Curiosity Mars landing – video

Not much to see here apart from the heat shield flying off and the ground approaching, but JPL has provided this stop-motion video of frames from the last 2.5mins of flight – the best glimpse of what it would have looked like to ride on Curiosity…...

Galileo passes milestone with GIOVE retirement

Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system has reached a milestone of sorts with the retirement of the first technology validation spacecraft, GIOVE-A (Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element), which has been in orbit since December 2005. GIOVE-A’s mission...

Vote: coolest-ever spacecraft

Well, coolest-ever fictional spacecraft, anyway. How Stuff Works is running a tournament of head-to-head pairings, and all it needs is your vote – USS Enterprise v Space Battleship, Plant Express v Serenity, Tardis v Heart of Gold, etc. So if you get tired of...

Don’t try this at home!

The European Space Agency carried out a rare test-firing yesterday of its Ariane 5 solid-fuel booster at its French Guiana spaceport. The 135-second test on a specially-designed vertical testing stand  was part of the Ariane 5 Research and Technology Accompaniment...