Europe is sending a robot to Mars in 2018 to pick up some rocks and bring them back to us, which is a lot harder than it sounds.
The European Space Agency's sonic rocket launch simulator is loud enough to make your head explode.
ESA scientists are testing projectiles that could punch through the icy moon's crust and get at it's liquidy innards.
Piloted by robots and described as a man-made meteor, this ain't your momma's shuttle.
The European Space Agency has started to plan a real live test run to see if it can successfully deflect the orbit of a near-Earth asteroid.
NASA may be focusing on missions that are faster and cheaper while rolling over in favor of private industry, but the European Space Agency is kicking space science up a notch with a brand new plan for a $1.3 billion mission that'll explore the moons of Jupiter starting in 2030. It's called JUICE, for "Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer." Obviously.
In space, no one can hear you scream. This is a problem, since if you're screaming in space, there's a good chance you desperately need surgery for one reason or another. To address this, the ESA has come up with the fancy little hat that uses augmented reality to turn just about anyone into a skilled surgeon, even in spaaace.
In 2013, the European Space Agency will launch the Gaia spacecraft. Its billion-pixel imaging sensor will be among the largest digital cameras ever to exist, and over the course of its mission, it's estimated that Gaia will detect 15,000 new alien planets.
Making your own spaceplane from scratch is obviously not an easy task, which is why we're not all going to the moon on weekends. Reaction Engines is taking it seriously, though, and their Skylon spaceplane concept has just passed a technical review by the European Space Agency, moving it one step closer to reality.
This lumpy blob is a gravity map of our planet, showing an exaggerated view of where sea level would be if it weren't for waves, tides, currents, or weather. The European Space Agency's GOCE satellite has created the most detailed planetary gravity map ever, and it could help us understand everything from climate change to earthquakes.