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Birthday treat

Thu, 25/10/2018 - 07:14

Head to the ESAshop and join our birthday celebration

Exoplanet surveyor

Wed, 24/10/2018 - 14:15

Technology image of the week: ESA’s exoplanet-characterising Cheops undergoing testing in the Maxwell chamber, which recreates the infinite void of space

Copernicus Sentinel-5P reveals new nasties

Wed, 24/10/2018 - 09:40

With air quality a serious environmental health problem, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is tasked with mapping air pollutants around the entire globe every day. This new mission has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July and now other polluting nasties such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have joined the list of data products available to monitor the air we breathe.

On the way to Space19+

Wed, 24/10/2018 - 09:40

Watch the replay of the press conference following an Intermediate Ministerial Meeting in Spain

Ready, set, ship!

Tue, 23/10/2018 - 12:40

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: The European Service Module of the Orion spacecraft is ready for shipment to the US

BepiColombo's beginning ends

Mon, 22/10/2018 - 11:40

A stunning early morning launch lifted the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft into space on Saturday, 20 October. This marked the start of intensive, round-the-clock flight control activities to ensure the mission’s health and functioning in the harsh environment of space.

Space selfies

Mon, 22/10/2018 - 09:55

Space Science Image of the Week: BepiColombo’s solar arrays and antennas are captured in the spacecraft’s first images from space

Zooming in on Mexico’s landscape

Mon, 22/10/2018 - 08:00

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency and other Mexican scientific public entities, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the different types of vegetation growing across the entire country.

Space selfie

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 18:46

BepiColombo takes a snapshot of one of its deployed solar wings

BepiColombo highlights

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 10:10

From spacecraft preparations through to liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport, watch highlights of the BepiColombo launch

Launch replay

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 02:55

Watch BepiColombo lift off into space, with launch build-up and commentary from mission experts

BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 02:36

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet.

Liftoff replay

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 02:05

Watch BepiColombo launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket


Sat, 20/10/2018 - 01:50

BepiColombo lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket at 01:45 GMT

Final countdown

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 15:45

BepiColombo at the launch pad ahead of its scheduled liftoff to Mercury at 01:45 GMT on Saturday

Minerals of the world, unite!

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 12:37

Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it all tell you: there is more to it than meets the eye. Tool in hand, you analyse how light scatters through it. Seconds later you read the following description on the screen:

Ready for countdown

Thu, 18/10/2018 - 15:20

Operations image of the week: After years of planning and countless hours of simulations, teams at ESA’s mission control are ready to take flight on the long and complex journey to Mercury

Mission control ready for Mercury

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 15:30

Teams responsible for flying the bold BepiColombo mission to Mercury today completed the last major step in preparation for Saturday’s liftoff — the final pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal’ at ESA’s ESOC control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

3D printing, up, up & away

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:00

Technology image of the week: ESA’s award-winning aerospace-quality-plastic 3D printer, designed for use in weightless space

Installing life support the hands-free way

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 09:31

Last week saw the installation of ESA’s next-generation life-support system on the International Space Station. The new facility recycles carbon dioxide in the air into water that can then be converted into oxygen reducing supplies sent from Earth by half.