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Cloudy Venus

Mon, 09/04/2018 - 08:10

Space Science Image of the Week: ESA's Venus Express shows our sister planet's atmosphere to be an alien and dynamic place, with unique clouds and behaviour

Week In Images

Fri, 06/04/2018 - 14:15

Our week through the lens:
2-6 April 2018

Lake Baikal

Fri, 06/04/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-3A takes us over southern Siberia and the world’s largest freshwater lake

Earth from Space

Fri, 06/04/2018 - 09:05

In this edition, explore southern Siberia and the world’s largest freshwater lake: Lake Baikal

Ariane 5’s second launch of 2018

Thu, 05/04/2018 - 23:09

An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the DSN-1/Superbird-8 and Hylas-4 telecom satellites into their planned orbits.

Dragon lifts off

Tue, 03/04/2018 - 13:15

Human Spaceflight and exploration image of the week: The Dragon cargo vehicle lifts offs with ESA’s atmosphere monitor to the International Space Station

A cat or a fox?

Tue, 03/04/2018 - 11:10

Space Science Image of the Week: Some interstellar clouds take on interesting shapes, like in this animal-themed Gaia image of the Orion constellation

ESTEC's 50-year odyssey

Tue, 03/04/2018 - 09:25

Europe's largest place for space had its royal inauguration on 3 April 1968; our new online brochure celebrates 50 years of ESTEC engineering for space

ESTEC's 50-year odyssey

Tue, 03/04/2018 - 09:25

Europe's largest place for space had its royal inauguration on 3 April 1968; our new online brochure celebrates 50 years of ESTEC engineering for space

From ESTEC to eternity

Tue, 03/04/2018 - 09:25

Photographic highlights across five decades of Europe's largest place for space

Antarctica loses grip

Tue, 03/04/2018 - 08:34

ESA’s CryoSat mission has revealed that, over the last seven years, Antarctica has lost an area of underwater ice the size of Greater London. This is because warm ocean water beneath the continent’s floating margins is eating away at the ice attached to the seabed.

Storm hunter launched to International Space Station

Mon, 02/04/2018 - 21:49

ESA’s observatory to monitor electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere is on its way to the International Space Station. The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor is riding in the Dragon cargo vehicle that lifted off at 20:30 GMT (16:40 local time) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. 

Week In Images

Fri, 30/03/2018 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
26-30 March 2018

The Viking, the dragon and the god of thunder

Fri, 30/03/2018 - 11:44

Scandinavian mythology stories are rich in fantastic creatures, and a Nordic astronaut is about to write a new chapter as Space Viking Andreas Mogensen monitors the arrival of the Dragon cargo vessel at the International Space Station next week. The passenger: a state-of-the-art lightning hunter. 

ESA reentry expertise

Fri, 30/03/2018 - 09:55

Every week, on average, a substantial, inert satellite drops into our atmosphere and burns up. Monitoring these reentries and warning European civil authorities has become routine work for ESA’s space debris experts.

Egg Island

Fri, 30/03/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: since it’s Easter, let’s have a look at this Sentinel-2 image of Egg Island – get it?

Earth from Space

Fri, 30/03/2018 - 09:05

In this edition, Sentinel-2 treats us to a gorgeous picture of Egg Island in the Bahamas

First test success for largest Mars mission parachute

Thu, 29/03/2018 - 09:00

The largest parachute ever to fly on a Mars mission has been deployed in the first of a series of tests to prepare for the upcoming ExoMars mission that will deliver a rover and a surface science platform to the Red Planet.

Spotted in space

Thu, 29/03/2018 - 08:15

Operations image of the week: China’s Tinagong-1 space station seen in orbit in a radar image just days before its expected reentry

Proba-1 pyramid spotting

Wed, 28/03/2018 - 10:00

Technology image of the week: ESA’s longest Earth-observing mission surveys Egypt’s famous pyramids