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Eastern US

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-3 takes us over eastern US

Open Day takes flight

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 15:10

Technology image of the week: this 6-m wingspan unmanned aircraft is on show at ESA’s Open Day on Sunday, suspended inside the Hertz radio test chamber

50 years of ESA in Italy

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 14:25

A look back on the celebration of 50 years of ESRIN,
ESA’s establishment in Italy

Construction of Europe's exoplanet hunter Plato begins

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 09:00

The construction of ESA's Plato mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany’s OHB System AG as prime contractor, marking the start of the full industrial phase of the project.

Explore the Moon and Earth’s climate with two new ESA school projects!

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 08:45

In the beginning of the World Space Week, ESA is proud to present two new school challenges: Climate Detectives and Moon Camp.

Live from IAC 2018

Wed, 03/10/2018 - 10:50

Watch a call with Alexander Gerst on the Space Station, live from the IAC public day. Starts 13:30 CEST.


Tue, 02/10/2018 - 16:00

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA-sponsored medical doctor Carmen Possnig at Concordia research station in Antarctica

Gaia spots stars flying between galaxies

Tue, 02/10/2018 - 10:00

A team of astronomers using the latest set of data from ESA’s Gaia mission to look for high-velocity stars being kicked out of the Milky Way were surprised to find stars instead sprinting inwards – perhaps from another galaxy.

ESA at IAC 2018

Mon, 01/10/2018 - 09:51

ESA at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, 1-5 October 2018.

Comet landscape

Mon, 01/10/2018 - 09:40

Space Science Image of the Week: An evocative image of Rosetta’s comet to recall the end of its trailblazing mission two years ago

Reflecting on Europe’s commanding role in space

Mon, 01/10/2018 - 08:00

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will take over the role of International Space Station commander from NASA astronaut Drew Feustel on 3 October. This marks the start of Expedition 57 and second half of Alexander’s Horizons mission.  

With both Alexander and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano set to command the International Space Station within the next 12 months, ESA astronaut Frank De Winne shares what it was like to be the first European in command.

Week in images

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 12:30

Our week through the lens:
24 - 28 September 2018

See the future at ESA’s IAC Start-up Space Zone

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 10:41

From Lego-style satellites that plug together to robot avatars for lunar exploration, satellite maps for Arctic navigation to a DNA-analysing 'tricorder': next week 24 of planet Earth's top start-ups will showcase their cutting-edge ideas for space and beyond at the International Astronautical Congress in Germany.

Earth from Space

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 09:05

In this week's edition, Sentinel-1 takes us over central Italy

Central Italy

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: in this false-colour image, Sentinel-1 captures the diversity and beauty of central Italy


Fri, 28/09/2018 - 08:08

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano reflects on his International Space Station mission name and logo

Less is more

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 16:00

Give your T-shirt collection a boost with 15% off all ESA T-shirts, from 26-30 September at the ESAshop

River discharge

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 15:00

As the Radar Altimetry Symposium continues in the Azores, Angelica Tarpanelli joins ESA web TV to explain how river discharge affects our oceans and how this is measured

A shadowy selfie

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 11:10

Operations image of the week: 280 million km from Earth, a tiny spacecraft captures evidence of itself closing in on an ancient rocky body

Luca Parmitano goes Beyond

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 09:19

Today ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano announced the name of his second mission and logo during an event at ESA’s ESRIN establishment in Italy. Luca will be going ‘Beyond’ when he returns to the International Space Station in 2019 as part of Expedition 60/61, alongside Andrew Morgan of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos.