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Training to fly

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 14:05

Operations image of the week: The BepiColombo team conducts intensive training for the spacecraft's upcoming trip to Mercury

The toxic side of the Moon

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 10:38

When the Apollo astronauts returned from the Moon, the dust that clung to their spacesuits made their throats sore and their eyes water. Lunar dust is made of sharp, abrasive and nasty particles, but how toxic is it for humans?

Europe’s next weather eye

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 08:30

Technology image of the week:Testing the mammoth imaging instrument for Europe’s Meteosat Third Generation

Lunar agenda

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 14:40

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA takes a fresh look at the Moon from space and on Earth

Next four Galileo satellites fuelled for launch

Tue, 03/07/2018 - 11:55

Europe’s next four Galileo satellites have been fuelled at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for their launch on 25 July.

Inside-out rings

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 10:15

Space Science Image of the Week: A mind-bending blend of Saturn and its rings and ring shadows

Voyage through space with Europe: register for ESA Open Day in the Netherlands

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 09:44

You can now register  to see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure. We will be opening our doors for the annual ESA Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 7 October.

Asteroid Day webcast

Sat, 30/06/2018 - 14:06

Watch a replay of the ESA/ESO Asteroid Day webcast from the Supernova Planetarium

Week In Images

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 14:10

Our week through the lens:
25 - 29 June 2018

Video: asteroid deflection

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 13:20

ESA’s proposed Hera mission is part of an international cooperation aimed at testing whether the orbit of an asteroid can be shifted by smashing into it. Watch its full mission profile

Dragon delivers some ICE

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 09:56

The newly installed International Commercial Experiments service – ICE Cubes for short – facility providing commercial access to microgravity will soon receive the first experiment cubes after today’s successful SpaceX Dragon resupply launch.

Earth from Space

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 09:05

For Asteroid Day, Sentinel-2 treats us to a view of the Gosses Bluff crater in the Northern Territory of Australia

Australian crater

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: for Asteroid Day, Sentinel-2A takes us over the Gosses Bluff Crater in the Northern Territory of Australia

What is…?

Thu, 28/06/2018 - 16:06

Get ready for Asteroid Day 2018 and find out what is a near-Earth asteroid and why we should care about them

Asteroid Day live from Luxembourg

Thu, 28/06/2018 - 10:21

The world’s first 48-hour webcast about asteroids and their place in space will begin at 12:00 CEST, on Friday, 29 June 2018. Kicking off this exciting event, physicist, science advocate and former rock star Brian Cox will host the first 6-hour segment live from Luxembourg.

Asteroid arrival

Thu, 28/06/2018 - 10:05

Operations image of the week: Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrived at asteroid Ryugu on 27 June, following a 42-month journey supported in part by ESA ground stations

New launch date for James Webb Space Telescope

Thu, 28/06/2018 - 09:00

After completion of an independent review, a new launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope has been announced: 30 March 2021.

Complex organics bubble from the depths of ocean-world Enceladus

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 18:00

Data from the international Cassini spacecraft have revealed complex organic molecules originating from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean-world hosts conditions suitable for life.

Interstellar asteroid is really a comet

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 18:00

An object from another star system that made a brief appearance in our skies guised as an asteroid turns out to be a tiny interstellar comet.

Cleaning for Mars

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 12:40

Technology image of the week: In one of the cleanest places in Europe, an ESA engineer works to reduce the ‘bioburden’ of terrestrial microbes on this ExoMars antenna