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World-first chameleon satellite leaving native British shores

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 07:26

The last component of British-built chameleon satellite, Eutelsat Quantum, is getting ready to leave home for good.

Storm hunter in action

Tue, 08/01/2019 - 14:32

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: A typical day for electrical thunderstorm observer

Galactic neighbour

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 16:24

This Hubble image is the most detailed view ever of the Triangulum Galaxy, a close neighbour of the Milky Way

CubeSats joining Hera mission to asteroid system

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 12:13

When ESA’s planned Hera mission journeys to its target binary asteroid system, it will not be alone. The spacecraft will carry two tiny CubeSats for deployment around – and eventual landing on – the Didymos asteroids. Each companion spacecraft will be small enough to fit inside a briefcase, as compared to the desk-sized Hera.

Space sparkle

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:25

Space Science Image of the Week: The glowing remnants of stellar fireworks

2019 preview

Wed, 02/01/2019 - 10:06

Take a look at what's coming up for the European Space Agency this year

Our year in space

Mon, 24/12/2018 - 15:49

A look back at the highlights of 2018 for Europe in space

ESA sets clock by distant spinning stars

Mon, 24/12/2018 - 08:00

ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands has begun running a pulsar-based clock. The ‘PulChron’ system measures the passing of time using millisecond-frequency radio pulses from multiple fast-spinning neutron stars.

Mission accomplished for ESA’s butane-propelled CubeSat

Mon, 24/12/2018 - 07:54

The cereal-box sized GomX-4B – ESA’s biggest small CubeSat yet flown – has completed its mission for the Agency, testing out new miniaturised technologies including: intersatellite link communication with its GomX-4A twin, a hyperspectral imager, star tracker and butane-based propulsion system.

Reflecting on Earthrise: 50 years on

Fri, 21/12/2018 - 11:42

Monday 24 December marks 50 years since Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders snapped an iconic image of Earth rising above the lunar surface.

Year in images

Fri, 21/12/2018 - 11:00

Our year through the lens: 2018

South Georgia

Fri, 21/12/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over South Georgia Island

Back on Earth

Fri, 21/12/2018 - 07:32

Watch ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's first short interview, recorded just hours after he returned to Earth from his six-month Horizons mission

Horizons landing

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 14:45

First images of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst back on Earth

Feeding a giant

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 10:35

ESA's deep-space antenna in New Norcia, Western Australia, has now been powered by solar energy for over a year, in the first step towards creating a green network of eyes on the skies

Mars Express gets festive: A winter wonderland on Mars

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 10:25

This image shows what appears to be a large patch of fresh, untrodden snow – a dream for any lover of the holiday season. However, it’s a little too distant for a last-minute winter getaway: this feature, known as Korolev crater, is found on Mars, and is shown here in beautiful detail as seen by Mars Express.

ESAshop: beyond horizons

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 06:00

Celebrate ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s return to Earth and land your own great deal with a Horizons mission goodie from the ESAshop and free shipping all day

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst returns to Earth – for the second time

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 02:25

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst returned to Earth today alongside NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev.

Where missions start

Wed, 19/12/2018 - 13:00

Technology image of the week: ESA’s Concurrent Design Facility, the cradle of future space missions, is celebrating its 20th birthday

Self-driving rovers tested in Mars-like Morocco

Wed, 19/12/2018 - 12:50

Robots invaded the Sahara Desert for Europe’s largest rover field test, taking place in a Mars-like part of Morocco. For two weeks three rovers and more than 40 engineers tested automated navigation systems at up to five different sites.