Now this is some engineering. You’re looking at a model—though sadly, not a working one—of the propulsion systems that will power the Orion European Service Module (ESM). Orion is NASA’s next deep space exploration vehicle, and it will launch atop a new Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1 in 2018.
This is the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2018 rover. Well, actually that's only half the story: it is in fact a 1:2 scale model that’s been tested over the past few weeks in the ESA’s Mars Yard, but you get the picture (literally). Read more >>
In 1996, the European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 rocket exploded spectacularly above its French Guiana spaceport during a test flight. In remembrance of the event, artist Sascha Mikloweit has brought some of the scrap back to life, creating these stunning depictions of debris. Read more >>
This is Nalla. She’s a female peregrine falcon — a bird capable of 200 mph hunting dives, before ripping prey apart with her razor-sharp talons. So why the hell does she live at the European Space Agency’s Cebreros deep space antenna in Spain? Read More >>
The banks of the mighty Mississippi river are usually lush and green but in this image, captured by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A, radar imaging shows vegetation in bright red. That's a lot of vegetation. Read more >>
It may look like a contorted Van Gogh painting that’s been run through Google’s dreaming neural networks, but you’re actually looking at an image of one of the Magellanic Clouds—which is among the nearest companions of our Milky Way galaxy. Read More >>