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Monday, December 9, 2019
The ESA’s SpaceBok Robotic Will Hop Its Method Around Low-Gravity Worlds

The ESA’s SpaceBok Robotic Will Hop Its Method Around Low-Gravity Worlds

The ESA is helping a group of students from Zurich test and develop their hopping exploration robot. Called SpaceBok, the robot is designed to operate on low-gravity bodies like the Moon or asteroids. It’s based on the concept of ‘dynamic walking’, something that animals on Earth use. Rovers like Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity have done…
Fulfill the Comet Interceptor. It’ll Wait Patiently In Area for a Comet, Then Catch It

Fulfill the Comet Interceptor. It’ll Wait Patiently In Area for a...

The ESA has announced a new mission to explore a comet. The Comet Interceptor mission will have a spacecraft wait in space until a pristine comet approaches the inner Solar System. Then it will make a bee line for it, and do some ground-breaking science. The Comet Interceptor is unique among space missions. Its exact…
One Of The Most Effective Method to Check Out the Entire Galaxy, Star by Star

One Of The Most Effective Method to Check Out the Entire...

It seems like the stuff of dreams, the idea that humanity will one day venture beyond the Solar System and become an interstellar species. Who knows? Given enough time and the right technology (and assuming there’s not some serious competition), we might even be able to colonize the entire Milky Way galaxy someday. And while…
Satellites Geared Up With a Tether Would have the ability to De-Orbit Themselves at the end of Their Life

Satellites Geared Up With a Tether Would have the ability to...

There’s no denying it, we are facing an orbital debris problem! As of January 2019, the ESA’s Space Debris Office estimates that there are at least 34,000 pieces of large debris in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) – a combination of dead satellites, spent rocket stages, and other assorted bits of space junk. And with thousands…
Europe is Dealing With a Reusable Area Transportation System: Area Rider

Europe is Dealing With a Reusable Area Transportation System: Area Rider

The ESA is developing its own spacecraft capable of re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. The reusable spacecraft is called the Space RIDER (Reusable Integrated Demonstrator for Europe Return), and the ESA says that the Space Rider will be ready for launch by 2022. It’s being designed to launch on the Vega-C rocket from Europe’s spaceport in…
Do Not Fret About Asteroid 2006 QV89 There’s Just a 1 in 7000 Possibility It’ll Strike the Earth in September

Do Not Fret About Asteroid 2006 QV89 There’s Just a 1...

Whenever scientists announce an upcoming close encounter with an asteroid, certain corners of the internet light up like the synaptic rush that accompanies a meth binge, with panicky headlines shouted straight from the brain stem. But never mind that. We’re not that corner of the internet. We’re sober, yo! The fact of the matter is,…
How Will NASA and ESA Deal With Mars Samples When They Get Them Back to Earth?

How Will NASA and ESA Deal With Mars Samples When They...

We’ve learned a lot about Mars in recent years. Multiple orbiters and hugely-successful rover missions have delivered a cascade of discoveries about our neighbouring planet. But to take the next step in unlocking Mars’ secrets, we need to get Martian samples back to Earth. Both the ESA and NASA plan to get samples from Mars…
16 Years of Hubble Images Come Together in this one Image Containing 265,000 Galaxies

16 Years of Hubble Images Come Together in this one Image...

Even after almost three decades of faithful service, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to operate and provide breathtaking images of the cosmos. As one of NASA’s Great Observatories, its observations of distant galaxies, exoplanets, and the expansion of the Universe have had a revolutionary impact on astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. Hubble’s latest contribution comes in…
The World’s Area Agencies are Reacting To a Theoretical Asteroid Effect. You Can See everything Unfold Online.

The World’s Area Agencies are Reacting To a Theoretical Asteroid Effect....

Remember when Orson Welles’ 1938 radio show called “The War of the Worlds” fooled people into thinking that Earth was actually being invaded? That was fun. Now, the ESA (European Space Agency) is tempting fate by live-tweeting the hypothetical approach of the hypothetical asteroid 2019PDC and hypothetically planning a hypothetical response to this hypothetically destructive…
Quickly Spinning Great Void is Spitting Out Blobs of Plasma

Quickly Spinning Great Void is Spitting Out Blobs of Plasma

Black holes, those beguiling singularities that sit on the precipice of the known and the unknown, keep surprising us with their behaviour. As organizations like the Event Horizon Telescope have made clear, there’s a lot we don’t know about the holes, and worse than that, we don’t even know how much we don’t know. Now…

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