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Hurricane Lane

Fri, 24/08/2018 - 11:45

The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes the temperature of Hurricane Lane on 22 August as it headed for Hawaii

Launch your idea

Fri, 24/08/2018 - 09:00

ESA experts are waiting to give feedback on your ideas for space transportation services. Outstanding proposals win a trip to see a launch at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Send us your ideas by 14 September

ESOC takes control

Thu, 23/08/2018 - 14:30

Operations image of the week: mission teams at ESA's operations centre in Germany take over control of Europe's wind mission, Aeolus, from the launch site in Kourou

Why measure wind?

Thu, 23/08/2018 - 14:00

Where does wind come from? Why is it important and why do we need to measure it? And, how is Aeolus going to make these measurements from space?

Aeolus highlights

Thu, 23/08/2018 - 11:15

A look back at preparations for the 22 August liftoff of ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana

Launch coverage

Wed, 22/08/2018 - 22:50

Watch the replay of the Aeolus launch coverage from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana

ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite launched

Wed, 22/08/2018 - 22:35

ESA’s Earth Explorer Aeolus satellite has been launched into polar orbit on a Vega rocket. Using revolutionary laser technology, Aeolus will measure winds around the globe and play a key role in our quest to better understand the workings of our atmosphere. Importantly, this novel mission will also improve weather forecasting.

Liftoff replay

Wed, 22/08/2018 - 21:25

Watch the replay of ESA’s Aeolus mission lifting off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana

Extending Europe’s reach

Wed, 22/08/2018 - 08:45

Technology image of the week: Shaker testing of an articulated boom to extend large antenna reflectors or heavy instruments from satellites

It's lit

Wed, 22/08/2018 - 07:25

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Justin the humanoid robot during a space-to-ground experiment

Watch Aeolus launch

Tue, 21/08/2018 - 12:40

Follow the launch of Aeolus live from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 22 August. Streaming begins at 21:00 GMT (23:00 CEST), with liftoff at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST)

Infant exoplanet weighed by Hipparcos and Gaia

Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:00

The mass of a very young exoplanet has been revealed for the first time using data from ESA’s star mapping spacecraft Gaia and its predecessor, the quarter-century retired Hipparcos satellite.

24-hour weather delay

Mon, 20/08/2018 - 14:57

The liftoff of Arianespace’s Flight VV12 with Europe’s Aeolus satellite has been delayed by 24 hours due to winds at altitude over the Spaceport in French Guiana

Bricks from Moon dust

Mon, 20/08/2018 - 13:13

Lunar masonry starts on Earth. European researchers are working with Moon dust simulants that could one day allow astronauts to build habitats on our natural satellite and pave the way for human space exploration.

Galactic mesh

Mon, 20/08/2018 - 06:47

Space Science Image of the Week: The 3D distribution of the most massive stars in our Galactic neighbourhood, based on the latest data from ESA’s Gaia mission

Aeolus teams ready for space

Fri, 17/08/2018 - 19:05

The teams responsible for flying the Aeolus satellite completed a pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal’ at ESA’s ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt today, the last major step in getting ready for next Tuesday’s liftoff.

Week in images

Fri, 17/08/2018 - 13:00

Our week through the lens:
13 - 17 August 2018

Listening out for Aeolus

Thu, 16/08/2018 - 10:15

Operations image of the week: The newest member of ESA's network of ground stations, a 4.5 m-diameter antenna in Australia, is primed and ready to hear Aeolus' first words

Commanding from space

Thu, 16/08/2018 - 07:30

Technology image of the week: This Friday, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will be commanding this humanoid robot from orbit, and you can watch the test live

Easy breezy

Thu, 16/08/2018 - 07:00

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