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Holes in the Sun

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 16:30

Operations image of the week: ESA's Proba-2 mission detects 'holes' in the Sun's corona, which emit high-speed solar wind that can affect satellites orbiting Earth

Discussing a hot topic

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 16:15

This week marks the biggest annual event in the space weather calender — European Space Weather Week. Find out what space weather is, its hazards, and what ESA is doing about it, in the latest from ESA Web TV

Keeping watch

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:05

ESA's future Lagrange mission will keep watch our our dynamic Sun, providing early warning of potentially harmful solar activity before it affects satellites in orbit or power grids on ground

Point of impact

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 15:10

Technology image of the week: ESA’s technology-testing Proba-V minisatellite images the location of the impact that doomed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago

ESA’s gravity-mapper reveals relics of ancient continents under Antarctic ice

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:10

It was five years ago this month that ESA’s GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure – giving a new view of the remnants of lost continents hidden deep under the ice sheet of Antarctica.

Touch down: European module arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:53

After a 24-hour journey from Bremen, Germany with stops in Hamburg and Portsmouth, USA, the European Service Module landed yesterday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Europe’s third polar-orbiting weather satellite lofted into orbit

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:20

The third MetOp satellite, MetOp-C, has been launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to continue the provision of data for weather forecasting from polar orbit.

Astronaut's glory

Tue, 06/11/2018 - 16:33

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Optical phenomenon seen by ESA’s Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station

Watch MetOp-C launch

Tue, 06/11/2018 - 14:58

Follow the launch of the latest MetOp weather satellite from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Liftoff is set for 7 November at 00:47 GMT (01:47 CET). Streaming from Arianespace starts at 01:27 CET

What is space weather?

Tue, 06/11/2018 - 13:04

Our star dominates our Solar System, sending colossal amounts of energetic material in every direction, causing ever-changing ‘space weather’. Find out more in ESA's hot new infographic...

MetOp-C ready for big day

Mon, 05/11/2018 - 13:24

With liftoff set for 7 November, the latest MetOp weather satellite has been rolled out to the launch pad and positioned on the Soyuz rocket for its ride into space from French Guiana.

A call for the cold

Mon, 05/11/2018 - 12:51

As the Northern hemisphere starts to feel the cold winter approaching, research stations in Antarctica are emerging from their long dark winter and awaiting the arrival of fresh supplies after living months in isolation.

A truly unique experience, ESA is calling medical research doctors to spend a year on the ice conducting researching into how humans adapt to living in extreme environments – as a stand-in to spaceflight. Do you have what it takes?

Lights on Uranus

Mon, 05/11/2018 - 08:35

Space Science Image of the Week: Hubble's view of the most intense aurora ever seen on ice giant Uranus

ESA rocks space weather

Mon, 05/11/2018 - 06:00

This week, to coincide with the fifteenth annual European Space Weather Week, ESA is celebrating the dynamic phenomenon of space weather. 

Week in images

Fri, 02/11/2018 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
29 October - 2 November 2018

Earth from Space

Fri, 02/11/2018 - 09:05

In this edition, discover the port city of Semarang on the north coast of Java, Indonesia


Fri, 02/11/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the port city of Semarang in Indonesia

A home for the Flyeye

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:18

Operations image of the week: ESA’s plan to deploy a global network of asteroid-detecting telescopes gets closer to reality, as an agreement is signed with the Italian space agency to locate the first-ever Flyeye telescope in Sicily

Galactic ghosts: Gaia uncovers major event in the formation of the Milky Way

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 18:00

ESA’s Gaia mission has made a major breakthrough in unravelling the formation history of the Milky Way. 

Counting down to MetOp-C

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 15:30

Teams at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Germany have been training for months in preparation for next week’s launch of MetOp-C – the last in the current series of meteorological satellites that provide high-quality data for weather forecasting and climate monitoring from polar orbit.

As a collaborative undertaking between ESA and Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, ESA is responsible for building the satellites and placing them into orbit, and Eumetsat for operating them once in orbit, and processing and distributing the data.