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Planetary defenders

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 16:20

Here's a taste of what's in store on Asteroid Day - science, adventure and fun all in our full webcast live Saturday, 30 June

Lost in time

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 16:15

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: An artist’s interpretation of the Time experiment performed on the International Space Station

Asteroid Day webcast

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 08:20

Join the planetary defenders: on 30 June, watch the ESA/ESO Asteroid Day webcast live from the Supernova planetarium starting at 13:00 CEST

Space dashcam

Mon, 25/06/2018 - 13:25

Liftoff to orbit: Horizons gives rare view inside a Soyuz during launch

Earth’s first mission to a binary asteroid, for planetary defence

Mon, 25/06/2018 - 09:35

Planning for humankind’s first mission to a binary asteroid system has entered its next engineering phase. ESA’s proposed Hera mission would also be Europe’s contribution to an ambitious planetary defence experiment.

Dance of the asteroids

Mon, 25/06/2018 - 08:25

Space Science Image of the Week: Nearby asteroids thread through a stunning portrait of galaxy clusters

Earth’s squishy interior gives rapid rise to Antarctica

Fri, 22/06/2018 - 16:05

Parts of Earth’s crust are rising very slowly owing to post-glacial rebound, but using GPS, researchers have found that West Antarctica is rising faster than almost anywhere else in the world. And, ESA’s GOCE gravity mission has, in turn, helped them to understand that the mantle below is unusually fluid.

Week In Images

Fri, 22/06/2018 - 14:27

Our week through the lens:
18 - 22 June 2018

Earth from Space

Fri, 22/06/2018 - 09:05

In this edition, Sentinel-2 takes us over Lake Huron, the second largest of the five Great Lakes of North America

Lake Huron

Fri, 22/06/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 view over the second largest of the Great Lakes of North America

Copernicus 20 years on

Thu, 21/06/2018 - 15:56

This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe’s Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world.

Rosetta image archive complete

Thu, 21/06/2018 - 13:00

All high-resolution images and the underpinning data from Rosetta’s pioneering mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are now available in ESA’s archives, with the last release including the iconic images of finding lander Philae, and Rosetta’s final descent to the comet’s surface.

Through the heat barrier

Thu, 21/06/2018 - 11:00

Technology image of the week: A scorching reentry test for ESA's next CubeSat mission inside the world's largest plasma wind tunnel

Wear and care

Thu, 21/06/2018 - 09:35

Join the planetary defenders and make a big fashion statement, with 15% off all T-shirts until 24 June

XMM-Newton finds missing intergalactic material

Wed, 20/06/2018 - 18:00

After a nearly twenty-year long game of cosmic hide-and-seek, astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have finally found evidence of hot, diffuse gas permeating the cosmos, closing a puzzling gap in the overall budget of ‘normal’ matter in the Universe.

Fireball Moon Venus

Wed, 20/06/2018 - 17:00

Operations image of the week: Lucky timing led to this brilliant photo, showing our Moon and the planet Venus, together with a meteor burning up in the atmosphere over Belgium

UNISPACE+50 from space

Wed, 20/06/2018 - 09:18

Watch a live call from the crew of the International Space Station to the countries of the world meeting at UNISPACE+50 starting 16:05 CEST today

Sentinel-3 flies tandem

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 15:41

The key to monitoring Earth’s changing environment and to guaranteeing a consistent stream of satellite data to improve our daily lives is to take the same measurements over the course of decades. But how do you know that measurements from successive satellites, even though identical in build, are like for like?

A dexterous laboratory

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 10:20

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst running the Grip experiment

Artificial Sun

Mon, 18/06/2018 - 11:05

Space Science Image of the Week: Demonstrating that the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer can endure extreme temperatures