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The EU’s next seven year Research and Innovation Programme starts on 1 January 2014.
Across Europe, more student teams than ever before are drawing up their plans for launching CanSats. These tiny ‘satellites’ fit into a drinks can yet perform a scientific ‘mission’ when launched from a small rocket.
2 Dec 2013
This scene shows a section of Ismeniae Fossae that straddles the southern highlands–northern lowlands of Mars. The distinct channels indicate that in the past, this was an icy, watery environment.
26 Nov 2013
On 19 December 2013, Europe’s billion-star surveyor is due to be launched into space where it will embark on its mission to create a highly accurate 3D map of our galaxy.
22 Nov 2013
Europe’s three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher this afternoon (22 November 2013). For four years, it will monitor Earth’s magnetic field, from the depth of our planet’s core to the heights of its upper atmosphere.
22 Nov 2013
The UK Space Agency will be sending out a digital holiday card this December and that card could be carrying your design. Last year, primary schools from around the UK provided a range of impressive designs, but this year it’s open to everyone!
19 Nov 2013
Preparations for Friday’s launch of Europe’s magnetic explorer have reached an important milestone – the constellation is now in the Plesetsk launch tower.
18 Nov 2013
Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall over the central Philippines earlier this month. With millions affected by the storm, satellites are helping direct the relief effort.
15 Nov 2013
The UK space sector has set out a plan to deliver new jobs and growth for the sector, with a goal of growing the UK share of the global space market to capture 8% by 2020.
14 Nov 2013
Close to 01:00 CET on Monday 11 November, Europe’s GOCE satellite re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. As expected, the satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported.
11 Nov 2013
When is a comet not a comet? Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed a unique and baffling object in the asteroid belt. With a set of six comet-like tails, this space body looks more like a badminton shuttlecock.
5 Nov 2013
On Monday 9 December 2013, the UK Space Agency and ESA will be holding a workshop in Harwell focussed on industrial opportunities in the future Human Spaceflight and Lunar Programmes.
1 Nov 2013
Whilst the blockbuster film Gravity is wowing audiences with the tale of two astronauts bombarded by debris and set adrift in space, agencies across the world will be tracking the re-entry of a European satellite that won’t be adding to the 22,000 catalogued pieces of space junk currently orbiting our planet.
28 Oct 2013
The UK Met Office has released satellite imagery tracking the storm on the night of Sunday 27 October. The video shows clouds mounting and blowing across the British Isles.
25 Oct 2013
A team from Manchester has won in the 11 to 13 years category of the Volare Space Robotics challenge.
24 Oct 2013
London and Paris at night.
24 Oct 2013
Europe's Planck satellite has been turned off after nearly 4.5 years of soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the formation of stars and galaxies throughout fourteen billion years of cosmic history.
21 Oct 2013
After mapping variations in Earth’s gravity with unprecedented detail for four years, the GOCE satellite has run out of fuel and the end of mission has been declared.
21 Oct 2013
Registration for the Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut 2014 programme is now open! Budding young astronauts aged 8 to 12 from across the UK are invited to take part in this international challenge and undertake activities focusing on fitness and nutrition.
18 Oct 2013
From the tiniest fraction of a second after the Big Bang to the evolution of stars and galaxies over 13.8 billion years, Europe’s Planck space telescope has provided new insight into the history of our Universe. Although science observations are now complete, the legacy of the Planck mission lives on.
16 Oct 2013
Europe’s comet-chasing mission Rosetta will wake up in 100 days’ time from deep-space hibernation to reach the destination it has been cruising towards for a decade.
16 Oct 2013
There are only two more weeks left to apply for the UK Space Agency’s community sponsorship award scheme, Space for All 2013, with a deadline of 28 October. Last year’s projects have been very successful and are concluding over the next few months.
14 Oct 2013
1500 light years away from Earth lies the nearest star-forming region. Because of their proximity, the spectacular Orion Nebula and the miniature Orion Nebula, shown in this image, provide a unique laboratory for studies by astronomers at many wavelengths.
9 Oct 2013
The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced a new funding opportunity for research utilising bed rest facilities. Bed rest is a unique tool in human health and biological research, with particular interest for researchers in human spaceflight. This is because observing subjects in a bed rest situation - wherein volunteers are confined to bed, sometimes with a downward head tilt, for long periods -- mimics many of the effects on human physiology of being in space.
8 Oct 2013
A prototype Mars rover is about to be put through its paces in the desolate Atacama Desert.