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Week in images

4 hours 43 min ago

Our week through the lens:
18 - 22 March 2019

Water in space

5 hours 31 min ago

Satellites key to addressing water scarcity

8 hours 18 min ago

Today is World Water Day, but with millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggling to cope in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, the notion of water shortages may not be at the forefront of our minds right now. Even so, floods, like we see here, lead to real problems accessing clean water. Whether the problem is inundation or water scarcity, satellites can help monitor this precious resource.

Earth from Space

9 hours 43 min ago

For World Water Day, we take a look at Lake Chad at the southern edge of the Sahara, where water supplies are dwindling

Lake Chad

9 hours 43 min ago

Earth observation image of the week: marking World Water Day, these images show the receding waters of Lake Chad

Water for life

Thu, 21/03/2019 - 14:31

UN SDG6 targets ‘Water for all by 2030’. For World Water Day we take a look at ways that space can help this global challenge.

Bangkok’s green lung

Thu, 21/03/2019 - 13:50

On the International Day of Forests, we bring you this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image of Bangkok and its oasis of green, Bang Kachao

ExoMars landing platform arrives in Europe with a name

Thu, 21/03/2019 - 13:30

The platform destined to land on the Red Planet as part of the next ExoMars mission has arrived in Europe for final assembly and testing – and been given a name.

Testing the value of artificial gravity for astronaut health

Thu, 21/03/2019 - 12:38

Test subjects in Cologne, Germany will take to their beds for 60 days from 25 March as part of a groundbreaking study, funded by European Space Agency ESA and US space agency NASA, into how artificial gravity could help astronauts stay healthy in space.

Land-cover dynamics unveiled

Thu, 21/03/2019 - 11:00

Billions of image pixels recorded by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission have been used to generate a high-resolution map of land-cover dynamics across Earth’s landmasses. This map also depicts the month of the peak of vegetation and gives new insight into land productivity.

Giant ‘chimneys’ vent X-rays from Milky Way’s core

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 18:00

By surveying the centre of our Galaxy, ESA’s XMM-Newton has discovered two colossal ‘chimneys’ funneling material from the vicinity of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole into two huge cosmic bubbles.

Grande oil spill

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 16:40

Copernicus Sentinel-1 has imaged the oil spill from the Grande America ship that sank in the Atlantic, 300 km off the coast of France

Jupiter arm out

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 13:20

Technology image of the week: Extending a 10.5-m long magnetometer boom held up by balloons for ESA’s Jupiter mission at the Agency’s Netherlands-based Test Centre

Copernicus Sentinel-1 maps floods in wake of Idai

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 11:40

As millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere’s worst storm, Copernicus Sentinel-1 is one of the satellite missions being used to map flooded areas to help relief efforts.

Taking gravity from strength to strength

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 08:09

Ten years ago, ESA launched one of its most innovative satellites. GOCE spent four years measuring a fundamental force of nature: gravity. This extraordinary mission not only yielded new insights into our gravity field, but led to some amazing discoveries about our planet, from deep below the surface to high up in the atmosphere and beyond. And, this remarkable mission continues to realise new science today.

BioRock and roll

Tue, 19/03/2019 - 16:15

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Microbial experiment ‘dry run’ yields gorgeous results

Saturn at equinox

Tue, 19/03/2019 - 08:30

Space Science Image of the Week: Earth’s annual March equinox occurs this week, but this outer Solar System equivalent only takes place once every 15 years

ESA’s Hera asteroid mission borrows eyes of NASA’s Dawn

Mon, 18/03/2019 - 10:17

The mission to the smallest asteroid ever explored will employ the same main camera as the mission to the largest asteroids of all. ESA’s proposed Hera spacecraft to the Didymos asteroid pair has inherited its main imager from NASA’s Dawn mission to the Vesta and Ceres asteroids.

Week in images

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 14:25

Our week through the lens:
11 - 15 March 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Kenya’s capital, Nairobi