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This Stellar Sperm is Swimming Through Space

This bright blue sperm, in fact a swirling mass of dust and gas, doesn't need an egg to impregnate: it's producing baby stars all by itself. Read More >>

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Even the Packing for a Space Mission Looks Cool

The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle Georges Lemaître will soon deliver over 2,600 kg of dry cargo to the International Space Station—and even packing it looks fun. Read More >>

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Beautiful Fields of Crops as You've Never Seen Them Before

If this image looks oddly familiar, it's because its a series of crop fields seen from the air—just as a wonderful, colourful radar composite image. Read More >>

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Herschel's Largest Survey of Cosmic Dust is Huge and Beautiful

The largest ever census of dust in the local Universe has been carried out by the European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory—and the results are huge and beautiful. Read More >>

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Ecuador's Mountains Look Beautiful From Space

It may look more like modern art, but you're actually looking at a the highlands of Ecuador seen from the European Space Agency's Envisat. Read More >>

The Universe's Most Important Alarm Clock Will Wake-Up Rosetta Tomorrow

Three years is a long time to sleep—even for a machine. That's how long Rosetta has slumbered in its decade-long journey towards the comet where it will land. But at 10:00 GMT tomorrow morning, Rosetta will awaken. Here's how its alarm clock works. Read More >>

Watch How the Rosetta Spacecraft Will Orbit and Land on a Comet

Trying to orbit a comet as it rockets through space is no easy task—but that's just what the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is poised to do. Here's how. Read More >>

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This Isn't Abstract Art, it's the Sun

It might look more like abstract art than anything else, but you're actually looking at a series of observations of the Sun. Read More >>

Science Finds the Universe's Best Chips Would Come From Jupiter

Just because we can't fry food in the vacuum of space doesn't mean that the entire universe has to be devoid of its greasy wonder. In fact, turns out us Earthlings live in an environment damned to produce subpar chips without even realising it. According to a new study, if you're really jonesing for the good stuff, you're going to need to haul your arse all the way down to Jupiter. Read More >>

This Gecko-Inspired Wall-Crawling Robot Will Someday Repair Spaceships

In the future, science fiction told us, we'll be able to save astronauts from the risk of spacewalks with a little robot that can scoot around the ship's hull, clinging to the surface with some futuristic sticky feet. Well, that robot has now arrived and its name is Abigaille. Read More >>

This Spacecraft Fairytale Will Make Anyone Excited About Outer Space

Rosetta is travelling to unknown lands. Her voyage has gone on nearly a decade. With her lander Philae, she's mankind's most intrepid explorer, headed for a mysterious destination called Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It's not a fictitious fairytale. It's science. Read More >>

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The Crab Nebula is a Swirling Cloud of Electric Purple Light

The Crab Nebula never fails to disappoint—and that's particularly true in this image, a view by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope of the swirling cloud of dust and gas. Read More >>

How Europe is Going to Land on a Comet

In November 2014, after travelling 10 years and hundreds of millions of miles, a European spacecraft will touch down on a two-and-a-half-mile-wide ball of ice and dust as it hurtles through space towards the sun. And if all goes according to plan, this unprecedented feat could finally give us what we need to understand the origins of life on Earth. It's just the "according to plan" that's the tricky part. Read More >>

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This is What Deforestation Looks Like From Space

The city of Boca do Acre is a beautiful place to live, almost completely covered by the Amazon Rainforest—for now. Because you shouldn't be fooled by the pretty colours in this image: it actually reveals the rapid rate of deforestation in the area. Read More >>

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This Is What a 2,000-Pound Satellite Falling to Earth Looks Like

At the start of this week, the European Space Agency's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite (GOCE) fell to Earth. This is what it looked like as it happened. Read More >>

Super Bugs Inadvertently Created by Spacecraft Sterilisation Protocols

The European Space Agency has been collecting examples of "spacecraft associated biology" in a small collection housed at the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ in Brunswick, Germany. 298 strains of "extremotolerant" bacteria, isolated from spacecraft assembly rooms because they managed to survive the incredible methods used to clean spacecraft, are now being studied for their biological insight. How on earth can they still be alive? Read More >>


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