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Gaia satellite begins 3D-mapping the galaxy

​The largest digital camera ever sent into space is beginning its quest to map the Milky Way, surveying a billion stars with nearly a billion pixels.

By July 29, 2014


Billion-pixel Gaia camera to map galaxy in 3D

The European Space Agency successfully put its Gaia satellite into orbit, with the hopes of unrolling a stunning map of the Milky Way in 3D.

By December 19, 2013


Finally, humanity gets the tools needed to find life on other planets

In the "Star Trek" universe, humans made contact with aliens in 2063. In the real world, scientists could beat that mark by decades, at least when it comes to detecting signs of life beyond this rock.

By June 16, 2015


Transient star grazing our solar system 'just left,' cosmically speaking

The nearest star beyond our own sun is 4 light-years away, but not long ago (in terms of cosmic time) a small binary star system buzzed the edge of our solar system, coming five times closer to Earth.

By February 18, 2015


This 30-foot-tall spiked Faraday cage helps satellites thrive

Looking like a deathtrap in a movie, this room at one of the ESA's test centers plays a critical role in satellite building.

By February 7, 2015


Astronaut drives rover on Earth -- from space

Traveling in orbit at over 17,000 miles per hour, an ESA astronaut maneuvers a remote-controlled vehicle in the Netherlands to demonstrate "space Internet."

By August 11, 2014


Crave Ep. 150: Will dogs speak human in 2014?

No More Woof is a wearable brainwave-reading headband for dogs that can interpret up to four neural patterns and voice them in human-speak.

By December 20, 2013


ESA's Gaia camera packs one billion pixels, maps entire Milky Way in 3D

The European Space Agency has just flopped out a 1 billion pixel (that's, one thousand megapixels) imaging device known as GAIA, which will map our galaxy in 3D.

By July 11, 2011


ESA's Gaia camera packs 1 billion pixels

European Space Agency's imaging device is embarking on an ambitious mission to chart the largest and most precise 3D map of the Milky Way.

By July 11, 2011


Firefox OS Simulator 3.0 makes its debut

The simulator is an extension that runs in Firefox and lets users check out how the operating system will work.

By March 14, 2013