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Gaia’s biggest operation since launch and commissioning

4 hours 33 min ago

On Tuesday 16 July, teams at ESA’s mission control will perform an ‘orbit change manoeuvre’ on the Gaia space observatory – the biggest operation since the spacecraft was launched in 2013.

Lunar eclipse

8 hours 20 min ago

Space Science Image of the Week: ESA’s SMART-1 spacecraft captured this view of a lunar eclipse on its way to the Moon in 2004

Week in images

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
8 - 12 July 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, explore Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain, with Copernicus Sentinel-2

Mount Fuji

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the snow-capped Mount Fuji in Japan

Using satellite information to help rebuild after a disaster

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 08:10

ESA and the Asian Development Bank have joined forces to help the Indonesian government use satellite information to guide the redevelopment following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the provincial capital of Palu and surroundings last year.

Vega Flight VV15 failure: Arianespace and ESA appoint an independent inquiry commission

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:58

Arianespace announced today, 11 July, 2019, the failure of Flight VV15 carrying the FalconEye1 satellite. This was the first Vega failure after 14 successful launches in a row since being introduced at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana in 2012.

Flight VV15: Mission failure

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 08:49

Approximately two minutes after the Vega launcher’s liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana, a launcher anomaly occurred shortly after ignition of the Zefiro 23 second stage – leading to the premature end of the mission.

October’s ESA Open Day looks to the Moon

Wed, 10/07/2019 - 12:20

Come to ESA’s technical heart this October to meet veteran Apollo astronauts and hear from engineers designing future European missions to the Moon. This year’s ESA Open Day at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will take place on Sunday 6 October – everyone is welcome.

Aux thrusters are GO

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 15:48

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Progress on the second European Service Model that will power the Orion spacecraft’s Artemis 2 mission

Martian coming & going

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 15:16

A piece of Mars itself – that came to Earth after an asteroid or comet struck the Martian surface – has been used to calibrate a camera soon to be launched to the Red Planet

Upside-down 3D-printed skin and bone, for humans to Mars

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 13:19

3D printing human tissue could help keep astronauts healthy all the way to Mars. An ESA project has produced its first bioprinted skin and bone samples.

Preparing science Beyond Earth

Mon, 08/07/2019 - 15:08

The next astronauts to join the International Space Station are on their marks for their launch to Earth’s orbit on 20 July, a date that also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

ESAIL undergoes its final preparations for launch

Mon, 08/07/2019 - 13:56

The ESAIL microsatellite developed under ESA’s programme for tracking ships at sea is going through its final tests ahead of launch.


Mon, 08/07/2019 - 12:40

Space Science Image of the Week: While observing the sky in X-rays, ESA’s XMM-Newton spots thousands of serendipitous sources

Week in images

Fri, 05/07/2019 - 14:27

Our week through the lens:
1 - 5 July 2019

Go Beyond

Fri, 05/07/2019 - 13:58

We're counting down the days to ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano's second mission to the ISS. The Beyond collection is now available in the ESA Space Shop!

Pioneer satellites launched

Fri, 05/07/2019 - 11:48

The latest ESA Partnership Projects mission has launched two tiny supercomputing nanosatellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from Vostochny in Russia.

Earth from Space

Fri, 05/07/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, explore a swirl of sea ice off the east coast of Greenland with Copernicus Sentinel-2

Irminger Sea ice swirl

Fri, 05/07/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over fragments of swirling sea ice off the coast of Greenland