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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking like a deathtrap in a movie, this room at one of the ESA's test centers plays a critical role in satellite building.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The simulator is an extension that runs in Firefox and lets users check out how the operating system will work.