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New crew and new research in Antarctica

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:40

The Concordia research station in Antarctica is a place of extremes: for nine months no supplies can be delivered, the nearest living beings are 600 km away at the Russian Vostok station, and the Sun does not rise above the horizon for four months in the winter. 

Weightless Wishes

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:27

The  Rêves de Gosse association, together with ESA and Novespace, helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights.

Ready to assume control of Sentinel-5P

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:32

Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space.

Round and round they go

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 07:46

Human Spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Spacewalking astronauts

Sentinel-5P poised for liftoff

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 14:30

With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Patchwork geology

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 07:00

Space Science Image of the Week: This colourful patchwork maps geological features on Mercury, destination for our upcoming BepiColombo mission

To Mars with ESA and the Guggenheim Bilbao

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 13:00

ESA and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, with the BBK Foundation, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Spanish arts centre with a performance of Chasmata, a journey to Mars through contemporary art, music and architecture. Monday’s concert can be seen online starting at 18:30 GMT (20:30 CEST).

Week in Images

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 12:00

Our week through the lens:
2-6 October 2017

Larsen Ice Shelf

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 08:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-3 image over a massive iceberg near the Antarctic Peninsula, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 11:59

Join us Friday, 6 October, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

Shooting star

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 11:22

Operations image of the week: A meteoroid burns up in the atmosphere as seen over Ermelo, the Netherlands

Colourful dunes on wind-swept Mars

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 09:00

Dunes are prominent indicators of prevailing winds, as can be seen on this crater floor on Mars, imaged by ESA’s Mars Express on 16 May.

Is it a bird?

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 15:05

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Is it a bird? Is it a Space Station? It is both …

Sentinel-5P sealed from view

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 12:30

As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia’s Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST).

Antenna test zone

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 11:45

Technology image of the week: ESA’s cavernous Hertz test chamber will be on show to the public during Sunday’s Open Day in the Netherlands


Wed, 04/10/2017 - 07:15

Celebrating 60 years of the Space Age

Sputnik – 60 years of the space age

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 15:14

Sixty years ago, the first ‘beep-beep’ signal from Sputnik was heard from the heavens on the night of 4 October 1957, marking the beginning of a new era for humankind.

Africa, classified

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 13:35

From the barren Sahara to lush jungles, the first high-resolution map classifying land cover types on the entire African continent has been released. The map was created using some 180 000 images from Sentinel-2A

Ghostly green

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 07:55

Operations image of the week: ESA’s deep-space dish in Australia sports a haunting green glow

Galileo pair arrives in French Guiana

Mon, 02/10/2017 - 13:03

Europe’s next two Galileo navigation satellites have touched down in Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana ahead of the launch of a quartet by Ariane 5 at the end of this year.