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Vitamin super-cocktail to combat 60 days of lying in bed

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 15:41

This week will see the second ESA bedrest study investigating a mix of antioxidants and vitamins that could help astronauts to combat the side effects of living in space.

Ten volunteers will lie in beds with the head end tilted down 6º for 60 days, keeping at least one shoulder on their bed at all times. Intense bedrest such as this is no fun: muscles and bones waste away, and the tilted beds makes blood and fluids move to the head – similar to the changes astronauts endure in space.

As all animals on Earth, humans have evolved to live in gravity so finding ways to stay healthy in weightlessness is important for further exploration of our Solar System. To test new exercise regimes, diets and understand what happens to astronauts, ESA conducts regular bedrest studies that simulate the effects of weightlessness on the human body.

Earth from Space

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 12:20

Join us Friday, 22 September, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

Thar be rovers

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 10:35

Operations image of the week: The webcam on Mars Express spots the craters where rovers have roved

Giant berg on the move

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 07:05

Until a few days ago, the huge chunk of ice that broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf in July has remained close, buffeting back and forth against the shelf. A68 is now on the move and drifting out to sea

First steps: returning humanity to the Moon

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 14:45

In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage.  

Flat land

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 11:40

Technology image of the week: Proba-V captures the world’s largest salt plain, so flat that it is used to check satellite instruments

Geological investigation

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 09:00

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Searching for clues in planetary geology

Earth from Space

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 12:00

Pepijn Veefkind from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute joins the Earth from Space video programme to discuss Sentinel-5P’s Tropomi instrument

Solar antics

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 09:51

The Sun’s recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power.

500 new European companies from space

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 14:46

Thousands of new jobs and boosted local economies are the direct results from ESA’s investment in young companies through its business incubators, which have now fostered more than 500 start-ups that adapt space technology and satellite services for use on Earth.

Travel app wins top prize at App Camp

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 14:18

An app that uses satellite imagery to give flight travellers an interactive, bird’s-eye view of their routes took the top prize at this year’s Space App Camp at ESA’s centre in Frascati, Italy.

Join us for #Sentinel5P launch

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 13:35

Are you passionate about our planet and interested in how satellites help to improve everyday lives and do you share your passion via social media? Then ESA’s next SocialSpace event is for you.


Mon, 18/09/2017 - 12:30

Video: highlights of a month in space on Paolo Nespoli's third mission

Herschel moments

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 10:00

Space Science Image of the Week: Share your favourite memory of the Herschel space observatory as we celebrate the legacy of this extraordinary mission

Week in Images

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 13:50

Our week through the lens:
11-15 September 2017

Parting views

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 13:10

Cassini’s last look around Saturn’s neighbourhood before concluding its 13-year journey of discovery

App Camp wrap-up

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 13:10

Follow the presentation of projects from this year’s Space App Camp via live webstream at 08:30–13:00 CEST on 18 September

Cassini concludes pioneering mission at Saturn

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 13:00

The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet’s atmosphere.

Galileos set to fly on Ariane 6

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 12:17

Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets – ESA’s first contract to use Europe’s new vehicle.

Earth through different eyes

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 09:00

In the 1960s, photographs of Earth taken by the first astronauts captured the imaginations of people across the world. The pictures not only became icons for space exploration, but also the fragility of our planet. But astronauts were not the only ones with their eyes on Earth.