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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 09:00

ESA is saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking, FRS, cosmologist and one of the pioneers of theoretical studies of black holes, on 14 March at the age of 76.


Thu, 15/03/2018 - 12:05

Operations image of the week: BepiColombo mission controllers sending test commands to the actual spacecraft in preparation for launch

Vacuum clearing

Wed, 14/03/2018 - 17:00

Technology image of the week: extending ESA’s Test Centre back in 1983 to clear space for Europe’s largest thermal vacuum chamber

Volcanic wormhole

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 13:45

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: The bowels of Earth in 3D

Full house for EDRS

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 07:43

The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun regularly relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.

Spaceport calling

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 09:50

Space Science Image of the Week: New views of BepiColombo as teams prepare to move to Europe's spaceport in Kourou

Voyaging for the Sentinels

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 17:18

Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26 000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.

Week In Images

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 15:10

Our week through the lens:
5-9 March 2018

BepiColombo gets green light for launch site

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 11:00

Europe’s first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch.

Italy and Mediterranean

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-3A view stretching from Sardinia to Romania

Earth from Space

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 10:05

In this edition, the Sentinel-3A satellite treats us to a view over Italy and the Mediterranean

Made for Mercury

Thu, 08/03/2018 - 14:35

Operations image of the week: An engineering replica of BepiColombo will help to troubleshoot software before being uploaded to the real spacecraft at Mercury

Top shot

Wed, 07/03/2018 - 09:05

Technology image of the week: Photographer Edgar Martins, who ventured inside this space simulator, has been shortlisted by the Sony World Photography Awards

X marks the vehicle

Tue, 06/03/2018 - 17:30

Human Spaceflight and exploration image of the week: ESA's first Automated Transfer Vehicle was launched to the International Space Station a decade ago

World-first firing of air-breathing electric thruster

Mon, 05/03/2018 - 15:59

In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from the top of the atmosphere for propellant, opening the way to satellites flying in very low orbits for years on end.

Donor star breathes life into zombie companion

Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:00

ESA’s Integral space observatory has witnessed a rare event: the moment that winds emitted by a swollen red giant star revived its slow-spinning companion, the core of a dead star, bringing it back to life in a flash of X-rays.

Saturn's greatest storm

Mon, 05/03/2018 - 09:05

Space Science Image of the Week: Saturn's storms are a sight to behold, as Cassini discovered when it saw this behemoth of a storm encircling the planet in 2011

Week In Images

Fri, 02/03/2018 - 15:15

Our week through the lens:
26 February - 2 March 2018

ESA incubators ranked among world´s best

Fri, 02/03/2018 - 12:45

Two ESA business incubators have been ranked fourth and seventh in the world classification of university-affiliated incubators evaluated in 53 countries.

Southeast Namibia

Fri, 02/03/2018 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2 takes us over the sand dunes of southeast Namibia and the edge of the Kalahari Desert