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Proton snow

Thu, 26/10/2017 - 10:15

Operations image of the week: ESA’s Gaia star surveyor unexpectedly detected ‘proton snow’ during a solar storm in September

Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon

Thu, 26/10/2017 - 09:17

A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon.

The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space.

“We are the Ferrari of timers with the components of a tractor,” says Nikolai Adamovitch of Eventech. 

Call from space

Thu, 26/10/2017 - 09:05

Watch live: ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli talks with His Holiness the Pope from the Space Station at 13:00 GMT (15:00 CEST) today

Rosetta finds comet plume powered from below

Thu, 26/10/2017 - 09:00

Last year, a fountain of dust was spotted streaming from Rosetta’s comet, prompting the question: how was it powered? Scientists now suggest the outburst was driven from inside the comet, perhaps released from ancient gas vents or pockets of hidden ice.

Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes

Wed, 25/10/2017 - 07:25

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been a harsh reminder of the grief and devastation brought by these vast storms. Imaging the top of hurricanes from space is nothing new, but the Sentinel-1 satellites can see right through these towering spinning weather systems, measuring the sea surface below to help predict the storm’s path.


Wed, 25/10/2017 - 07:00

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a space enthusiast, our ESAshop is now open!

Mobile upgrade

Tue, 24/10/2017 - 15:30

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli checking his hands-free aid

Galileo in place for launch: then there were four

Mon, 23/10/2017 - 14:20

Two more Galileo satellites have reached Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, joining the first pair of navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to haul the quartet to orbit this December.

Solar flash

Mon, 23/10/2017 - 10:10

Space Science Image of the Week: This colourful image captured during the summer’s total solar eclipse shows what the Sun is made of

Week in Images

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 12:05

Our week through the lens:
16-20 October 2017

Sagaing Division

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 08:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-1 radar vision during a period of severe flooding in Myanmar, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Mine craft for Mars

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 05:59

Roving on the Moon

Thu, 19/10/2017 - 15:55

Operations image of the week: Teams in Europe are driving a rover in Canada across a simulated Moonscape

Earth from Space

Thu, 19/10/2017 - 12:30

Join us Friday, 20 October, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

Galileo inside

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 15:10

Technology image of the week: Europe’s Galileo satnav system at work on smartphones

Speeding up cancer screening

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 06:30

Delivering breast cancer screening results in a day instead of today’s standard two weeks is being proposed by an ESA incubator start-up company using paperless technology and online image transfers. Screening vans are already on the streets.

Space2Health: the hackathon

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 15:44

What better way to show your love of science than entering a hackathon? Organised by the Merck science and technology company, alongside ESA, the Space2Health hackathon recently attracted a set of talented individuals who crunched numbers in a 24-hour event to find the best solution to one of the set challenges.

Testing for Mars

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 12:20

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Underground excavation

Watching Ophelia

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 09:20

Sentinel-3A took Ophelia’s temperature as the storm moved towards the British Isles

Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 09:00

An unprecedented catalogue of more than 21 000 images taken by a webcam on ESA’s Mars Express is proving its worth as a science instrument, providing a global survey of unusual high-altitude cloud features on the Red Planet.