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ESA opening up to new ideas

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 18:14

ESA aims to harness a new resource for future space activities: ideas from European researchers, businesses and the general public. Through its new Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP), anyone is welcome to respond to space-related challenges.

Week in images

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
8-12 April 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 14:00

This week's edition features the busy maritime traffic passing through the English Channel

Watch our Galileo smartphone app award and vote for your winner

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 13:40

On Thursday 18 April, you are cordially invited to view the final presentations of ESA’s second Galileo smartphone app competition – to develop an app capable of performing fixes using raw Galileo satnav measurements – as well as put your own vote in for your favourite.

Drop test proves technologies for reusable microlauncher

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 12:00

Spain’s PLD Space, supported by ESA, has demonstrated the technologies for a reusable first stage of their orbital microlauncher, Miura 5.

Rocket break-up provides rare chance to test debris formation

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 09:59

The discarded ‘upper stage’ from a rocket launched almost ten years ago has recently crumbled to pieces.

English Channel

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the busy maritime highways of the English Channel

Thanks a million

Thu, 11/04/2019 - 15:00

One million in our Instagram community @europeanspaceagency - thank you for being a part of it!

Doing up the deep dish

Thu, 11/04/2019 - 14:45

ESA's 35-m deep space antenna in Malargüe, Argentina, has had a major refurbishment, getting it ready for the launch of Euclid in 2022 and able to transfer even greater quantities of 'space data'...

Exoplanet detectors

Thu, 11/04/2019 - 13:25

Our future mission Plato, due to launch in 2026, will use highly sensitive light detectors to monitor the brightness of thousands of stars in search of Earth-sized planets

Europe’s institutions on their use of Ariane 6 and Vega-C

Thu, 11/04/2019 - 13:20

ESA and Arianespace are giving full support to European institutional customers to launch their missions on Ariane 6 and Vega-C.

First results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

Wed, 10/04/2019 - 18:00

New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack of methane, are among the scientific highlights of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s first year in orbit.

Cold fire

Wed, 10/04/2019 - 08:50

Technology image of the week: Cold plasma tested aboard the International Space Station is now being harnessed against drug-resistant bacteria

Astronaut's 9 to 5

Tue, 09/04/2019 - 15:30

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer during spacewalk training

Fireworks of blue lightning and gamma rays above thunderclouds

Tue, 09/04/2019 - 12:20

After only one year in space, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) on the International Space Station has given researchers a new understanding of how lightning is created, and how thunderstorms can affect the atmosphere and the climate.

European quantum communications network takes shape

Tue, 09/04/2019 - 10:30

Today’s interconnected world is ever more vulnerable to cyberattacks, emphasising the importance of secure encryption to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure and communications. An agreement forged today between the European Commission and the European Space Agency marks the first steps towards creating a highly secure, pan-European quantum communication infrastructure.

ESA Impact 2019

Tue, 09/04/2019 - 08:55

Quarter 1 is now online. Browse the stunning images and videos of our activities so far this year

Glaciers lose nine trillion tonnes of ice in half a century

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 16:10

When we think of climate change, one of the first things to come to mind is melting polar ice. However, ice loss isn’t just restricted to the polar regions. According to research published today, glaciers around the world have lost well over 9000 gigatonnes (nine trillion tonnes) of ice since 1961, raising sea level by 27 mm.

Devil in the detail

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 12:30

Space Science Image of the Week: ExoMars orbiter captures the details of intense dust devil activity on Mars

Staying fit in space

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 10:10

ESA's exercise team lead shares how astronauts maintain their muscles in space