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3D printed Moon base could use astronaut urine as a key ingredient

3D printed Moon base could use astronaut urine as a key ingredient

The European Space Agency is exploring how astronaut urine could be repurposed as a valuable building material, potentially enabling stronger 3D printed Moon bases and more. The research, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, focused on using what would normally be a waste byproduct requiring disposal, and making it much more useful.

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Hubble Space Telescope captures images of Comet C/2019 Y4 breakup

Hubble Space Telescope captures images of Comet C/2019 Y4 breakup

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers the sharpest view yet of the breakup of a comet called Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas). Hubble was able to resolve approximately 30 fragments of the comet on April 20 and 25 pieces on April 23. The comet was first discovered in December 2019 by the ATLAS robotic astronomical survey system in Hawai'i.

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ESA helps NASA analyze unopened Apollo Moon landslide sample

ESA helps NASA analyze unopened Apollo Moon landslide sample

The European Space Agency has revealed that it is working with NASA to help it analyze a sample collected from a lunar landslide during the Apollo 17 mission in the early 1970s. The work will help shed light on aspects of the Moon using technologies that weren't available when the sample was collected, as well as determining whether this method of sample collection and storage was effective for preserving the sample.

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Power Glove could let astronauts control space drones with gestures

Power Glove could let astronauts control space drones with gestures

The European Space Agency has introduced a new space glove concept that would not only protect astronauts from the vacuum of space, but also enable them to control drones using nothing by hand gestures. The concept Power Glove comes from designer Agatha Medioni and French company Comex, which used materials developed under the ESA-funded Project Pextex.

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ESA’s BepiColombo spacecraft zooms past Earth on way to Mercury

ESA’s BepiColombo spacecraft zooms past Earth on way to Mercury

A couple of years ago, the European Space Agency launched its BepiColombo spacecraft on a mission toward Mercury. Late last week, this spacecraft successfully completed its first Earth flyby, according to the ESA, which reports that BepiColombo will complete a total of nine flybys during its time in space. On April 10, the spacecraft came within 7,891 miles of our planet.

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Multiple ESA space missions take a hit as coronavirus pandemic grows

Multiple ESA space missions take a hit as coronavirus pandemic grows

The European Space Agency has revealed that multiple current space missions are being impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. In an announcement on Wednesday, the agency said that it is dialing down its mission operations and sending a number of its mission control center personnel in Germany home to avoid the virus risk. Some instrument operations must be stopped as a result, among other things.

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ESA and Roscosmos delay ExoMars rover mission to 2022

ESA and Roscosmos delay ExoMars rover mission to 2022

The European Space Agency has announced that its ExoMars mission has been postponed until 2022. The decision was made based on recommendations from a team tasked with determining what all still needs to be done in order to get launch authorization. Put simply, more time is needed to complete all of the tests necessary for the Mars spacecraft to be launched.

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Solar Orbiter set to launch on February 7

Solar Orbiter set to launch on February 7

A new space mission is set to launch on February 7 and is called the Solar Orbiter. It's a collaboration between the ESA and NASA. The first launch window for the spacecraft will come on February 7 at 11:15 p.m. EST. The launch will happen at Cape Canaveral aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA and ESA will send Solar Orbiter to study the Sun’s poles

NASA and ESA will send Solar Orbiter to study the Sun’s poles

NASA and the European Space Agency have teamed up to send a new spacecraft called Solar Orbiter to study the Sun's poles. The space agencies announced the mission on Monday, explaining that this effort will involve snapping the first-ever images of our star's north pole and south pole. Assuming everything goes as planned, Solar Orbiter will be launched from Florida early next month.

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ESA finally solves its Huygens probe’s Titan landing mystery

ESA finally solves its Huygens probe’s Titan landing mystery

The European Space Agency has finally discovered what went wrong during the descent of the Huygens probe it sent to Saturn's moon Titan as part of the Cassini-Huygens mission launched in 1997. Both the Cassini and the Huygens missions were successful, but the latter didn't perform without issue: the ESA says its probe started spinning the wrong direction during descent, a mystery that has now been solved.

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ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

The European Space Agency has shared a new image of Mars captured using the camera on its Mars Express spacecraft. In the photo, we see Mars' north pole covered with large sheets of snowy white ice surrounded by otherwise reddish and dusty landscape. The image is surprisingly clear and smooth, resembling something one may capture with a 4K drone camera or DSLR.

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ESA launches Cheops, its first mission to explore exoplanets

ESA launches Cheops, its first mission to explore exoplanets

The European Space Agency has successfully launched its Cheops satellite as part of a mission to explore exoplanets that exist beyond our Solar System. Assuming everything goes according to plan, Cheops will be used to learn more about these distant planets, some of which are believed to be potentially capable of sustaining life. This is the first time the ESA has launched a mission dedicated to these planets.

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