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ESA’s latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site

Thu, 23/11/2017 - 09:22

GomX-4B, ESA’s latest and largest technology-testing CubeSat, will be launched from China early next year, together with the near-identical GomX-4A. The pair will test intersatellite communication links and propulsion while orbiting up to 4500 km apart.

Forty years of Meteosat

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 14:09

ESA’s first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today.

Black hole friday

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 08:00

Use coupon code BLACKHOLE in the ESAshop checkout to benefit from Spreadshirt's 24–27 November special offer before it disappears

Rover sunset

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 15:15

Human spaceflight image of the week: Rover and drone form an alliance for space exploration

Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 15:05

Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Gadgets for Mars

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 13:26

A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. 

Integral orbits

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 08:30

Visualising 15 years in space for ESA’s Integral satellite

Week in Images

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
13-17 November 2017

Salar de Atacama

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2 takes us over part of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile

Earth from Space

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 09:05

In the 248th edition, discover Chile’s largest salt flat in the Atacama Desert

Fracture swarms on Mars

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:00

These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet’s crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity.

Autumn fireball

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:00

Operations image of the week: A meteoroid as big as a football was seen by thousands as it burned up in the atmosphere over Europe in the evening of 14 November 2017

Full house for EDRS

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 06:43

The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.

Crater shadows

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 14:25

Human Spaceflight image of the week: Astronauts, planetary scientists and engineers cast their shadows at the rim of a volcanic crater

Where no CubeSat ...

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 09:25

Technology image of the week: Where no CubeSat has gone before; ESA’s M–Argo has been designed to survey small asteroids in deep space

Ozone ups and downs

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 08:50

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances.

Art & Culture in space

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 14:25

You don’t have to be a scientist or an engineer to join our space adventure. Check out the creative ways you can be involved and inspired...

Flyby offer

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 13:05

Use coupon code COMET in the ESAshop checkout to land free standard shipping on your next purchase of ESA products. Spreadshirt's offer flies by 14–16 November

Astronaut meets volcano

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 13:00

An expedition of astronauts, planetary scientists and engineers is off to Spain’s Canary Island of Lanzarote to learn best how to explore uncharted planets. The training will equip space travellers with a geologist’s eye. 

Phobos photobomb

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 08:35

Space Science Image of the Week: Phobos, the Red Planet’s innermost moon, sneaks into Hubble’s image of Mars