Fantastic Voyage: Europe Prepares First Comet Landing

Fantastic Voyage: Europe Prepares First Comet Landing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2014

On Wednesday, astronomers with the European Space Agency will attempt a maneuver that has never been tried before. A probe from the spacecraft Rosetta is to land on a comet some 500 million kilometers away. The mission could teach us about life on Earth. By Olaf Stampf more... Comment ]

Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2014

It might become the mother of all reality shows. Fully 704 candidates are soon to begin competing for a trip to Mars to establish a colony there. Broadcasting rights are to fund the mission, but a return ticket is not part of the deal. By Manfred Dworschak more... Video ]

'Gravity' Fact-Check: 'Death in Space Is a Cheerful Death'

'Gravity' Fact-Check: 'Death in Space Is a Cheerful Death'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

The movie "Gravity" depicts two astronauts fighting to survive while floating in the void of space. German astronaut Ulrich Walter explains what the film got right and wrong -- and what actually happens when you puncture your spacesuit. Interview Conducted By Olaf Stampf more... Comment ]

Shifting Constellations: Europe Eyes China in Space Race

Shifting Constellations: Europe Eyes China in Space Race

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2013

As America has reduced its space funding and capabilities, the European Space Agency has turned to the new rising power in space: China. Though obstacles remain, collaboration could one day take a European-Chinese crew to the moon. By Kevin Holden Platt in Beijing more... Comment ]

Europe's Cosmic Agreement: European Space Agency Takes a Step into the Future

Europe's Cosmic Agreement: European Space Agency Takes a Step into the Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2012

The European Space Agency has a new budget and member states have also set aside a bitter debate over the future of the Ariane rocket, the program's commercial workhorse. All sides are happy -- and Russia may even benefit from the deal. more... Comment ]

Pan Am Astronomy: A New Telescope Looks into the Birthplace of Stars

Pan Am Astronomy: A New Telescope Looks into the Birthplace of Stars

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2012

Astronomers have long had a basic understanding of how stars are formed. But observing and proving the theory has proven elusive. Now, a German-American project, complete with an infrared telescope mounted on an old Pan Am 747, is providing new insights. By Olaf Stampf more... Comment ]

Mission To Mars: Austrian Cave Sets Stage for Red Planet Voyage

Mission To Mars: Austrian Cave Sets Stage for Red Planet Voyage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2012

Volunteers and professionals at the Austrian Space Forum are testing a prototype Mars space suit in a series of ice caves that provide conditions similar to those on the Red Planet. Humanity is still far away from a manned mission to the planet, but the enthusiasts here believe it will actually happen one day. By Christoph Seidler more... Video | Comment ]

Cleaning Up the Cosmos: Swiss Develop Satellite to Dispose of Space Junk

Cleaning Up the Cosmos: Swiss Develop Satellite to Dispose of Space Junk

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2012

Scientists warn that the amount of space debris orbiting the planet has reached a dangerously high level. But a new miniature satellite has been designed to clean up this cosmic clutter -- by the paragons of tidiness themselves, the Swiss. By Christoph Seidler more...

Challenging America: Europe Seeks Space Cooperation With China

Challenging America: Europe Seeks Space Cooperation With China

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2012

Europe's space industry, cash-strapped as a result of the debt crisis, wants to step up cooperation with China, which has an ambitious program and is building a moon-landing vehicle and capsules for manned missions. Such an alliance would likely cause tensions with the US. By Christian Schwägerl more...

'Directly in its Path': German Satellite Almost Crashed into Beijing

'Directly in its Path': German Satellite Almost Crashed into Beijing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2012

Last October, the German research satellite Rosat plunged into the Bay of Bengal, more than 20 years after it had been launched into orbit. But had it remained aloft for just seven more minutes, it would have landed in Beijing instead, new calculations show. By Christian Schwägerl more...