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Campfires on the Sun. First images of the Sun from Solar Orbiter (2020), an ESA and NASA collaboration/Image: ESA

Unique Planetary System Defies Theories of Planetary Formation

The theories of Planetary Formation will never be the same.

ESA’s exoplanet mission, Cheops, revealed a unique planetary system in which five of its six exoplanets are locked in a rare rhythmic dance as they orbit their central star. The sizes and masses of the planets, however, don’t follow such an orderly pattern, challenging current theories of Planet Formation.

Scientists rely on the discovery of increasing numbers of planetary systems to continue to improve the understanding of how planet

Themis: ESA's First Stage Flight toward 2030 European Space Fleet Roadmap

What do Greek Mythodoly and space exploration have in common? A lot!

The European Space Agency (ESA) is taking the first steps toward the in-flight demonstration of a prototype reusable rocket first stage from 2023 onwards. ESA's reusable rocket is called Themis.

In Greek Mythology, Themis was the Goddess of Justice. She was one of the Titans, a Titaness, daughter of Uranus and Gaea. Themis was the human-like representation of the natural and moral order.

She was the second wife of Zeus. The

Europe's First Artificial Intelligence Space Missions

Europe's first Artificial Intelligence Earth observation mission, ɸ-Sat-1, was successfully launched. ESA's ɸ-Sat-2 is now underway.

Following ESA's successful launch of its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Earth observation mission ɸ-Sat-1 (pronounced Phi-Sat-1), the European Space Agency (ESA) follows-up with the next innovative state-of-the-art technology: ɸ-Sat-2 (Phi-Sat-2).

In another historical event to advance European space missions, on September 3, 2020, ESA launched its ɸ-Sat-1, a

China's Reusable Spacecraft Returns to Earth after a Weekend in Orbit

The 2020s might be known in history as the decade when space missions and the modern space race accelerated the conquest of the next frontier. While most of the news we read tells us about what NASA, ESA, and SpaceX have accomplished, others such as China, launch their space missions without too much fanfare. Or, as a secret mission.

In 2017, Chinese officials announced their plans to launch their own new spacecraft by 2020. The reusable rocket would also launch and land horizontally and take-o
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Campfires: First images of the Sun from Solar Orbiter (2020).

Solar Orbiter’s First Images Reveal Tiny Campfires on the Sun

ESA's Sun-explorer Solar Orbiter reached its first perihelion, the point in its orbit closest to the star, on June 15, 2020, getting as close as 77 million kilometers (47.8 million miles) to the Sun's surface.

On July 16, ESA revealed the first close-up images that Solar Orbiter took of the Sun during an online press announcement. For the first time, the scientists discussed the first close-up images of the Sun, which we can see here below.

Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international col