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The mystery of what happened to Europe's first Mars lander may have finally been solved

There have been a lot of Mars missions over the years, and the vast majority of those did not end well. Now, we might finally know what downed Europe’s first Mars rover.

Look out, NASA: Russia and ESA set to land their own probe on Mars this week
Oct 11, 2016

It’s not easy to land a probe on another planet, which is part of the reason the United States is still pretty much the only country to pull it off successfully. But that could all change later this week.

ESA releases largest star map ever compiled, featuring 1.1 billion stars
Sep 15, 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) has spent the past three years scanning and cataloguing the heavens with its Gaia spacecraft, and the fruits of those labors have finally been unveiled.

The European Space Agency wants to beam your message 434-light-years away to Polaris
Aug 2, 2016

The European Space Agency is gearing up to send a message 434 light-years away to a distant star, and they’d like to include your message.

The ESA is getting ready to crash it's Rosetta spacecraft into an asteroid
Jul 5, 2016

After more than a decade in space, the European Space Agency is gearing up to finally end its Rosetta comet mission — by crashing the satellite into the comet it's been monitoring all this time.

A tiny speck of space debris caused this crack in the International Space Station window
May 12, 2016

It usually takes a fairly large rock to crack the average car windshield, but when you’re up in space, a speck of dust can wreak all kinds of havoc. Case in point: the International Space Station (ISS).

Europe and Russia bumping ExoMars mission to search for life from 2018 to 2020
May 3, 2016

Europe and Russia have been working toward an ambitious new Mars rover, but it seems the 2018 launch target is to tight. So the ExoMars mission will now be bumped to 2020.

Europe and Russia launches ExoMars mission today to search for signs of life
Mar 14, 2016

Sure, NASA already has Curiosity rolling around up on Mars, but now Europe and Russia are launching their own robot to the Red Planet — and they’ll be using the latest tech to search for signs of life.

Rosetta's Philae comet lander is officially lost, scientists will no longer attempt contact
Feb 12, 2016

We already knew the European Space Agency was having a tough time getting in touch with its Philae lander, which is currently sitting on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and now the craft has officially been declared MIA.

ESA loses touch with Philae lander, Rosetta mission could be over
Jan 12, 2016

One of the most exciting space missions of recent history may have just come to an abrupt end, as the European Space Agency (ESA) has seemingly lost touch with its Philae lander, currently flinging through the cosmos on a comet.

An ESA astronaut plans to run the London Marathon. While in space.
Dec 4, 2015

Just because you’re in space doesn’t mean you have to be left out. 

Europe's Space Agency says NASA's going back to the moon after all
Jul 4, 2015

Two years ago, the President of the United States made it clear that a return to the Moon was not a priority for American space flight, but it seems he may have forgotten to tell NASA. American astronauts are apparently planning to head back to the Moon less than 10 years from now. At least, that's what the European Space Agency says.

Martian mountain range could hide massive deposits of frozen water
Feb 23, 2015

Researchers have been scoping out a unique range of hills and peaks on Mars, and now believe the area could contain a massive deposit of frozen water.