Gaia is the European Space Agency’s latest mission to map the distance to stars in our galaxy. The below ESA animation / video explains how the Gaia mission will map the distance to a billion (!) nearby stars. Video description text: ‘ESA’s Gaia mission will produce an unprecedented 3D map of our Galaxy […]
The European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft (which is currently orbiting Mars) has captured a series of images showing the Martian moon Phobos passing underneath Jupiter. At the moment when Phobos appeared directly under Jupiter, there was a distance of 11,389 km between the spacecraft and Phobos. Jupiter was 529 million kilometers further […]
ESA’s ATV Johannes Kepler robotic spacecraft is due to dock with the International Space Station on Friday 25 February at 1:45 am AEST. The webcast website can be found here. Further information about the ATV-2 can be found here.
European Space Agency Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station, snapped this picture of the Automated Transfer Vehicle 2 launching from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. The images shows the rising exhaust trail of Ariane, still in its initial vertical trajectory. The […]
The images can be viewed here on the ESA website.
The Queensland floods remain large enough to be viewed from space. The below images have just been released bu the European Space Agency. (Text in italics from ESA Media Release website): This Envisat Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) composite image shows the flooded area around Rockhampton in Queensland, Australia. Affecting an area the […]
Send to Kindle(Text from the European Space Agency media release in italics) Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily, erupted briefly yesterday sending flames and ash hundreds of metres into the air. The below image, which was acquired by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA’s EOS-AQUA satellite, shows the plume […]
The European Space Agency has released as its ‘Image of the Week’ an image taken by the Enviasat Earth Observation Satellite showing the scale of the ongoing Queensland floods. The image was taken on 2 January 2011. The image is even more dramatic when you compare it to this image taken 2 November […]
The European Space Agency’s test Proba-2 micro-satellite successfully imaged the 4 January 2011 Partial Solar Eclipse from low Earth orbit. An animation and further information can be found here on the ESA website.
I just stumbled across this picture of the small Martian moon Phobos taken by the ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft. Pictures of Phobos aren’t unusual. What impressed me with the picture was having Mars in the background. A larger version of the picture can be found here on the Astronomy Picture of the Day […]