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A space ant fires its lasers

Wed, 16/05/2018 - 13:00

A rare phenomenon connected to the death of a star has been discovered in observations made by ESA’s Herschel space observatory: an unusual laser emission from the spectacular Ant Nebula, which suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at its heart.

Rendezvous alley

Wed, 16/05/2018 - 00:45

Technology image of the week: This track-mounted robotic arm enables real-world testing of close approach techniques for satellites, asteroids or planetary bodies

Our galaxy’s heart

Mon, 14/05/2018 - 11:45

Space Science Image of the Week: A unique view of our galaxy

Week In Images

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 14:30

Our week through the lens:
7 - 11 May 2018

Columbia Glacier

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2B takes us over the Columbia Glacier, one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world

Earth from Space

Fri, 11/05/2018 - 09:05

In this edition, discover one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world: the Columbia Glacier in Alaska

ESA Planck team awarded prestigious prize

Thu, 10/05/2018 - 12:00

The ESA Planck team has been honoured with the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize for its mission mapping the cosmic microwave background – relic radiation from the Big Bang that is still observable today.

InSight in sight

Thu, 10/05/2018 - 11:15

Operations image of the week: ESA's New Norcia ground station in Australia followed NASA’s InSight launch last week and will support the mission’s Mars touchdown in November

Fly over Neukum crater

Thu, 10/05/2018 - 10:50

Enjoy a flight over a fascinating impact crater on Mars

Moving home

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 16:08

BepiColombo gets settled in to its temporary home base at Europe’s Spaceport to prepare for launch to Mercury later this year

Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:00

Less than two weeks after it was launched, the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite has delivered its first images of Earth. Exceeding expectations, this first set of images include the sunset over Antarctica, sea ice in the Arctic and a view of northern Europe.

Earthquake-level testing

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 08:40

Technology image of the week: this 8 tonne data centre cooling system is subjected to simulated earthquake conditions in ESA's Test Centre

Satellite pair arrive for Galileo’s next rumble in the jungle

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 08:37

The next two satellites in Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system have arrived at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of their planned launch from the jungle space base in July.

Soyuz revisited

Tue, 08/05/2018 - 15:15

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen reunites with the Soyuz

Horizons vision

Tue, 08/05/2018 - 12:45

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will begin his second mission next month. Why the name ‘Horizons’? Find out in this video

ESA selects three new mission concepts for study

Mon, 07/05/2018 - 10:15

A high-energy survey of the early Universe, an infrared observatory to study the formation of stars, planets and galaxies, and a Venus orbiter are to be considered for ESA’s fifth medium class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme, with a planned launch date in 2032.

Impossible intersection

Mon, 07/05/2018 - 10:00

Space Science Image of the Week: Saturn’s rings give the illusion they are intersecting themselves in an impossible way

ESA and Vatican work to preserve heritage data

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 17:00

Following an agreement signed in 2016, ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library have presented the preliminary results on how they are using the same method to manage their respective long-term data preservation projects and how this can create new initiatives.

Week In Images

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 14:15

Our week through the lens:
30 April - 4 May 2018

ESA deep space stations ready for NASA’s InSight Mars flight

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 12:18

NASA’s latest mission to Mars begins tomorrow. ESA deep space ground stations in Australia and South America will track the InSight spacecraft on NASA’s behalf as it begins its cruise to the Red Planet.