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Europe’s Herschel telescope bows out after successful mission

Europe’s deep-space Herschel telescope has given up the ghost — running out of coolant after a successful mission to observe the birth of stars and galaxies, the European Space Agency said Monday. “Herschel has made over 35,000 scientific observations, amassing more than 25,000 hours’ worth of science data from about…

French developers equip drone with ‘spaceship’ crowdsourcing app

European Space Agency scientists have developed a smartphone app that turns a toy drone into a virtual spacecraft on a mission to dock with the International Space Station, and uses crowd-sourced data from its manoeuvres to improve artificial intelligence on future missions. The free AstroDrone app for the iPhone and…

Astrophysicists: Black hole awakens to swallow planet-sized object

Astrophysicists have witnessed the rare event of a black hole awakening from its slumber to snack on a planet-sized object in a galaxy 47 million light years away, the University of Geneva said Tuesday. The observation made using the European Space Agency’s INTEGRAL satellite project, revealed a black hole that…

Europe and Russia ink deal on double mission to Mars

The European Space Agency (ESA) said it signed a deal on Thursday with its Russian counterpart to launch two unmanned missions to Mars, a quest that was rocked by a US pullout last year. Called ExoMars, the scheme entails sending an orbital probe to the Red Planet in January 2016…

‘Big Bang’ probe reveals strange microwave haze in the center of the galaxy

PARIS — A probe designed to delve into the “Big Bang” that created the cosmos has uncovered an enigmatic fog of microwave radiation in the centre of our galaxy, European astronomers reported on Monday. Planck, a billion-dollar European space telescope launched in May 2009, found “a mysterious haze of microwaves…

Europe’s ‘Big Bang’ observatory completes cosmic survey

PARIS — A 900-million-dollar orbital observatory has completed the biggest-ever search for remnants of the “Big Bang” that created the Universe, the European Space Agency said on Monday. The main instrument on the Planck observatory failed on Saturday when — as expected — it ran out of coolant, ending a…

NASA at work on ‘spearfishing’ for comets

WASHINGTON — The US space agency is developing a high-tech harpoon that could one day pierce a comet and grab samples for scientists on Earth to study for hints about how the universe formed. The idea borrows on a concept developed by the European Space Agency but adds a sample…

Russia ‘makes first contact’ with stranded Mars probe

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday announced its scientists had for the first time made contact with its stranded Mars probe Phobos-Grunt, a day after the European Space Agency said it had received a signal. “A signal from the probe has been received and some telemetry data. At the moment our…

Moscow ‘Mars mission’ ends after 520 days

Six volunteers on Friday stepped out into the outside world after spending the last one-and-a-half-years locked away in an isolation module in Moscow to simulate the effects of a return trip to Mars. The multi-national crew showed no ill effects after emerging from the capsule where they had lived and…

Experiment volunteers ‘walk on Mars’

KOROLEV, Russia (AFP) – A group of volunteers isolated from the outside world for eight months stepped out on a mock-up of Mars on Monday, reaching the half-way point of their experimental “voyage” to the Red Planet. Outfitted in heavy white space suits and clunky boots, the Russian and Italian…

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