A glimpse into the past

The new exhibition about the Kepler Observatory at the Ars Electronica Center shows that amateur astronomers can still contribute to scientific achievements today.

Exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center
Throwback: ORIGIN - Investigating the Big Bang

The exhibition took a closer look at the European particle physics laboratory CERN, covering its history, daily activities and the ambitious goals of the global research project.

Deep Space EVOLUTION: Uniview 3.0

Explore the space with the new version of "Uniview", the amazing virtual planetarium program of Ars Electronica Center's Deep Space 8K.

And the CanSat 2022 winner is...

On Thursday, 21.4.2022, the airport of Suben in the district of Schärding was transformed into a mission control center for a number of space-loving young people.

CanSat 2022: Once in the Sky and back

Launching their own mini-satellite 500 metres towards space with a rocket and collecting scientific data - this was the fifth time that students in the CanSat competition had the opportunity to do so.

Throwback: Spaceship Earth

The exhibition "Spaceship Earth" dealt with the question of what we can learn about our planet by observing it.

That's what the new Deep Space EVOLUTION program looks like

New laser projectors, the most powerful graphics cards, a 3D tracking system and a whole range of new interactive programs and spectacular applications. This is Deep Space EVOLUTION.

On the Olympus of Modern Astronomy

Astronomer Peter Habison provides insight into the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile - the world's most productive astronomical observatory. (German language)

Size Comparisons in the Universe

When it comes to imagining sizes in the universe, we quickly reach our limits. But that should not stop us from not trying.

10 Years of CanSat Competition!

2020 marked the 10th anniversary of the CanSat competition. With a Corona-related delay, this year's celebration is underway - and the next competition is already ready to start.

The World is not Enough

We humans have left traces on this blue planet - in the water, on the earth, in the air, but also in outer space.

Which stars show up in our summer sky?

Star photographer Dietmar Hager takes us on a journey through the summer starry sky - as seen from Austria. (German language)

Galaxies and black holes

What is the origin of life? What is the origin of the universe? Where do we come from and where are we going? Questions that have preoccupied mankind for millennia, and it doesn't look like they will be solved soon. For a wonderfully playful perspective, artists are now joining in.

Step into Space

Wanted: Our place in the universe. Found: A team that combines humans and AI to answer fundamental questions. Sarah Petkus and Mark J. Koch aim to educate artificial intelligence to become an individual.

"What exactly is a star?"

A beverage can as mini-satellite, children as climate detectives or a training camp for astronauts: ESERO Austria uses the fascination of the topic of space to introduce young people to scientific topics.

In search of the evolution of intelligence in the universe

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence may make some people think of a funny guy in a bicycle basket, for others it has serious scientific relevance and is closely interwoven with research on artificial intelligence. Thinking off the beaten track helps in this multidisciplinary work.

Get the camera ready, we're going to Mars!

Cliff diving on comets, opulent refractions of light in the ice crystals of Saturn's rings or the gigantic mountain worlds of Mars: Gernot Grömer, Director of the Austrian Space Forum, is probably the most unusual travel guide in the country. The destination of his journey is the solar system, first stopover the Red Planet. All aboard and hold on tight, please!

Ingrid Kurz, moon-landing interpreter: “It was unbelievably thrilling and exciting!”

July 21, 2019, will be the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. As part of a special theme weekend, Ars Electronica is commemorating this great moment in science from different viewpoints. As an interpreter, Ingrid Kurz was close to the action when the first man walked on the moon.

Team EcoSat in the Azores: European CanSat Competition 2018

With their homemade mini-satellite, Team EcoSat came out on top at the first Austrian CanSat competition in April 2018. Over the summer, they had the privilege of flying to the Azores to take part in the Europe-wide competition. Find out all about the experience the Austrian team and their teacher had on the island in this interview.

Dream Job Astronaut: Advanced Space Academy

Simulated weightlessness, scuba training and a Russian course—at the Advanced Space Academy of the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, young people can get a close-up feel on space travel. ESERO Austria made it possible for two Austrian youngsters to attend this year. Here’s their account.

Space Travel and Me: International Space Camp 2018

NASA and the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama annually hold an International Space Camp, and once again this year, ESERO Austria made it possible for a teacher and two students to take part. Here, teacher Julia Schleritzko tells about her experiences.

Happy Birthday ESERO Austria!

ESERO Austria celebrates its 2nd anniversary! The Austrian European Space Education Resource Office, located at the Ars Electronica Center, was founded in June 2016. In addition, Ars Electronica Center Director and ESERO Austria Supervisor, Andreas Bauer, recently became a member of the Advisory Board of the FFG for Aerospace. Reason enough for an interview with us!

CanSat 2018: Paying a Visit to RUAG Space

The runner-up prizes in the 1st Austrian CanSat competition held this past April were provided by RUAG Space—an outing to that company’s production facilities. Teams of up-and-coming young engineers who built their own mini-satellites got guided tours.

This was the CanSat Competition 2017/18

Mini-satellites the size of a coke can, a rocket launch at the Austrian-German border and three teams of students from all over Austria, competing for the title as best CanSat team (and the participation in the European CanSat Competition from June 28, 2018, to July 1, 2018 in the Azores islands) - that's the first Austrian CanSat competition in a nutshell! CanSat is short for satellites (Sat) the size of a coke can (Can). The participating teams only had a few months at their disposal to build their very own mini-satellite, before they would have to show their skills at the big launch at the airfield Schärding-Suben in Austria. On its way back down to Earth, the small devices have to fulfill two seperate missions: Measuring the temperature and air pressure, as well as a secondary mission chosen by the teams themselves. The competition was organized by the European Space Education Research Office (ESERO) Austria, the educational office of the European Space Agency (ESA), which, in Austria, is located at the Ars Electronica Center.

2018 CanSat Competition: The Rockets

While teams of school kids throughout Austria are hard at work creating their cola-can-size satellites to be launched during the CanSat Competition April 9-11, 2018, the Space Team at TUW–Technical University of Vienna is also busy with its preparations—building the rockets that will take these mini-satellites aloft in April. We just paid a visit to the Space Team workshop in Vienna to find out more.

Mission Mars – A Mars Simulation in Oman

In the search for extraterrestrial life, Mars is considered one of the most promising candidates. The OeWF–Austrian Space Forum has already simulated several elements of manned missions to Mars together with researchers on the staff of international partners. The sites of these extraordinary field tests have ranged from the Northern Sahara to Austrian glaciers at 3,000 meters above sea level. The OeWF’s next Mars simulation is set for February 2018 in the Dhofar region of Oman.

Bringing Space to Earth: ESA Teacher Workshop 2017

The European Space Agency (ESA) annually stages two international workshops for teachers from its member states. ESERO Austria made it possible for two Austrian teachers to take part in this year’s workshop in The Netherlands. Here’s an account of how it went.

CanSat Competition 2017: Mini-Satellites That You Build Yourself

A CanSat competition is being staged for the first time in Austria during this school year by ESERO Austria. The assignment: build a so-called CanSat, a satellite the size of a soft drink can that’s able to measure air temperature & pressure and carry out a second mission of the designer’s choice. November 5, 2017 is the entry deadline for teams of students. Find out more in this interview!

The Journey to Mars

Even if signals aren’t being received from the Schiaparelli Test Lander on that evening, we nevertheless had an absolutely fascinating time at the ESA Mission Control Centre in Darmstadt, where we followed the decisive moments of the Mars landing in the company of scientists and artist Aoife Van Linden Tol. Here, we present a few impressions of the journey.

ExoMars: Are We Really the Only Ones?

Are we alone in the universe? This is certainly a high-priority question on science’s agenda. Now, with a landing on Mars, humankind is taking another giant step towards answering it. Thomas Walloschek is an engineer with the European Space Agency (ESA). Following a recent nightshift in the ExoMars mission control room, he took some time out to give us a briefing about this project.