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The Moon

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 16:11

Visit ESA's updated interactive guide to learn more about the why and how of lunar exploration

Earth from Space

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 14:30

Join us Friday, 23 December, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week we explore China’s Tian Shan mountains

From outer space to inner eye

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 14:00

Contact lenses, spectacles and eye implants are now being made more accurately thanks to research instruments flying on the International Space Station.

Year in images

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 10:00

Our year through the lens:
a selection of our favourite images for 2016

Ariane 5’s seventh launch this year

Wed, 21/12/2016 - 22:27

An Ariane 5 lifted off this evening to deliver two telecom satellites, Star One-D1 and JCSat-15, into their planned orbits.

Stacks of shiny stuff

Wed, 21/12/2016 - 17:00

Technology image of the week: these carefully-placed stacks of silicon wafers represent the future of high-energy astronomy

Space Station greetings

Wed, 21/12/2016 - 14:55

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's season's greetings from the International Space Station

Winter Moon

Wed, 21/12/2016 - 10:35

Operations image of the week: ESA’s tracking station at Maspalomas seen by the light of a winter Moon

Preparing for air traffic control via satellite

Tue, 20/12/2016 - 10:30

ESA recently completed its first flight trials using satellites to help bring Europe closer to its goal of modernising air traffic control.

Our year in space

Tue, 20/12/2016 - 10:25

A look back at the highlights of 2016 for Europe in Space

There’s a jet stream in our core

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 20:50

We would normally associate jet streams with the weather but, thanks to ESA’s magnetic field mission, scientists have discovered a jet stream deep below Earth’s surface – and it’s speeding up.

Twinkle twinkle

Mon, 19/12/2016 - 10:30

Space Science Image of the Week: A familiar galaxy pair takes on an unusual appearance with bright points and delicate rays

Spacewalk for Thomas Pesquet

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 16:58

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be the 11th European to perform a spacewalk when he ventures outside the International Space Station next month.

Lasting up to seven hours on 13 January, its goal is to ensure the power supply of the International Space Station from the 2500 sq m of solar panels.

Season's greetings

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 15:35

Send an out-of-this-world e-card to your friends

Week In Images

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 15:05

Our week through the lens:
12-16 December 2016

Full go-ahead for building ExoMars 2020

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 15:00

The first ExoMars mission arrived at the Red Planet in October and now the second mission has been confirmed to complete its construction for a 2020 launch. 

Skimming an alien atmosphere

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 13:55

After the smooth arrival of ESA’s latest Mars orbiter, mission controllers are now preparing it for the ultimate challenge: dipping into the Red Planet’s atmosphere to reach its final orbit.


Fri, 16/12/2016 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Spanish city of Seville and its surroundings, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Intel acquires ESA incubator company

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 09:02

There are thousands of drone companies out there, but Intel has chosen to acquire Mavinci, a start-up from one of ESA’s business incubators in Germany that has developed an easy-to-use system for land surveillance.

Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet

Thu, 15/12/2016 - 15:00

ESA’s Rosetta completed its incredible mission on 30 September, collecting unprecedented images and data right until the moment of contact with the comet's surface.