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Collapsing cliff reveals comet’s interior

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 15:30

Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet.  

30 years of deforestation

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 14:20

While the world marks the International Day of Forests, satellites continue to monitor the long-term effects of human activities on our planet’s precious resources

Unravelling Earth’s magnetic field

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 10:00

ESA’s Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earth’s magnetic field to unpick – as well as our planet’s magnetic history imprinted on Earth’s crust.

To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 16:20

After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all-out effort to measure ice on land and sea.

Glitter helps to monitor ocean waves

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 13:52

The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the motion of the sea surface.

B-ring it on!

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 10:20

Space Science Image of the Week: Cassini reveals extraordinarily fine detail in one of Saturn’s rings

Week In Images

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 14:45

Our week through the lens:
13-17 March 2017

Replay from Banff

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 12:00

Watch the replay of the opening session for the Swarm and CryoSat Science Meetings in Banff, Canada

Replay from Banff

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 12:00

Watch the replay of the opening session for the Swarm and CryoSat Science Meetings in Banff, Canada

Two more spacewalks for Thomas Pesquet

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 11:14

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make two more spacewalks under NASA’s plans to maintain the International Space Station during his mission.


Fri, 17/03/2017 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 image of Canada's Alberta province, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Etna erupts

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 17:10

Sentinel-2A has imaged today’s eruption from Mount Etna in Sicily, one of Europe’s most dangerous volcanoes

Beautiful science with astronaut aurora

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:54

Some of the most wonderful pictures taken by astronauts from space are of aurora dancing over our planet. Now the photos are more than just pretty pictures thanks to an ESA project that makes them scientifically usable.

ESA’s Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:00

Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer – Juice – from the drawing board and into construction.

Earth from Space

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:00

Join us Friday, 17 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week we explore the Canadian province of Alberta

ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 11:00

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway.

A toast to Sentinel-2B

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 17:45

The recently launched Sentinel-2B satellite has delivered its first image: the Italian port city of Brindisi – appropriately the same word for the ‘toast’ ritual in Italian

A ‘toast’ to Copernicus Sentinel-2B as it delivers its first images

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 15:36

Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union’s Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision’ it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

ESA on Forbes 30<30

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 14:10

Technology image of the week: ESA graduate trainee Justyna Barys joins the 30 Under 30 Europe Industry List by business publisher Forbes

42 is the answer

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 12:13

Forty-two is the answer, but what is the question? Scientists from the University of Zurich wanted to probe how immune cells adapt to weightlessness so they sent an experiment to the International Space Station with ESA.