European Space Agency

mars rovers

A Rover Named After DNA Pioneer Rosalind Franklin is Headed for Mars in 2020

“This name reminds us that it is in the human genes to explore.”
Becky Ferreira
2.7.19
motherboard

This Startup Is Making Food Mostly Out of Air and Electricity

Solar Foods says its protein powder is “completely” disconnected from agriculture. But its currently low production yield of 1 kg per day raises red flags.
Audrey Carleton
1.24.19
motherboard

Tons of Stars Are Actually Solid 'Crystal Spheres' Hanging In Space

Turning into crystal spheres is the ultimate fate of billions of stars in our galaxy, including our own Sun.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.9.19
motherboard

An Astronaut Accidentally Dialed 911 From the International Space Station

Astronauts, they’re just like us!
Sarah Emerson
1.4.19
Mars

The Martian North Pole Is a 'Winter Wonderland' Right Now, New Photo Shows

Korolev crater contains a permanent ice field that stretches over a mile deep.
Becky Ferreira
12.20.18
maps

Shocking Maps Show How Humans Have Reshaped Earth Since 1992

Generated from satellite data, the maps track losses and gains of land used for agriculture, forests, urbanization, and more.
Becky Ferreira
11.30.18
motherboard

Data From a Dead Satellite Reveals Lost Continents Under Antarctica

“These gravity images are revolutionizing our ability to study the least understood continent on Earth—Antarctica.”
Becky Ferreira
11.7.18
lunar life

Corporations Are Ready to Build Moon Villages, Our Laws Are Not

Moon community concepts are being developed by federal space agencies and private spaceflight companies. What legal, economic, and social frameworks should apply to these communities?
Frank White
9.17.18
motherboard

Scientists Find Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars

A reservoir of liquid water may be hiding under the ice cap on the south pole of Mars.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.25.18
goodbyes

Stephen Hawking’s Voice Was Beamed to a Black Hole During His Funeral

Hawking’s message to preserve the planet was radioed into space during his Friday memorial at London’s Westminster Abbey.
Becky Ferreira
6.15.18
gaia

Watch These Stunning Models of the Largest Star Map Ever Created

The European Gaia telescope releases data on 1.7 billion stars.
Becky Ferreira
4.26.18
tech

Nobody Knows How This Part of Mars Exploded

New images of Ismenia Patera deepen the mystery of its origins.
Becky Ferreira
4.13.18
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