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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

In the Dragon's den

Tue, 27/03/2018 - 13:30

Human Spaceflight and exploration image of the week: Atmosphere monitor awaits launch to the International Space Station inside a Dragon supply vehicle

A space window to electrifying science

Mon, 26/03/2018 - 13:51

Lightning triggers powerful electrical bursts in Earth’s atmosphere almost every second. The inner workings of these magnificent forces of nature are still unknown, but a rare observation by an ESA astronaut gave a boost to the science community. A European detector will take on the challenge of hunting for thunderstorms from space next week.

Star-forming filaments

Mon, 26/03/2018 - 08:35

Space Science Image of the Week: Herschel views chaotic web of gas filaments peppered with bright star-forming hotspots in the Galactic plane

Week In Images

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 15:10

Our week through the lens:
19-23 March 2018

Sentinel-3B launch preparations in full swing

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 14:18

With the Sentinel-3B satellite now at the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and liftoff set for 25 April, engineers are steaming ahead with the task of getting Europe’s next Copernicus satellite ready for its journey into orbit.

Netherlands ice

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 view of rare ice in the Netherlands

Earth from space

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 10:05

Sentinel-2 treats us to a view of rare ice in the Netherlands in this week's edition

Automated sea vehicles for monitoring the oceans

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 15:48

A new company from ESA’s UK business incubator has developed an autonomous boat that is propelled by the waves and carries ocean sensors powered by solar energy.

Safeguarding our most precious resource: water

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 14:50

According to this year’s Global Risk Report by the World Economic Forum, water crises are one of the five biggest risks to society. ESA is working with development banks to help water-resource authorities use information from satellites to manage this precious resource.

Giving up forests

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 16:40

Marking the International Day of Forests, this Sentinel-2 image shows an area of Bolivia that was once covered by trees but is now dominated by agriculture


Wed, 21/03/2018 - 11:10

Technology image of the week: this scorched, twisted panel helps to understand how reentering satellites break apart as they fall to Earth

Join us for #Sentinel3 launch

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 11:00

Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution by applying to join experts at one of two Sentinel-3B launch #SocialSpace activities on 25 April.

Earth’s atmosphere: new results from the International Space Station

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 16:25

With ESA’s help, the latest atmosphere monitor on the International Space Station is delivering results on our planet’s ozone, aerosol and nitrogen trioxide levels. Installed last year on the orbital outpost, NASA’s sensor tracks the Sun and Moon to probe the constituents of our atmosphere.

Reach for the stars

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 15:45

Human spaceflight and exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst begins preflight science measurements.