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Darkness of space

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 10:40

Technology image of the week: What’s that in the dark? Vision-based navigation for space under test in ESA’s GRALS chamber

The power of three

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 09:30

With the third MetOp satellite set for liftoff on 7 November, this video highlights how it is used for weather forecasting and how it will orbit along with its predecessors

Into the dark

Tue, 30/10/2018 - 16:15

The geology analogue course Pangaea continues for its third leg in Lanzarote

Goodbye Europe, hello Moon: European Module ships soon

Tue, 30/10/2018 - 13:47

The European Service Module that will power and propel the Orion spacecraft on its first mission around the Moon will ship early next week from Bremen to the United States. It will take off in an Antonov An-124 aircraft in the early hours of 5 November and arrive at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US on 6 November.

Designed and manufactured in Italy and Germany, the powerful workhorse is Europe’s contribution to humanity’s return to the Moon. 

Preparing MetOp-C

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 14:20

MetOp-C will soon be launched from French Guiana. ESA’s Stéfane Carlier talks about how this mission provides the continuity of information for weather forecasting and climate research

Ghostly cloud

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 08:00

Space Science Image of the Week: An ancient cold front in galaxy cluster Perseus is imaged in surprisingly sharp detail

Week in images

Fri, 26/10/2018 - 12:30

Our week through the lens:
22 - 26 October 2018

Earth from Space

Fri, 26/10/2018 - 12:30

In this week's edition, the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us over Kyoto and Osaka in Japan

ESA on the way to Space19+ and beyond…

Fri, 26/10/2018 - 11:58

European ministers in charge of space activities met this week at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid, Spain, to preview ESA’s vision for the future of Europe in space.

Boom deployed!

Fri, 26/10/2018 - 08:30

BepiColombo images its magnetometer boom deployment, recording first magnetic field data at the same time

Kyoto and Osaka

Fri, 26/10/2018 - 08:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 captures two of Japan’s larger cities

Mars Express keeps an eye on curious cloud

Thu, 25/10/2018 - 14:00

Since 13 September, ESA’s Mars Express has been observing the evolution of an elongated cloud formation hovering in the vicinity of the 20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet’s equator.

Manoeuvring to Mercury

Thu, 25/10/2018 - 09:20

Operations image of the week: Estrack engineers Lucy Santana and Daniel Firre in ESA's Main Control Room during the launch of the ESA/JAXA mission to Mercury — BepiColombo

Birthday treat

Thu, 25/10/2018 - 07:14

Head to the ESAshop and join our birthday celebration

Exoplanet surveyor

Wed, 24/10/2018 - 14:15

Technology image of the week: ESA’s exoplanet-characterising Cheops undergoing testing in the Maxwell chamber, which recreates the infinite void of space

Copernicus Sentinel-5P reveals new nasties

Wed, 24/10/2018 - 09:40

With air quality a serious environmental health problem, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is tasked with mapping air pollutants around the entire globe every day. This new mission has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July and now other polluting nasties such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have joined the list of data products available to monitor the air we breathe.

On the way to Space19+

Wed, 24/10/2018 - 09:40

Watch the replay of the press conference following an Intermediate Ministerial Meeting in Spain

Ready, set, ship!

Tue, 23/10/2018 - 12:40

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: The European Service Module of the Orion spacecraft is ready for shipment to the US

BepiColombo's beginning ends

Mon, 22/10/2018 - 11:40

A stunning early morning launch lifted the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft into space on Saturday, 20 October. This marked the start of intensive, round-the-clock flight control activities to ensure the mission’s health and functioning in the harsh environment of space.

Space selfies

Mon, 22/10/2018 - 09:55

Space Science Image of the Week: BepiColombo’s solar arrays and antennas are captured in the spacecraft’s first images from space