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Where's my spacecraft?

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 16:25

Operations image of the week: How not to lose a deep-space explorer? ESA uses a 'stellar' navigation technique relying on one of the Universe's most powerful energy sources

Gaia clocks new speeds for Milky Way-Andromeda collision

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 15:00

ESA’s Gaia satellite has looked beyond our Galaxy and explored two nearby galaxies to reveal the stellar motions within them and how they will one day interact and collide with the Milky Way – with surprising results.

ESA’s Mars rover has a name – Rosalind Franklin

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 11:00

The ExoMars rover that will search for the building blocks of life on the Red Planet has a name: Rosalind Franklin. The prominent scientist behind the discovery of the structure of DNA will have her symbolic footprint on Mars in 2021.  

Science on a plane – ESA's next parabolic flight campaign

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 10:59

In May engineers, pilots, researchers and scientists will convene in Bordeaux, France, for ESA’s 71st parabolic flight campaign. Over the course of three days they will fly on a specially-fitted commercial aircraft, testing equipment and running research as the pilots put the plane through repeated parabolas, giving the passengers and their experiments brief bouts of microgravity.

Science key to taking the pulse of our planet

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 08:00

For some, the concept of ‘science’ may seem difficult or even boring, particularly if it was taught poorly at school. However, with all of us facing the consequences of a rapidly changing world, science is fundamental to implementing adaptation and mitigation strategies. Thanks to satellites delivering critical science, we are better placed than ever before to cope with the challenges ahead.

X-ray eye of Athena

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 16:00

Technology image of the week: this mirror module, consisting of dozens of silicon mirror plates, is one of hundreds that will allow ESA’s Athena to see deeper into the X-ray Universe

Business with ESA

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 10:45

ESA offers space and non-space-based companies, from start-ups to large system integrators, plenty of business opportunities, expert advice, training and access to funding. Find out more

Recreating space on Earth – two facilities join ESA’s platforms for spaceflight research

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 09:57

Science is everywhere but opportunities to carry out research in space can be limited. To combat this, ESA works with institutes across Europe to maintain a network of ground-based facilities that recreate aspects of spaceflight.

Jupiter Odyssey

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 08:35

Tour the Jovian system with the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer

Subject 1: Press to play

Tue, 05/02/2019 - 14:39

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Soyuz simulator in Antarctica takes science to the next level

Space science vision

Tue, 05/02/2019 - 10:32

How ESA’s space science programme tackles the big questions about our place in the Cosmos

Exoplanet imaginarium

Tue, 05/02/2019 - 08:15

Imagine the alien worlds ESA will investigate with its three generations of exoplanet missions

Delta dive

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 09:00

Space Science Image of the Week: Dive into a river delta on Mars – in 3D

Spotlight on Space Station science

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 08:39

Though all ESA astronauts are back on Earth, European science on the International Space Station is ongoing. Explore a few experiments underway right now in celebration of science at ESA.

ESA plans mission to smallest asteroid ever visited

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 07:16

ESA’s planet-defending Hera mission will set a new record in space. The asteroid investigator will not only be the first spacecraft to explore a binary asteroid system – the Didymos pair – but the smaller of these two worldlets, comparable in size to Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, will become the smallest asteroid ever visited.

Kite-blown Antarctic explorers make most southerly Galileo positioning fix

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 07:12

A kite-blown science expedition to the interior of Antarctica has made the most southerly positioning fixes yet made with Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system.

Week in images

Fri, 01/02/2019 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
28 January - 1 February 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 01/02/2019 - 09:05

This week's edition features a Copernicus Sentinel-1 image over eastern Iraq

Iraq flood

Fri, 01/02/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-1 takes us to one of the areas in Iraq that suffered flooding recently

Chance discovery

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 15:40

Hubble discovers a new galaxy in our cosmic backyard