Tag Archives: European Space Agency

French astronaut enjoys sax in space

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield had his guitar, and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman had her flute: Now French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has his sax in space. The saxophone was included in the SpaceX Dragon cargo shipment that arrived at the International Space … Continue reading

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Blue lightning caught on video from space

For years, scientists have been piecing together evidence of peculiar phenomena known as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves – exotic types of electrical discharges that emanate from thunderstorms. Just one week after his arrival on the International Space Station, Danish … Continue reading

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Mars orbiter sees lander’s crash in color

High-resolution color images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the spot where the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander crashed – in black and white and red all over. The 8-foot-wide Schiaparelli spacecraft was deployed from ESA’s Trace Gas Orbiter and descended to … Continue reading

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Mars orbiter spots blackened remains of lander

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has caught sight of the blackened spot where a European lander apparently hit the Martian surface, providing the first visual evidence that the Schiaparelli probe did indeed bite the dust. Before-and-after pictures from the orbiter’s low-resolution Context Camera also … Continue reading

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What went wrong with Europe’s Mars lander?

The European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander apparently crashed after its parachute was ejected too early and its thrusters switched off too soon, according to data relayed back from its orbiting mothership. “We have data coming back that allow us to fully understand … Continue reading

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Orbiter reaches Mars, but lander is lost

For the first time in 13 years, the European Space Agency has put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars – and has sent a piggyback lander to an unknown fate on the Red Planet’s surface. Flight controllers at ESA’s operations … Continue reading

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Messages beamed to aliens amid debate over perils

More than 3,000 messages were beamed toward the North Star today by a powerful radio telescope – and although the exercise was largely symbolic, it serves to revive a debate over whether we should be trying to contact aliens. Today’s transmission by … Continue reading

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