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Fri, 28/09/2018 - 07:08

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano reflects on his International Space Station mission name and logo

Less is more

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 15:00

Give your T-shirt collection a boost with 15% off all ESA T-shirts, from 26-30 September at the ESAshop

River discharge

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 14:00

As the Radar Altimetry Symposium continues in the Azores, Angelica Tarpanelli joins ESA web TV to explain how river discharge affects our oceans and how this is measured

A shadowy selfie

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 10:10

Operations image of the week: 280 million km from Earth, a tiny spacecraft captures evidence of itself closing in on an ancient rocky body

Luca Parmitano goes Beyond

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 08:19

Today ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano announced the name of his second mission and logo during an event at ESA’s ESRIN establishment in Italy. Luca will be going ‘Beyond’ when he returns to the International Space Station in 2019 as part of Expedition 60/61, alongside Andrew Morgan of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos.  

Altimetry explained

Wed, 26/09/2018 - 15:00

With the Radar Altimetry Symposium underway in the Azores, Marcello Passaro joins ESA web TV to explain how satellite altimeters measure the height of the sea surface

Sound for space

Wed, 26/09/2018 - 10:15

Technology image of the week: ESA’s exoplanet-surveying Cheops satellite in advance of acoustic testing, simulating the extreme noise of its Soyuz launcher taking off

ESA technology making LA Metro a safer ride

Wed, 26/09/2018 - 07:35

Thousands of daily passengers on the Los Angeles Metro will ride more securely with the deployment of cutting-edge ESA-patented screening technology to detect concealed weapons or explosives.

100th launch special

Wed, 26/09/2018 - 07:02

A limited number of T-shirts to celebrate the 100 successes - catch a glimpse before they go

Ten years catching rocket signals

Wed, 26/09/2018 - 06:56

As ESA celebrates the 100th launch of Ariane 5, the Agency’s worldwide ground station network is also marking ten years of providing vital tracking services to launchers soaring out of Kourou.

Ariane 5 – 100 and counting!

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 23:22

An Ariane 5, on its milestone 100th launch, has delivered the Horizons-3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 telecom satellites into their planned orbits.

Gaia finds candidates for interstellar ‘Oumuamua’s home

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 17:00

Using data from ESA’s Gaia stellar surveyor, astronomers have identified four stars that are possible places of origin of ‘Oumuamua, an interstellar object spotted during a brief visit to our Solar System in 2017.

Ready for service

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 15:00

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Integration of the European Service Module that will power Orion spacecraft complete

Spotlight on sea-level rise

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 13:42

Scientists are gathering in the Azores this week to share findings on how satellite has revealed changes in the height of the sea, ice, inland bodies of water and more. Of concern to all is the fact that global sea level has not only been rising steadily over the last 25 years, but recently it is rising at a much faster rate.

Satellites safeguard Europe’s potato industry

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 10:15

The drought that swept through Europe this year has hit European farmers hard. Sustained high temperatures and the lack of rain have badly affected the agrofood industry, including the important potato sector.

ESA choosing CubeSat companions for Hera asteroid mission

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 07:27

As the world marvels at the hopping mini-rovers deployed on asteroid Ryugu by Japan’s Hayabusa2, ESA is due to decide on the CubeSats planned for delivery to a binary asteroid system by its proposed Hera mission.

Matthias Maurer graduates as ESA astronaut

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 07:03

German citizen, Matthias Maurer, is now officially ESA’s newest astronaut, after graduating during a formal ceremony at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, today.

Matthias Maurer graduates as ESA astronaut

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 07:03

German citizen, Matthias Maurer, is now officially ESA’s newest astronaut, after graduating during a formal ceremony at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany this week.

Dust storms on Titan spotted by Cassini for the first time

Mon, 24/09/2018 - 15:00

Data from the international Cassini spacecraft that explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017 has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Titan.

Altimetry replay

Mon, 24/09/2018 - 14:50

World-class scientists are meeting in the Azores to discuss the latest findings on sea-level rise, ice melt and more – all based on satellite altimeters. Watch the opening session replay