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Living Planet live

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:00

As thousands of scientists gather in Italy for the biggest Earth observation conference in the world, follow the opening session live. Streaming starts on 13 May at 07:00 GMT (09:00 CEST)

Need more space?

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:52

Our new ESA Space Shop is now live with an extended range of merchandise and exciting new designs

Time to go Beyond

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:50

Find out more about Luca's Beyond mission – download the new brochure

Anchor antenna

Wed, 08/05/2019 - 10:05

Technology image of the week: This compact radio antenna is designed to help position the two Proba-3 satellites together for formation flying, to form an artificial solar eclipse in space

Exobiology in a box

Tue, 07/05/2019 - 14:37

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: New experiment on the International Space Station paves the way for exobiology research

Recognising sustainable behaviour

Mon, 06/05/2019 - 11:59

Solving the growing problem of space debris will require everyone who flies rockets and satellites to adhere to sustainable practices, which doesn’t always happen. Now there will be a way to recognise those who do.

Adding satnav to turn power grids into smart systems

Mon, 06/05/2019 - 09:00

An ESA-backed project is harnessing satnav to insert an intelligent sense of place and time to power grids, to provide early warning of potentially dangerous electricity network failures.

Storm in a cosmic teacup

Mon, 06/05/2019 - 07:48

Space Science Image of the Week: XMM-Newton shows storm still going strong in Teacup quasar

Stop ageing in space

Sat, 04/05/2019 - 07:50

Wrinkles, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a clumsy brain are all natural consequences of getting old. As our cells rust over time, a key to fighting chronic disease may be in tiny, smartly designed particles that have the potential to become an anti-ageing supplement. A European experiment seeking innovative antioxidants is on its way to space.

Week in images

Fri, 03/05/2019 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
30 April - 3 May 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 03/05/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, explore the Ries crater in southern Germany with Copernicus Sentinel-2

Ries crater

Fri, 03/05/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over southern Germany, where an asteroid impact formed what is now known as the Ries crater

India braces for Fani

Thu, 02/05/2019 - 16:35

India braces as Tropical Cyclone Fani approaches the country’s east coast

Hera’s APEX CubeSat will reveal the stuff that asteroids are made of

Thu, 02/05/2019 - 14:19

From Earth asteroids appear as little more than dots in the sky. Europe’s miniature APEX spacecraft will operate as a mineral prospector in deep space, surveying the make-up of its target asteroids down to individual boulders, helping prepare the way for future mining missions.

Observing Gaia from Earth to improve its star maps

Thu, 02/05/2019 - 14:00

While ESA’s Gaia mission has been surveying more than one billion stars from space, astronomers have been regularly monitoring the satellite’s position in the sky with telescopes across the world, including the European Southern Observatory in Chile, to further refine Gaia’s orbit and ultimately improve the accuracy of its stellar census.

Eye on the sky

Wed, 01/05/2019 - 13:10

Technology image of the week: This small fisheye camera atop ESA’s technical heart keeps a constant watch out for incoming fireballs

Hera’s CubeSat to perform first radar probe of an asteroid

Wed, 01/05/2019 - 11:22

Small enough to be an aircraft carry-on, the Juventas spacecraft nevertheless has big mission goals. Once in orbit around its target body, Juventas will unfurl an antenna larger than itself, to perform the very first subsurface radar survey of an asteroid.

Swarm helps explain Earth’s magnetic jerks

Wed, 01/05/2019 - 11:18

Our protective magnetic field is always restless, but every now and then something weird happens – it jerks. Although scientists have known about these rapid shifts for some 40 years, the reason why they occur has remained a frustrating mystery, until now.

Smart particles

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 17:15

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Undercover agents mimic the behaviour of molecules

Now what?

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 12:45

Some day in the future, an asteroid might be detected heading toward our home planet. What on Earth happens next? Our new infographic highlights the international response process