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Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 09:55

The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Plesetsk, Russia

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Northeastern Russia and the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, from where the Sentinel-5P satellite is set for launch today

Hurricane Ophelia

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 15:05

The Sentinel-3 satellite captured Hurricane Ophelia as it gains strength over the Atlantic Ocean

Asteroid Luca

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 13:14

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but “Lucaparmitano” is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer.

Acquiring signals

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 10:26

Operations image of the week: ESA’s antenna in Sweden will be the first to catch signals from Sentinel-5P in space tomorrow

Global space

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 08:51

Watch replay of Global Space Economic Workshop held in Paris, 13 October

California fires

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 14:51

Sentinel-3 captured smoke from a recent outbreak of wildfires in the US state of California as they spread to the Pacific coast

Test site sightseeing

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 09:20

Technology image of the week: A young visitor explores ESA’s satellite test centre during Open Day

Follow the launch event

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 09:20

Live from ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, follow the event leading up to the launch of Sentinel-5P. Streaming begins at 08:30 GMT (10:30 CEST)

Watch Sentinel-5P launch

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 09:20

Follow the Sentinel-5P launch live from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia on 13 October. Streaming begins at 09:00 GMT (11:00 CEST), with liftoff scheduled at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST)

Secrets of hidden ice canyons revealed

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 09:00

We are all aware that Antarctica’s ice shelves are thinning, but recently scientists have also discovered huge canyons cutting through the underbelly of these shelves, potentially making them even more fragile. Thanks to the CryoSat and Sentinel-1 missions, new light is being shed on this hidden world.

New crew and new research in Antarctica

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 14:40

The Concordia research station in Antarctica is a place of extremes: for nine months no supplies can be delivered, the nearest living beings are 600 km away at the Russian Vostok station, and the Sun does not rise above the horizon for four months in the winter. 

Weightless Wishes

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 14:27

The  Rêves de Gosse association, together with ESA and Novespace, helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights.

Ready to assume control of Sentinel-5P

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:32

Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space.

Round and round they go

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:46

Human Spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Spacewalking astronauts

Sentinel-5P poised for liftoff

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 15:30

With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Patchwork geology

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 08:00

Space Science Image of the Week: This colourful patchwork maps geological features on Mercury, destination for our upcoming BepiColombo mission

To Mars with ESA and the Guggenheim Bilbao

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 14:00

ESA and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, with the BBK Foundation, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Spanish arts centre with a performance of Chasmata, a journey to Mars through contemporary art, music and architecture. Monday’s concert can be seen online starting at 18:30 GMT (20:30 CEST).

Week in Images

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 13:00

Our week through the lens:
2-6 October 2017

Larsen Ice Shelf

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-3 image over a massive iceberg near the Antarctic Peninsula, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme