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Star-forming filaments

Mon, 26/03/2018 - 08:35

Space Science Image of the Week: Herschel views chaotic web of gas filaments peppered with bright star-forming hotspots in the Galactic plane

Week In Images

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 15:10

Our week through the lens:
19-23 March 2018

Sentinel-3B launch preparations in full swing

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 14:18

With the Sentinel-3B satellite now at the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and liftoff set for 25 April, engineers are steaming ahead with the task of getting Europe’s next Copernicus satellite ready for its journey into orbit.

Netherlands ice

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 view of rare ice in the Netherlands

Earth from space

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 10:05

Sentinel-2 treats us to a view of rare ice in the Netherlands in this week's edition

Automated sea vehicles for monitoring the oceans

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 15:48

A new company from ESA’s UK business incubator has developed an autonomous boat that is propelled by the waves and carries ocean sensors powered by solar energy.

Safeguarding our most precious resource: water

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 14:50

According to this year’s Global Risk Report by the World Economic Forum, water crises are one of the five biggest risks to society. ESA is working with development banks to help water-resource authorities use information from satellites to manage this precious resource.

Giving up forests

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 16:40

Marking the International Day of Forests, this Sentinel-2 image shows an area of Bolivia that was once covered by trees but is now dominated by agriculture


Wed, 21/03/2018 - 11:10

Technology image of the week: this scorched, twisted panel helps to understand how reentering satellites break apart as they fall to Earth

Join us for #Sentinel3 launch

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 11:00

Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution by applying to join experts at one of two Sentinel-3B launch #SocialSpace activities on 25 April.

Earth’s atmosphere: new results from the International Space Station

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 16:25

With ESA’s help, the latest atmosphere monitor on the International Space Station is delivering results on our planet’s ozone, aerosol and nitrogen trioxide levels. Installed last year on the orbital outpost, NASA’s sensor tracks the Sun and Moon to probe the constituents of our atmosphere.

Reach for the stars

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 15:45

Human spaceflight and exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst begins preflight science measurements.

ESA's next science mission to focus on nature of exoplanets

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 15:35

The nature of planets orbiting stars in other systems will be the focus for ESA’s fourth medium-class science mission, to be launched in mid 2028.

Sentinels helping to map minerals

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 12:59

The traditional way of mapping Earth’s geology and mineral resources is a costly and time-consuming undertaking. While satellites cannot entirely replace the expert in the field, they can certainly help – as a recent effort in Africa shows.

ESA investigating detection of floating plastic litter from orbit

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 10:49

The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigantic scale of the problem.

Ultraviolet crab

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 09:05

Space Science Image of the Week: The Crab Nebula in ultraviolet light, as seen by ESA's XMM-Newton telescope

Week In Images

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 15:10

Our week through the lens:
12-16 March 2018

Getting to know Steve

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 11:00

Steve – a strange shimmering ribbon of purple light in the night sky – was discovered in 2016, but now, thanks to ESA’s Swarm mission, more is known about this weird feature of the aurora.


Fri, 16/03/2018 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2A takes us over Japan’s capital, the world’s largest megacity

Earth from Space

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 10:05

In this edition, discover the Japanese capital of Tokyo with Sentinel-2