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Teach with the Moon

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 13:30

New web page features educational resources and other materials focused on the Moon to educate and inspire.

Join the #AuroraHunters

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 17:05

It’s difficult to comprehend the size and sheer power of our Sun, a churning ball of hot gas 4.6 billion years old and 1.3 million times larger than Earth, which emits solar wind — the constant stream of electrons, protons and atomic particles — and routinely lashes out with Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), outbursts of colossal clouds of solar plasma flung into space.

The most extreme events, arrivals of fast CMEs or high-speed solar-wind streams, disturb our protective magnetic shield, creating geomagnetic storms at Earth.

ExoMars software passes ESA Mars Yard driving test

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 13:17

Navigation software destined for the ExoMars 2020 mission to the Red Planet has passed a rover-based driving test at ESA’s ‘Mars Yard’.

What is Space19+?

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 11:20

ESA Web TV talks with DG Jan Wörner to learn more about ‘Space19+’, ESA’s next Ministerial Council, and its benefits for citizens

The one that got away

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 11:10

Operations image of the week: High above the majestic 'Dirdle Door' rock formation in Dorset, comet 46P/Wirtanen hurries by – an alien rock formation once destined to be visited by ESA's Rosetta mission

How much do European citizens know about space?

Wed, 16/01/2019 - 11:03

Europeans are undeniably interested in space activities, and the idea of pooling resources between European countries is considered important unanimously by European citizens: just two of the fascinating findings from a recent survey of public perceptions of issues related to space.

Parachute for planetfall

Wed, 16/01/2019 - 08:35

Technology image of the week: testing a parachute design for future Mars missions within a mammoth Canadian wind tunnel

Spatial senses

Tue, 15/01/2019 - 17:14

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano trains for a spacewalk for his upcoming Beyond mission

Infrared Titan

Mon, 14/01/2019 - 11:35

Space Science Image of the Week: How Saturn’s moon Titan looks in infrared

Week in images

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 14:30

Our week through the lens:
7 - 11 January 2019

Earth from Space

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, we explore part of the Uruguay River and the Esteros de Farrapos e Islas del Río Uruguay wetlands

Uruguay River wetlands

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us along the lower reaches of the brown, sediment-rich Uruguay River

Team of telescopes finds X-ray engine inside mysterious supernova

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 22:15

ESA’s high-energy space telescopes Integral and XMM-Newton have helped to find a source of powerful X-rays at the centre of an unprecedentedly bright and rapidly evolving stellar explosion that suddenly appeared in the sky earlier this year.

Cold Turkey

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 16:20

While snow continues to cause chaos in Austria and Germany, the cold snap has also reached Turkey as shown in this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image

Martian chronicles

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 10:55

Stunning scenes captured by Mars Express during its 15 years imaging the Red Planet

Galilean Moons

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 07:38

Galileo found Jupiter's four biggest moons 409 years ago. Take a closer look at his discovery with the new collection in the ESAshop and get a cosmic deal.

XMM-Newton captures final cries of star shredded by black hole

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 22:15

Astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory have studied a black hole devouring a star and discovered an exceptionally bright and stable signal that allowed them to determine the black hole’s spin rate.   

Gaia reveals how Sun-like stars turn solid after their demise

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 18:00

Data captured by ESA’s galaxy-mapping spacecraft Gaia has revealed for the first time how white dwarfs, the dead remnants of stars like our Sun, turn into solid spheres as the hot gas inside them cools down.

The desert that ate a sea

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 11:10

Technology image of the week: ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite views efforts to stabilise a newly formed desert and salvage the shrinking Aral Sea

Cool running

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 10:57

Operations image of the week: New cryogenically cooled hardware promises to improve data return from ESA's current and future deep-space missions