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Cluster spacecraft detects elusive space wind

A new study provides the first conclusive proof of the existence of a space wind first proposed theoretically over 20 years ago.By analysing data...

Using many instruments to track a comet

In 16 years of data observations, the Solar Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO) -- a joint European Space Agency and NASA mission -- - made an unexpected claim for fame: the sighting of new comets at an alarming rate. SOHO has spotted over 2100 comets, mo...

Is Phobos-Grunt just the latest victim of the ‘Mars Curse’?

Brief contact was made last week with the wayward Phobos-Grunt probe, still hobbling through low Earth-orbit since failing to fire its thrusters to escape...

‘Double tsunami’ doubled Japan destruction

Researchers have discovered that the destructive tsunami generated by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake was a long-hypothesized "merging tsunami" that doubled in intensity over rugged ocean ridges, amplifying its destructive powe...

Better mapping of human settlements to support crisis management operations

When a major disaster strikes in remote parts of the world, knowing if the area is populated, and how densely, is crucial for the effective organisation of humanitarian operations. The Global Human Settlements Layer (GHSL), developed by the European...

University of Leicester releases stunning satellite imagery of cyclone Yasi from...

Earth observation scientists at the University of Leicester have recorded stunning images of tropical cyclone Yasi by orbiting satellites. Japanese Meteorological Agency and European Space Agency satellite instruments have been observing the int...

Space Agency investigates novel analog self-steered antennas

Bulky present generation satellite dishes and ground terminals could become relics of the past thanks to research currently being conducted for the European Space Agency (ESA) by Queen's University Belfast's Institute of Electronics, Communications ...

Physicists discover Crab nebula is slowly dimming

BATON ROUGE -- The Crab Nebula, once considered to be a source of energy so stable that astronomers used it to calibrate their instruments, is dimming. LSU physicists Mike Cherry, Gary Case and graduate student James Rodi, together with an intern...

Snow from space: University of Leicester releases satellite images of snow-bound...

Earth observation scientists at the University of Leicester have recorded stunning images of the UK's winter landscape by orbiting satellites. European Space Agency satellite instruments have been observing the icy blast in the UK from their v...

Bridging between Earth and space: technology breakthroughs for scientific progress

TECHBREAK is a new foresight initiative led by the European Science Foundation to identify the technology areas that could benefit the space sector. It goes beyond space-related technologies to bring in expertise from sectors where technology is evo...

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