Author Archives: Marco Trovatello

Black Hole Visualisation Tool

Researchers at ESA’s Advanced Concepts Team (Alexander Wittig and Jai Grover) have created this amazing black hole visualisation tool, now licenced under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. It simulates the view of an observer looking at...

Mayer and Bond craters seen by SMART-1

The Moon, as seen by SMART-1

“Testing solar-electric propulsion and other deep-space technologies, and making lunar scientific investigations” In a nutshell, this is what ESA’s SMART-1 mission was about. Launched on 27 September 2003, it traveled to the Moon using ion propulsion, carrying...

ESASky open science web app

ESASky is an open science discovery portal providing full access to the entire sky as observed with Space astronomy missions, as of February 2017 INTEGRAL, Suzaku, XMM-Newton, Hubble Space Telescope, Hipparcos, Gaia, ISO, Herschel and Planck. You...

Mars as seen by Rosetta's OSIRIS camera (2007)

Mars full disc by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera

Just one image, but a quite iconic one: By request of Wikipedian and University of Michigan graduate student Austin Campbell and with the help of Holger Sierks, Principal Investigator for the OSIRIS camera of our meanwhile retired...

Open Access at the European Space Agency

For more than two decades, ESA has been sharing vast amounts of information, imagery and data with scientists, industry, media and the public at large via digital platforms such as the web and social media. Since early...

ESA Planetary Science Archive Data

The European Space Agency’s Planetary Science Archive (PSA) is the central repository for all scientific and engineering data returned by ESA’s planetary missions: currently ExoMars 2016, Giotto, Huygens, Mars Express, Rosetta, SMART-1, and Venus Express, as well...

3D model of Rosetta’s comet 67p C-G

This 3D shape model of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been released by ESA’s Rosetta archive team already in November 2015. The model includes images taken by Rosetta’s NAVCAM and reveals parts of the comet’s southern hemisphere that were...

Phobos in 3D by ExoMars

ExoMars CaSSIS images & data

CaSSIS, short for Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System, is an instrument on-board ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. All public images are licenced under Creative Commons CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 and can be found on ESA space...

Perspective view in the Colles Nili region on Mars

Mars Express: HRSC and VMC images

Mars Express HRSC images Following its arrival at the Red Planet in December 2003, imagery from ESA’s ongoing Mars Express mission has proved immensely popular, with the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board the spacecraft playing...

Rosetta's comet 67p. Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
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Sounds from Space

ESA’s official SoundCloud channel hosts a multitude of sounds and so-called sonifications from Space, including the famous ‘singing comet’, a track that has been reused and remixed thousands of times by composers and music makers worldwide. Most...