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Supersonic landfall

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 10:55

Technology image of the week: This test parachute deployed at supersonic velocity, demonstrating Europe’s capability to land safely from space

Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 10:37

A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis.

Dancing with Cassini

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 14:20

A complex coordinated ‘dance’ between ESA and NASA deep-space tracking stations is following the international Cassini orbiter during its Grand Finale, 1.2 billion km away

Introducing Juice

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 08:15

Space Science Image of the Week: Presenting the latest design of our Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice

Week In Images

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 14:50

Our week through the lens:
10-14 July 2017

Pilanesberg

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: a South African game reserve pictured by Sentinel-2, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 16:05

Join us Friday, 14 July, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 15:24

The final days of the LISA Pathfinder mission are some of the busiest, as controllers make final tests and get ready to switch off the gravitational pioneer next Tuesday.

Vesuvius on fire

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 14:30

No, Vesuvius is not erupting, but the wooded slopes of this iconic volcano are being ravaged by wildfires, as seen from space by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission

Tributes to wetter times on Mars

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 10:00

A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA’s Mars Express.

Robot meets its masters

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 08:05

Operations image of the week: The flight controllers who will operate BepiColombo on its ambitious mission to Mercury meet their robotic explorer

Desktop CubeSat test

Wed, 12/07/2017 - 16:10

Technology image of the week: ESA’s GomX-4B CubeSat is on the way to launch this September

Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg

Wed, 12/07/2017 - 11:50

Over the last few months, a chunk of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf has been hanging on precariously as a deep crack cut across the ice. Witnessed by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, a lump of ice more than twice the size of Luxembourg has now broken off, spawning one of the largest icebergs on record and changing the outline of the Antarctic Peninsula forever.

Shoulders of giants

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:45

Human spaceflight image of the week: Expedition 52 crew remember fellow cosmonauts at Red Square in Moscow

Stacked up

Mon, 10/07/2017 - 09:30

Space Science Image of the Week: The BepiColombo spacecraft modules stacked up in launch configuration for the last time in Europe

Week In Images

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 13:00

Our week through the lens:
3-7 July 2017

Salar de Uyuni

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 image of the largest salt flat in the world, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Counting calories in space

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 08:40

Rockets and spacecraft may get us to Mars, but food must nourish us on the journey. Now researchers are using the International Space Station to look at how much food will be needed on a spacecraft heading to the Moon, Mars or beyond. By tracking the energy used by astronauts, we can count the number of calories humans will need for long flights.   

How to rescue a Moonwalker in need

Thu, 06/07/2017 - 16:20

During a simulated space mission underwater last week, ESA tested an ingenious concept to bring astronauts safely back to base if they are incapacitated during lunar exploration.

Four ‘aquanauts’, including ESA astronaut Pedro Duque and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, took part in NASA’s 22nd Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO-22) mission, spending 10 days in the Aquarius habitat 20 m underwater off the coast of the Florida Keys.

See our seasons change from space

Thu, 06/07/2017 - 16:00

With the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite fully fledged and its data freely available, the task of monitoring and understanding our changing planet has been made that much easier. Seeing the effect spring has on our plant life is just one of its many uses.