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Bricks from Moon dust

Mon, 20/08/2018 - 14:13

Lunar masonry starts on Earth. European researchers are working with Moon dust simulants that could one day allow astronauts to build habitats on our natural satellite and pave the way for human space exploration.

Galactic mesh

Mon, 20/08/2018 - 07:47

Space Science Image of the Week: The 3D distribution of the most massive stars in our Galactic neighbourhood, based on the latest data from ESA’s Gaia mission

Aeolus teams ready for space

Fri, 17/08/2018 - 20:05

The teams responsible for flying the Aeolus satellite completed a pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal’ at ESA’s ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt today, the last major step in getting ready for next Tuesday’s liftoff.

Week in images

Fri, 17/08/2018 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
13 - 17 August 2018

Listening out for Aeolus

Thu, 16/08/2018 - 11:15

Operations image of the week: The newest member of ESA's network of ground stations, a 4.5 m-diameter antenna in Australia, is primed and ready to hear Aeolus' first words

Commanding from space

Thu, 16/08/2018 - 08:30

Technology image of the week: This Friday, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will be commanding this humanoid robot from orbit, and you can watch the test live

Easy breezy

Thu, 16/08/2018 - 08:00

Free shipping makes shopping a breeze - enjoy your special offer at ESAshop until 20 August

Farther, together

Tue, 14/08/2018 - 15:55

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: The International Space Station launches CubeSats into orbit

Aeolus in launch tower

Tue, 14/08/2018 - 15:31

ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite is poised for liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This latest Earth Explorer satellite has been at the launch site since early July being readied for its ride into space on 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST).

Double eclipse

Mon, 13/08/2018 - 10:50

Space Science Image of the Week: The Proba-2 satellite saw two partial solar eclipses on Saturday

#MoreSpaceForBusiness

Mon, 13/08/2018 - 08:30

If you have ideas for new space transportation services, turn them into reality with feedback from ESA experts. Closing date for proposals 14 September

#MoreSpaceForBusiness

Mon, 13/08/2018 - 08:30

If you have ideas for new space transportation services, turn them into reality with feedback from ESA experts. Closing date for proposals 14 September

Week in images

Fri, 10/08/2018 - 13:49

Our week through the lens:
6 - 10 August 2018

Students digging into data archive spot mysterious X-ray source

Fri, 10/08/2018 - 09:00

An enigmatic X-ray source revealed as part of a data-mining project for high-school students shows unexplored avenues hidden in the vast archive of ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory.

A cautionary tail

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 16:10

Operations image of the week: comet Swift–Tuttle leaves in its wake a trail of cometary debris — the cause of the annual Perseids meteor showers and a reminder of Earth's vulnerable position in space

Aeolus sealed from view

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 08:50

As preparations for the launch of ESA’s latest Earth Explorer continue on track, the team at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana has bid farewell to the Aeolus satellite as it was sealed from view in its Vega rocket fairing. Liftoff is set for 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST).

Visit Europe's Space Coast

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:10

Technology image of the week: a rare dune-side aerial view of ESA’s ESTEC technical centre on the Dutch coast, the location of ESA’s annual Open Day on Sunday 7 October.

Fluid science revamp

Tue, 07/08/2018 - 16:43

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: the Fluid Science Laboratory on the Space Station gets upgraded

Dusty deities

Mon, 06/08/2018 - 08:40

Space Science Image of the Week: Rosetta spent two years mapping the dusty, uneven surface of its celestial target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Recipe for a spacewalk

Mon, 06/08/2018 - 07:30

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen may be stationed on the ground, but his expertise was vital to the recent spacewalk of two NASA astronauts, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold. From maintaining constant radio contact on the day, to simulating activities underwater and planning for emergencies months in advance, he shares what it takes to make a spacewalk run smoothly as Europe’s second ever ground support in radio contact for a spacewalk.