dark Universe Mission NASA Joins Euclid Dark Universe Mission

NASA announced this week that it has joined the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Euclid mission. The mission will investigate dark matter and dark energy throughout the universe. In 2020, the mission will launch the Euclid space telescope, which will spend …

New Satellite Search and Rescue System Turned On New Satellite Search and Rescue System Turned On

The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that it has switched-on a search and rescue (SAR) package on its Galileo navigation satellites. The milestone is a “major” expansion of the Cospas-Sarsat (Space System for the Search of Vessels in Distress …

Fake Mars Mission Revealed Sleep Pattern Difficulties Fake Mars Mission Revealed Sleep Pattern Difficulties
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A little over one year ago, six fake astronauts returned to the real world after spending 520 days in isolation. They were part of the Mars500 experiment, created to simulate a manned mission to the planet Mars. During their stay …

Doomsday Asteroid Deflection Mission Tests Concepts Doomsday Asteroid Deflection Mission Tests Concepts

The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that it is appealing for research ideas that could help develop a future mission to deflect life-threatening asteroids. It is asking for both ground and space-based ideas to improve scientist’s understanding of high-speed …

“Doomsday” Asteroid Won’t Hit Earth in 2036 “Doomsday” Asteroid Won’t Hit Earth in 2036
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Earlier this week, astronomers with the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that they were collecting data on the asteroid Apophis as it made its most recent approach to Earth. The data was, among other things, meant to narrow the prediction …

Vega Asteroid Belt Suggests Multiple Planets Vega Asteroid Belt Suggests Multiple Planets

Astronomers this week announced that they have discovered what could be an asteroid belt around the star Vega. NASA‘s Spitzer space telescope and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory were used to observe the star, which is the …

Asteroid Apophis Approaches Earth, 2036 Impact Probability Still Uncertain Asteroid Apophis Approaches Earth, 2036 Impact Probability Still Uncertain
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Over the past weekend, astronomers used the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory to image an asteroid that will be giving the Earth a near-miss in 2029. The asteroid, named Apophis, was thought to have a 2.7% chance of …