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Luna facility brings Moon to Earth

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 09:07

A facility planned for ESA’s Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, will recreate the Moon’s surface on Earth. ESA project manager for strategic planning and future development Andreas Diekmann shares how the three-part lunar analogue facility, known as Luna, will help Europe go farther in space.

European Space Talks: we need more space!

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 13:10

Space concerns everyone. It contributes to our lives on a daily basis and can help to solve some of humankind’s greatest challenges. Find out more, and how space affects you, with European Space Talks…

BepiColombo launch live

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 12:40

Watch live launch coverage from 01:15 GMT on 20 October. Launch is scheduled for 01:45 GMT and acquisition of signal is expected around 02:25 GMT

BepiColombo launch live

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 12:40

Watch live launch coverage from 01:15 GMT on 20 October. Launch is scheduled for 01:45 GMT and acquisition of signal is expected around 02:25 GMT

Selfie-cam, go!

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 08:40

Space Science Image of the Week: a monitoring camera on the BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module takes a test image during pre-launch preparations

Mercury mission

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 14:40

With BepiColombo preparing launch to Mercury, ESAshop will ship your favourite merchandise entirely free with the code OFF2MERCURY from 12-16 October.

To the launch pad!

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 14:00

Find out how our three new space explorers, Bepi, Mio and MTM, have been preparing for their epic adventure to Mercury

Week in images

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 13:19

Our week through the lens:
8 - 12 October 2018

Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 09:50

The international BepiColombo spacecraft will soon take flight, on a complex journey to the innermost planet of the Solar System, Mercury. Encompassing nine planetary flybys and travelling a total distance of nine billion km over a period of seven years, this will be one of the most intricate journeys ever flown by mission teams at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre.

Earth from Space

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 08:05

In this edition, Sentinel-2 takes us over the youngest country in the world: South Sudan

South Sudan

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 08:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Sentinel-2B satellite takes us over South Sudan

Argentina ascends

Thu, 11/10/2018 - 14:45

Operations image of the week: the spectacular launch of Argentina’s Earth observation satellite, with a little help from ESA, shows how collaboration is of growing importance to the success of space missions

Trip to Mars

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:55

Technology image of the week: ESA Open Day visitors at the Agency’s ‘Mars Yard’, to view a replica of Europe’s ExoMars 2020 rover

Oil spill spread

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:22

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission returns images showing how oil is spreading in the Mediterranean Sea following a collision between two ships

Life support

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 15:42

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Alexander Gerst installing ESA's next-generation life-support system on the Space Station

Joining forces

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 12:50

Replay the livestream of the Global Space Economic Forum on 10 October at ESA's Technology centre in the Netherlands when space and industry experts met to discuss global challenges and potential partnerships

Final assembly

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 12:35

BepiColombo experts describe the mission to Mercury as the three spacecraft modules are assembled in launch configuration

Open Day in pictures

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 12:25

A look back in pictures at our ESA Open Day on 7 October 2018 – when 7 500 visitors gathered at our ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands

Mediterranean slick

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 16:00

Copernicus Sentinel-1 has imaged the oil spill in the Mediterranean following a collision between two merchant ships on Sunday 7 October

INTO ORBIT℠ with 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League competition

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 08:27

How can I walk my dog on the Moon? What happens if I sneeze in space? Just some of the questions that more than 500 000 children around the world will be asking and attempting to answer over the next months, as part of this year’s FIRST LEGO League competition, a global STEM program with an annual theme that inspires and challenges young engineers and scientists.

In Europe, ESA has teamed up with LEGO Education to provide inspiration, examples and expertise to the teams of children aged 6 to 16 who are competing for a place in the World Finals in Houston and Detroit, USA. To give an additional incentive, on 1 August, ESA astronaut and Space Station commander Alexander Gerst sent a message from orbit, together with a very helpful LEGO colleague!