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Week in images

Fri, 26/07/2019 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
22 - 26 July 2019

Satellite-connected tags set to boost marine conservation

Fri, 26/07/2019 - 09:31

Four tiger sharks have been tagged with a new device that will help conservationists to conduct detailed analysis of their migrations over years.

The device, developed in collaboration with ESA, uses the Argos satellite telemetry system but is smaller and more durable than existing Argos tags, as well as being cheaper and more animal friendly.

Earth from Space

Fri, 26/07/2019 - 09:05

This week's edition features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image over Lake Balaton in Hungary

Lake Balaton

Fri, 26/07/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Lake Balaton in western Hungary

Too hot to handle

Thu, 25/07/2019 - 15:30

Europe is facing another extreme heatwave, with many countries reaching record-breaking temperatures

Europe prepares for Mars courier

Thu, 25/07/2019 - 13:33

The first round-trip to the Red Planet will see a European orbiter bringing martian samples back to Earth. ESA is opening the door to industry to build the spacecraft that will deliver the precious rocks, dust and gas from Mars – the key to understanding whether life ever existed on our closest planetary neighbour.

Speaking to spacecraft

Thu, 25/07/2019 - 12:00

Operations image of the week: This giant dish in Australia spends its time in in-depth conversation with a number of European deep space missions, bringing their discoveries down to Earth

Astronomers spy Europa blocking distant star – thanks to Gaia

Thu, 25/07/2019 - 09:00

On 31 March 2017, Jupiter’s moon Europa passed in front of a background star – a rare event that was captured for the first time by ground-based telescopes thanks to data provided by ESA’s Gaia spacecraft.

From black to green

Wed, 24/07/2019 - 17:05

Technology image of the week: Proba-V shows the rapid recovery of Argentinian grasslands from wildfire burn scars

Second laser boosts Aeolus power

Tue, 23/07/2019 - 13:40

ESA’s Aeolus satellite, which carries the world’s first space Doppler wind lidar, has been delivering high-quality global measurements of Earth’s wind since it was launched almost a year ago. However, part of the instrument, the laser transmitter, has been slowly losing energy. As a result, ESA decided to switch over to the instrument’s second laser – and the mission is now back on top form.

50 years beyond

Tue, 23/07/2019 - 11:20

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Liftoff of Soyuz MS-13 carrying ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano to the International Space Station

Space-enabled app for pilots takes to the skies

Tue, 23/07/2019 - 10:17

An app that integrates navigational data and weather conditions to improve flight safety for pilots has been launched. Its inventors hope to have a full commercial version on sale by the end of the year.

ExoMars radio science instrument readied for Red Planet

Mon, 22/07/2019 - 14:36

An ambitious instrument for ESA’s ExoMars 2020 mission has passed its testing in conditions resembling those on the Red Planet. It will now be transported to Russia for its acceptance review, followed by integration onto the Kazachok Surface Platform, scheduled for launch this time next year.

Best bits of Beyond

Mon, 22/07/2019 - 14:35

Watch the highlights of Luca Parmitano's launch and docking to the International Space Station.

10 million star puzzle

Mon, 22/07/2019 - 09:15

Space Science Image of the Week: Omega Centauri, a unique star cluster, rises high in Chilean skies for ground-based observers

Luca Parmitano returns to the International Space Station

Sun, 21/07/2019 - 02:05

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has arrived at the International Space Station following a six-hour journey alongside crewmates NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov in the Russian Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft. Their arrival marks the start of Expedition 60 and Luca's second mission to the Space Station, known as 'Beyond'.

Beyond launch full replay

Sat, 20/07/2019 - 18:05

Watch the full replay of Luca Parmitano being launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in a Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft.

We have liftoff

Sat, 20/07/2019 - 17:40

Watch the replay of ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano's liftoff from Baikonur cosmodrome in the Soyuz MS-13. Next stop: Space Station.

Europeans in Apollo: First flag on the Moon?

Fri, 19/07/2019 - 14:16

The flag-like Solar Wind Composition Experiment was the first experiment set up by the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lunar surface, and its Principal Investigator was Johannes Geiss, the world-leading Swiss physicist.

Week in images

Fri, 19/07/2019 - 14:12

Our week through the lens:
15 - 19 July 2019