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Coming of CryoSat

Wed, 27/09/2017 - 08:20

Technology image of the week: A new full-size model of ESA’s ice satellite arrives at the Space Expo visitor centre in the Netherlands

Earth from Space

Tue, 26/09/2017 - 16:00

Representatives from the Netherlands Space Office and Airbus Defence and Space join the programme to discuss Sentinel-5P’s unique Tropomi instrument and building the satellite to carry it

Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar

Tue, 26/09/2017 - 13:00

A long radar boom that will probe below the surface of Jupiter’s icy moons has been tested on Earth with the help of a helicopter.

Preparing to fly Sentinel-5P

Tue, 26/09/2017 - 12:15

The teams that will fly Sentinel-5P are training intensively for launch, ensuring that everyone knows their job and can react to any emergency.

IAC in Adelaide

Tue, 26/09/2017 - 11:05

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Australia’s Adelaide, host city of this year’s International Astronautical Congress, seen from space

Your personal running coach

Mon, 25/09/2017 - 15:35

A start-up company from ESA’s business incubator in Bavaria has developed a training app to help runners to exercise in a healthy way, and to reduce injuries from over-training.

Sentinel-5P satellite fuelled

Mon, 25/09/2017 - 12:20

Engineers have been at Russia’s Plesetsk launch site for a month now, ticking off the jobs on the ‘to do’ list so that the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is fit and ready for liftoff on 13 October. With the satellite now fuelled, the team has passed another milestone.

Ever-changing view

Mon, 25/09/2017 - 08:30

Highlighting Rosetta’s ever-changing view of the comet, a year since the mission concluded

Week in Images

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 14:05

Our week through the lens:
18-22 September 2017

Northwest England

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 image over part of northwest England, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Vitamin super-cocktail to combat 60 days of lying in bed

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 16:41

This week will see the second ESA bedrest study investigating a mix of antioxidants and vitamins that could help astronauts to combat the side effects of living in space.

Ten volunteers will lie in beds with the head end tilted down 6º for 60 days, keeping at least one shoulder on their bed at all times. Intense bedrest such as this is no fun: muscles and bones waste away, and the tilted beds makes blood and fluids move to the head – similar to the changes astronauts endure in space.

As all animals on Earth, humans have evolved to live in gravity so finding ways to stay healthy in weightlessness is important for further exploration of our Solar System. To test new exercise regimes, diets and understand what happens to astronauts, ESA conducts regular bedrest studies that simulate the effects of weightlessness on the human body.

Earth from Space

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 13:20

Join us Friday, 22 September, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

Thar be rovers

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 11:35

Operations image of the week: The webcam on Mars Express spots the craters where rovers have roved

Giant berg on the move

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 08:05

Until a few days ago, the huge chunk of ice that broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf in July has remained close, buffeting back and forth against the shelf. A68 is now on the move and drifting out to sea

First steps: returning humanity to the Moon

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 15:45

In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage.  

Flat land

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:40

Technology image of the week: Proba-V captures the world’s largest salt plain, so flat that it is used to check satellite instruments

Geological investigation

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 10:00

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Searching for clues in planetary geology

Earth from Space

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 13:00

Pepijn Veefkind from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute joins the Earth from Space video programme to discuss Sentinel-5P’s Tropomi instrument

Solar antics

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:51

The Sun’s recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power.

500 new European companies from space

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 15:46

Thousands of new jobs and boosted local economies are the direct results from ESA’s investment in young companies through its business incubators, which have now fostered more than 500 start-ups that adapt space technology and satellite services for use on Earth.