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In November 2014, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission landed a probe on a comet - a first for such a feat. An EU-funded project used Rosetta data to learn more about the comet in order to better understand the universe we live in.
Published: 31 January 2019
The European Union has established stringent requirements for the monitoring from space of man-made greenhouse gases (GHGs). An EU-funded project is developing a miniaturised spectrometer to be mounted on small satellites. This will enable scientists to meet the specifications for GHG monitoring and ultimately help us to better understand climate change.
Published: 28 January 2019
Published: 13 July 2018
Need to retrieve a few tonnes of cargo from Mars? Send some seriously heavy gear into deep space? Fly out sufficient mass to deflect an asteroid? Current spacecraft would not be nearly big or powerful enough, say EU-funded researchers who have looked into a possible next-generation design based on nuclear electric propulsion.
Published: 14 May 2018
The biggest archive of celestial objects ever created is being made accessible to researchers and space enthusiasts for probing the depths of the Milky Way, assisted by advanced data mining and analysis tools developed by an EU-funded project.
Published: 5 January 2018
Space exploration demands high performance on-board computers with low power requirements that can survive the rigours of aggressive radiation. The EU-funded APEX project has developed the advanced technologies needed to design an ultra-reliable processor for future space missions as far away as Saturn and Jupiter.
Published: 11 September 2017
Imagine our galaxy as a huge living organism, with its own skeleton and its own evolution. The Via Lactea project, after three years of research, has put together a big database about the area of the universe that hosts our galaxy.
Published: 24 April 2017
What would it be like to live on Mars? Much like Earth, maybe, in due course - but the pioneers who will one day head out there will face a deeply hostile environment upon arrival. EU-funded researchers have developed a habitat for simulated space missions in suitably challenging locations down here on Earth. It can also support research in extreme conditions.
Published: 11 April 2017
Published: 31 January 2017
Einstein was right! 100 years after Einstein's prediction, scientists, 14 of which backed by EU funding, observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
Published: 7 November 2016