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Reach for the stars

35 min 50 sec ago

Human spaceflight and exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst begins preflight science measurements.

ESA's next science mission to focus on nature of exoplanets

45 min 50 sec ago

The nature of planets orbiting stars in other systems will be the focus for ESA’s fourth medium-class science mission, to be launched in mid 2028.

Sentinels helping to map minerals

3 hours 21 min ago

The traditional way of mapping Earth’s geology and mineral resources is a costly and time-consuming undertaking. While satellites cannot entirely replace the expert in the field, they can certainly help – as a recent effort in Africa shows.

ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter from orbit

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 09:49

The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigantic scale of the problem.

Ultraviolet crab

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 08:05

Space Science Image of the Week: The Crab Nebula in ultraviolet light, as seen by ESA's XMM-Newton telescope

Week In Images

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
12-16 March 2018

Getting to know Steve

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 10:00

Steve – a strange shimmering ribbon of purple light in the night sky – was discovered in 2016, but now, thanks to ESA’s Swarm mission, more is known about this weird feature of the aurora.


Fri, 16/03/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2A takes us over Japan’s capital, the world’s largest megacity

Earth from Space

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 09:05

In this edition, discover the Japanese capital of Tokyo with Sentinel-2

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 08:00

ESA is saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking, FRS, cosmologist and one of the pioneers of theoretical studies of black holes, on 14 March at the age of 76.


Thu, 15/03/2018 - 11:05

Operations image of the week: BepiColombo mission controllers sending test commands to the actual spacecraft in preparation for launch

Vacuum clearing

Wed, 14/03/2018 - 16:00

Technology image of the week: extending ESA’s Test Centre back in 1983 to clear space for Europe’s largest thermal vacuum chamber

Volcanic wormhole

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 12:45

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: The bowels of Earth in 3D

Full house for EDRS

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 06:43

The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun regularly relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.

Spaceport calling

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:50

Space Science Image of the Week: New views of BepiColombo as teams prepare to move to Europe's spaceport in Kourou

Voyaging for the Sentinels

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 16:18

Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26 000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.

Week In Images

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
5-9 March 2018

BepiColombo gets green light for launch site

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 10:00

Europe’s first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch.

Italy and Mediterranean

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-3A view stretching from Sardinia to Romania

Earth from Space

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 09:05

In this edition, the Sentinel-3A satellite treats us to a view over Italy and the Mediterranean