Category Archives: Space/ AstroPhysics

3D printing CubeSat bodies for cheaper, faster missions

As a first test of a new printable hard, electrically conductive plastic, ESA has 3D-printed CubeSat structures incorporating their own electrical lines. In future, such miniature satellites could be ready…

Exploring underground with a colliding drone

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map. ESA has…

Crab on LCD

This captivating new image shows the Crab Nebula in bright neon colours. The unusual image was produced by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from radio…

ESRO-2 control room

ESRO-2 control room at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, in 1968.  On 17 May 1968, the ESRO-2B satellite was launched by a Scout-B rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA,…

Sources in XMM-Newton’s second slew catalogue

This colourful, seemingly abstract artwork is actually a map of our Galaxy, depicting all the celestial objects that were detected in the XMM-Newton slew survey between August 2001 and December…

Looking into the Cheops telescope tube

Seen here is a Cheops team member reflected in the satellite’s main mirror, and framed by the black internal surface of the telescope tube. The back of the secondary mirror…

Printing bricks from moon dust using the sun’s heat

Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight – proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements…

Titan flyby 22 April 2017

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the international Cassini–Huygens mission made its final close flyby of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, coming within 1000 km of the atmosphere-clad world. The…

Science record set on space station

If anything should break in space, let it be records. The astronauts of Expedition 50 have done just that by setting a new record for most time spent on scientific…

Lake MacKay, Australia

Brown hills speckle the eastern part of Australia’s Lake MacKay in this satellite image. Located on the border of the states of Western Australia and Northern Territory, the salt lake…