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Welcome home

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 14:46

Highlights from ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's return to Earth at the end of his six-month Proxima mission to the International Space Station on 2 June 2017.

Thomas Pesquet returns to Earth

Fri, 02/06/2017 - 13:48

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed on the steppe of Kazakhstan today with Russian commander Oleg Novitsky in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft after six months in space. Touchdown was at 14:10 GMT after a four-hour flight from the International Space Station.

Week In Images

Fri, 02/06/2017 - 13:00

Our week through the lens:
29 May - 2 June 2017

Great Barrier Reef

Fri, 02/06/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: part of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s northeast coast is pictured in this Sentinel-2 image

Ariane 5 launches its heaviest telecom payload

Fri, 02/06/2017 - 01:27

The Ariane 5 rocket, operated by Arianespace, has carried its heaviest telecommunications payload ever to deliver the ViaSat-2 and Eutelsat-172B satellites into their planned orbits. 

The heat is on for Sentinel-3B

Thu, 01/06/2017 - 15:34

While the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite is in orbit delivering a wealth of information about our home planet, engineers are putting its twin, Sentinel-3B, through a series of vigorous tests before it is shipped to the launch site next year.

Space for Life

Thu, 01/06/2017 - 14:10

'Life everywhere' is the theme of Ecsite 2017, 13-17 June, Porto, Portugal

Dressing up

Wed, 31/05/2017 - 17:36

Operations image of the week: ESA's satellite control centre dresses up for its 50th anniversary.

Watch return to Earth

Wed, 31/05/2017 - 13:05

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian commander Oleg Novitsky are coming home after six months in space on Friday – watch live

Sci-fi meets sci-fact

Mon, 29/05/2017 - 13:05

Space Science Image of the Week: Find out what this stormtrooper has to do with space science at ESA, and what we’re doing at a sci-fi convention this weekend

New Horizons for Alexander Gerst

Mon, 29/05/2017 - 09:21

New eyes

Sun, 28/05/2017 - 18:57

Thomas Pesquet reflects on living in space for six months and voyages of discovery and exploration

Week In Images

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
22-26 May 2017

Russian wildfires

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: wildfires in the boreal forests of eastern Russia, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 13:00

Join us Friday, 26 May, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

Schiaparelli landing investigation completed

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 14:00

The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely.

Mirror, mirror

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:51

Technology image of the week: a lightweight, silicon carbide mirror for space, under thermal vacuum–testing

Sentinel-2 captures coral bleaching of Great Barrier Reef

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:30

Scientists observed the bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef early this year using satellite images. While capturing these events from space has been difficult in the past, Sentinel-2’s frequent revisits and its resolution makes it possible.

Dedicated control

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:20

Operations image of the week: In 1983, teams at ESA’s operations centre concentrated on flying Exosat, Europe’s first X-ray observatory satellite and one of the first with an on board computer

Launching the drone

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 13:46

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano exploring places no human could go with robotic drone