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Earth from Space

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 12:59

Join us Friday, 6 October, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

Shooting star

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 12:22

Operations image of the week: A meteoroid burns up in the atmosphere as seen over Ermelo, the Netherlands

Colourful dunes on wind-swept Mars

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 10:00

Dunes are prominent indicators of prevailing winds, as can be seen on this crater floor on Mars, imaged by ESA’s Mars Express on 16 May.

Is it a bird?

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 16:05

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Is it a bird? Is it a Space Station? It is both …

Sentinel-5P sealed from view

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 13:30

As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia’s Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST).

Antenna test zone

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 12:45

Technology image of the week: ESA’s cavernous Hertz test chamber will be on show to the public during Sunday’s Open Day in the Netherlands


Wed, 04/10/2017 - 08:15

Celebrating 60 years of the Space Age

Sputnik – 60 years of the space age

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 16:14

Sixty years ago, the first ‘beep-beep’ signal from Sputnik was heard from the heavens on the night of 4 October 1957, marking the beginning of a new era for humankind.

Africa, classified

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 14:35

From the barren Sahara to lush jungles, the first high-resolution map classifying land cover types on the entire African continent has been released. The map was created using some 180 000 images from Sentinel-2A

Galileo pair arrives in French Guiana

Mon, 02/10/2017 - 14:03

Europe’s next two Galileo navigation satellites have touched down in Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana ahead of the launch of a quartet by Ariane 5 at the end of this year.

Rise of the planets

Mon, 02/10/2017 - 12:35

Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Moon rising as lightning strikes Earth in this video timelapse from ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli

Facing the Sun

Mon, 02/10/2017 - 08:25

Space Science Image of the Week: ESA’s Solar Orbiter will face the Sun from within the orbit of Mercury

Ariane 5’s fifth launch this year

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 23:44

Ariane 5 has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-37e and BSAT-4a, into their planned orbits.

Week in Images

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 14:45

Our week through the lens:
25-29 September 2017

Telemedicine via satellite improves care at astronaut landings

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 10:05

Tempus Pro, a portable vital-signs monitor offering telemedicine via satellite, is helping medics at ESA astronaut landings. Thomas Pesquet was the first to benefit at the end of his mission in May.

Nordenskiold Glacier

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the jagged islands along the west coast of Greenland in a Sentinel-2 false-colour image, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Paolo live from space

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 18:56

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli speaks at New Scientist Live from the International Space Station, Friday 29 September starting 12:40 GMT (14:40 CEST)

Unexpected surprise: a final image from Rosetta

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 14:00

Scientists analysing the final telemetry sent by Rosetta immediately before it shut down on the surface of the comet last year have reconstructed one last image of its touchdown site.

Earth from Space

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 13:25

Join us Friday, 29 September, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

Reality check

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 08:10

Operations image of the week: In future, engineers will command satellites and rovers with the wave of a hand, and astronauts will train on Earth to extinguish a fire in a Moon habitat