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Year in images

Fri, 22/12/2017 - 14:00

Our year through the lens:
a selection of our favourite images for 2017

Ready for launch

Fri, 22/12/2017 - 11:10

ESA mission control declares GO for a special launch on 24 December

Reindeer Island

Fri, 22/12/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2 takes us over part of Lake Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba

Earth from space

Fri, 22/12/2017 - 09:05

In the 253rd edition, discover Canada’s Reindeer Island – where we believe Santa Claus stops for a rest during his busy night before Christmas

Our year in space

Thu, 21/12/2017 - 14:53

A look back at the highlights of 2017 for Europe in Space

ESA’s next satellite propelled by butane

Thu, 21/12/2017 - 09:58

ESA’s next miniature satellite will be its first able to change orbit. Thanks to a compact thruster resembling a butane cigarette lighter, the cereal box-sized satellite will fly around its near-twin to test their radio communications.

Four years of Gaia

Wed, 20/12/2017 - 15:21

Operations image of the week: ESA’s galaxy surveyor Gaia was launched four years ago this week

Icescape from orbit

Wed, 20/12/2017 - 09:53

Technology image of the week: One of Russia’s largest lakes seen icebound by ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite

Plastic fir-tree forest

Tue, 19/12/2017 - 15:30

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Star rain crystallisation in metals

Festive garlands

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 08:30

Space Science Image of the Week: This colourful streamer represents the motion of our Gaia satellite as it scans the sky

Week In Images

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 13:45

Our week through the lens:
11-15 December 2017

Planting oxygen

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 13:30

When resources are limited, you have to work with what you have – especially in the harsh environment of space. Though the International Space Station is regularly restocked by cargo vessels, like today’s Dragon, self-sufficient spaceflight in the future will require us to recycle and reuse precious resources like oxygen. An experiment on its way to space will look into doing just that. 

Tracking aerosols

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 13:02

The Sentinel-5P satellite sees aerosols from southern California’s fires

Orange County

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-1 radar vision over the US state of California

Earth from Space

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 09:05

The Sentinel-1 radar satellite mission takes us over California's Orange County and surrounding areas in the 252nd edition

Return to Earth

Thu, 14/12/2017 - 14:32

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth after 139 days in space

Mars upside down

Thu, 14/12/2017 - 10:00

Which way is up in space? Planets are usually shown with the north pole at the top and the south pole at the bottom. In this remarkable image taken by ESA’s Mars Express, the Red Planet is seen with north at the bottom, and the equator at the top.

Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth

Thu, 14/12/2017 - 04:16

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli landed back on Earth early this morning after 139 days in space. The ride home from the International Space Station required braking from 28 800 km/h to a standstill in barely three hours. 

A timelapse a day ...

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 14:06

Timelapses taken by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli from the International Space Station

Galileo liftoff replay

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 10:35

Rewatch the liftoff of Galileo satellites 19–22 by Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 12 December