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 >>