Four decades of Vilspa

On 1 September 2017, ESA’s VIL-2 antenna and its supporting facilities was formally retired after 36 years’ service.

Visualisation of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter aerobraking at Mars. With aerobraking, the spacecraft's solar array experiences tiny amounts of drag owing to the wisps of martian atmosphere at very high altitudes, which slows the craft and lowers its orbit. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Crossing Phobos

We did our best to ensure that Phobos would be at the farthest possible point away from TGO when we cross the moon's orbit.

This image was taken by Byron Bay-based astrophotographer Dylan O'Donnell in October during a photo shoot at the New Norcia station, some 120 km north of Perth, Western Australia.

Busting ghosts

Just in time for the spooky season, we are pleased to share this post reporting on some alarming and apparently paranormal activity.

Trace Gas Orbiter entering orbit around Mars on 19 October 2016 Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

ExoMars successful flux reduction manoeuvre

ExoMars has successfully performed a Flux Reduction Manoeuvre (FRM) for the first time. The manoeuvre was triggered by the excessive density of Mars’ atmosphere, which had slowed the spacecraft above the limit the operations team normally allows....

2012TC4 flyby

Asteroid 2012 TC4 flyby

This remarkable footage shows the flyby of asteroid 2012 TC4 during the night of 11/12 October 2017. At the time this was recorded, the estimated 10-20 m-diameter asteroid was approaching Earth. It made its closest approach at...

Fireball from the Chelyabinsk meteor airburst, as recorded by a Russian driver's 'dashcam' during the the morning of 15 February 2013. Credit: ESA

Asteroid 2012 TC4 – ESA experts respond

We've put together a few Q&As provided by Detlef Koschny, responsible for Near-Earth Object (NEO) activities in ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme office.

VMC Image acquired on 25-09-2017 at 07:39:19 at an altitude of %altitude% km above Mars, on Mars Express orbit number 17386. Image #1 out of 1 from this observation. Credit: ESA - European Space Agency, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

VMC went pro and goes great

The VMC camera on Mars Express is delivering some of the best images ever, showing the Martian surface in excellent detail, colour and contrast.