If observations made by ESA's Mars Express are indicative of similar processes seen on Earth, these ancient Martian hills may also hide hidden deposits of ice.
In the end, Europe's fifth and final space station freighter went out in more of a fiery blaze than with the big bang of its namesake.
From a distance of 100 kilometers, the European Rosetta mission captured a stunning overall view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and its strengthening jets of vapor.
About 100 minutes after blasting off aboard a Vega rocket Wednesday, the European Intermediate Experimental Vehicle made a parachute descent back to Earth, completing a successful test flight.
In this dreamy observation, staring down on Mars' south polar icecap, a European spacecraft has captured stunning ruddy swirls frozen in Martian ice, like cinnamon sprinkles and coffee mixing with the frothy milk atop a rich cappuccino.
The European Space Agency is preparing for launch next week of a small reusable spacecraft that is due to make its first test run beyond the atmosphere.
Early results from Europe’s ongoing Rosetta comet mission show the icy body, believed to be a remnant from the formation of the solar system, is far more complex and diverse than scientists expected.
The UK's Beagle 2 Mars lander, which disappeared during a landing attempt over Christmas in 2003, has finally been found by a NASA spacecraft.
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