Space travel is a bit safer than expected
Analysis of data from the MATROSHKA experiment, the first comprehensive measurements of long-term exposure of astronauts to cosmic radiation, has now been completed. This experiment, carried out on board ...
Errant navigation satellite reaches new orbit
The European Space Agency says a navigation satellite that ended up in the wrong orbit has completed a corrective maneuver.
Europe to build new-generation Ariane 6 rocket (Update)
European nations announced Tuesday they would build a new-generation rocket in a multi-billion-euro (dollar) programme to maintain their grip on the world market for satellite launches.
Mislaunched navigation satellite may get second life: ESA
A navigation satellite sent astray by a mislaunch in August, has sent a signal from its faulty orbit, and may yet prove useful, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Tuesday.
Europe's new rocket set for political launch
Members of the European Space Agency (ESA) were hammering out details Tuesday of an eight-billion-euro ($10-billion), 10-year rocket programme with a new Ariane 6 launcher at its heart.
After wrangle, Europe set to approve Ariane 6 launcher
After a two-year debate sparked by the emergence of low-cost competition, European space nations on Tuesday are likely to back plans to build a new rocket, the Ariane 6, say sources.
Venus Express spacecraft, low on fuel, does delicate dance above doom below
It's been an interesting year for Venus Express. A few months ago, controllers deliberately dipped the spacecraft into the atmosphere of the planet—for science purposes, of course. The daring maneuver was ...
JUICE mission gets green light for next stage of development
The European Space Agency's JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) mission has been given the green light to proceed to the next stage of development. This approval is a milestone for the mission, which aims ...
Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off
Bad weather will delay the launch of a Japanese space probe on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet captivated the world.
First harvest of research based on the final GOCE gravity model
Just four months after the final data package from the GOCE satellite mission was delivered, researchers are laying out a rich harvest of scientific results, with the promise of more to come. A mission of ...
Mercury spacecraft moves to testing ahead of 2016 launch to sun's closest planet
After facing down a couple of delays due to technical difficulties, Europe's and Japan's first Mercury orbiter is entering some of the final stages ahead of its 2016 launch. Part of the BepiColombo orbiter ...
Russia postpones Proton-M launch over defect
Russia's space agency said Wednesday it was postponing the launch of a Proton-M rocket carrying a satellite in order to correct a defect, in just the latest problem to ground the rocket.
Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation
The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation.
"Ferrari of space' yields best map of ocean currents
A satellite dubbed the "Ferrari of space" has yielded the most accurate model of ocean circulation yet, boosting understanding of the seas and a key impact of global warming, scientists said Tuesday.