Hubble Space Telescope image of Arp 195, a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Dalcanton A dramatic triplet of galaxies takes center stage in this latest Picture of the Week from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captures a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies. […]

The Tarso Toussidé volcanic massif is featured in this false-color composite image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO Tarso Toussidé, capped by the Toussidé (potentially active) stratovolcano, is located in the western end of the Tibesti […]

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, E. Noyola This image shows the globular cluster NGC 6380, which lies around 35,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Scorpio (The Scorpion). The very bright star at the top of the image is HD 159073, which is only around 4000 light-years from Earth, making it […]

Artist’s impression of the Nu2 Lupi planetary system. Credit: © ESA Photobombs — when something or someone unexpectedly enters a camera’s field of sight during the taking of a photograph — happen every day. Sometimes it is a friend, other times a stranger or perhaps a bird. Rarely, however, is […]

Smart Spacewalker: The European Robotic Arm specifications. Credit: ESA   ENLARGE The European Robotic Arm (ERA) will be launched to the International Space Station together with the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, called ‘Nauka’. ERA is the first robot able to ‘walk’ around the Russian segment of the Space Station. It has […]

The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Poseidon-4 dual-frequency (C- and Ku-band) radar altimeter uses an innovative interleaved mode that has improved performance compared to previous satellite altimeter designs. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab Following liftoff last November and more than six months spent carefully calibrating the most advanced mission dedicated to measuring sea-level rise, Copernicus […]

Hubble Space Telescope image of the interacting galaxy pair IC 1623, which lies around 275 million light-years away in the constellation Cetus (The Whale). Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Chandar A cataclysmic cosmic collision takes center stage in this Hubble Picture of the Week. The image features the interacting galaxy […]

The world’s first wooden satellite is on the way, in the shape of the Finnish WISA Woodsat. ESA materials experts are contributing a suite of experimental sensors to the mission as well as helping with pre-flight testing. Credit: Arctic Astronautics The world’s first wooden satellite is on the way, in […]

Saturn’s moon Enceladus, with its geysers of water (artist’s illustration), could be the target for a future European flagship mission. EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY/SCIENCE OFFICE The biggest space missions gestate for the longest time. Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) revealed the three broad science themes it wants to pursue for […]