Europe's small Vega rocket returns to action

After a flight failure in 2019, the Vega rocket executes a flawless deployment of 53 satellites.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space-exploration european-space-agency earth-observation

Robot boat completes three-week Atlantic mission

A UK uncrewed ocean-going vessel provides a glimpse of the future of robotic maritime operations.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: robotics earth-science oceans european-space-agency plymouth

Solar Orbiter: Sun probe's first images reveal small 'camp fires'

Solar Orbiter takes the closest ever pictures of the Sun, just 77 million km from the surface.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: astronomy space-exploration the-sun european-space-agency

Esa and Nasa line up satellites to measure Antarctic sea-ice

Aligning polar satellites will enable the first ever reliable maps of Antarctic sea-ice thickness.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-science antarctic nasa arctic space-exploration oceans european-space-agency earth-observation

Mars: Green glow detected on the Red Planet

A joint European-Russian satellite observes a light in Mars’ atmosphere that's generated by oxygen.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
June 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: planets mars space-exploration european-space-agency

Solar Orbiter: Europe's Sun mission makes first close pass

The UK-built Solar Orbiter will track by our star on Monday at a distance of just over 77 million km.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
June 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  space-exploration  the-sun  european-space-agency  airbus-group  solar-orbiter

Methane observing firm eyes UK for key base

Canadian firm GHGSat, which carries out methane monitoring from space, looks to set up a UK hub.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-science canada space-exploration european-space-agency greenhouse-gas-emissions earth-observation

Scientists explain magnetic pole's wanderings

The North Magnetic Pole has been racing across the top of the world, from Canada towards Siberia.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-science geology canada space-exploration european-space-agency

Hubble telescope celebrates 30 years of stunning science

Three decades on from its launch, the orbiting observatory is still producing cutting-edge research.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astronomy nasa space-exploration european-space-agency hubble-telescope

Europe's Cheops telescope begins study of far-off worlds

Europe's newest space telescope starts its study and characterisation of distant planets.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astronomy planets space-exploration european-space-agency

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