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Denmark scorched

Wed, 25/07/2018 - 11:05

We’re all well aware of how hot and dry this summer is, but the stark difference between this July and July 2017 couldn’t be more obvious is these Sentinel-2 images of Denmark

Model binary asteroids

Wed, 25/07/2018 - 09:02

Technology image of the week: A practical recreation of a binary asteroid system, used for testing vision-based navigation software for ESA’s proposed Hera mission

Aeolus — preparing to fly the wind mission

Tue, 24/07/2018 - 14:00

The launch of Aeolus — ESA’s mission to map Earth’s wind in real-time — is getting tantalisingly close, with the satellite due for lift-off on 21 August from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. With the wind in their sails, mission teams are busily preparing this unique satellite for its upcoming journey.

Galileo’s next step

Mon, 23/07/2018 - 13:03

A new video gives the background to the launch of the next four Galileo satellites, the next step to expand Europe’s own satellite navigation system

Watch Galileo launch

Mon, 23/07/2018 - 10:33

Follow the launch of Galileo satellites 23-26 live on Wednesday 25 July. Streaming resumes at 14:50 GMT (16:50 CEST)

Spotlight on BepiColombo

Mon, 23/07/2018 - 08:15

Space Science Image of the Week: Final inspections for the Mercury Transfer Module’s solar arrays before being stowed for launch

Week In Images

Fri, 20/07/2018 - 14:30

Our week through the lens:
16 - 20 July 2018

Sweden in flames

Fri, 20/07/2018 - 10:15

As Europe succumbs to record temperatures and drought, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions image fires that have broken out in Sweden

Name Europe’s robot to roam and search for life on Mars

Fri, 20/07/2018 - 09:10

The UK Space Agency has launched a competition to name a rover that is going to Mars to search for signs of life.


Fri, 20/07/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2 takes us over the city of Valencia and its stunning blue coast

Earth from Space

Fri, 20/07/2018 - 09:00

In this week's edition, Sentinel-2 takes us over Valencia, Spain

What’s your idea to 3D print on the Moon – to make it feel like home?

Fri, 20/07/2018 - 06:57

A new ESA-led project is investigating the ways that 3D printing could be used to create and run a habitat on the Moon. Everything from building materials to solar panels, equipment and tools to clothes, even nutrients and food ingredients can potentially be 3D printed. But if you were headed to the Moon, what would you want to 3D print, to turn a lunar base into a place that feels like home? Tell us your idea, to win a chance of actually getting it printed.

A storm rolls in

Thu, 19/07/2018 - 11:35

Mars Express imaged a local dust storm in April, a precursor to the dramatic planet-circling event that followed

Martian atmosphere behaves as one

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 14:00

New research using a decade of data from ESA’s Mars Express has found clear signs of the complex martian atmosphere acting as a single, interconnected system, with processes occurring at low and mid levels significantly affecting those seen higher up.

Teenage Earth observer

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 08:45

Technology image of the week: more than 16 years old and still growing strong, the Proba-1 microsatellite takes a look at Guam

Moon, Mars, Station

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 08:40

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Moon and Mars seen from the International Space Station

Looming iceberg

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 08:30

A huge iceberg drifted perilously close to the west Greenland coast causing fears that if it breaks up, waves could swamp the village of Innaarsuit

From an almost perfect Universe to the best of both worlds

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 14:00

It was 21 March 2013. The world’s scientific press had either gathered in ESA’s Paris headquarters or logged in online, along with a multitude of scientists around the globe, to witness the moment when ESA’s Planck mission revealed its ‘image’ of the cosmos. This image was taken not with visible light but with microwaves.

Test success

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 17:00

Watch the hot firing of the P120C solid rocket motor at Europe’s Spaceport, proving its flight-worthiness for use on Vega-C next year and on Ariane 6 from 2020

Hot firing proves solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 15:00

Today's hot firing of the P120C solid-propellant motor at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana proves its flight-worthiness for use on Vega-C next year and on Ariane 6 from 2020.