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1970s space control

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 17:05

Operations image of the week: Engineers working in ESA’s control room in 1978

3D printing for Mars

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 12:05

Technology image of the week: these small structures have been 3D printed out of simulated Mars dust

Watching water

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 10:15

World Water Day reminds us of the need to treat and reuse wastewater. Satellites like Sentinel-2 provide key information on water quality

Spider senses

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 10:05

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Testing virtual reality hardware for International Space Station experiments

Measuring magnetism

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 16:30

Thanks to the Swarm satellite trio, the most detailed magnetic map yet from space of Earth's rigid outer layer has been released

Collapsing cliff reveals comet’s interior

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 15:30

Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet.  

30 years of deforestation

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 14:20

While the world marks the International Day of Forests, satellites continue to monitor the long-term effects of human activities on our planet’s precious resources

Unravelling Earth’s magnetic field

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 10:00

ESA’s Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earth’s magnetic field to unpick – as well as our planet’s magnetic history imprinted on Earth’s crust.

To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 16:20

After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all-out effort to measure ice on land and sea.

Glitter helps to monitor ocean waves

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 13:52

The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the motion of the sea surface.

B-ring it on!

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 10:20

Space Science Image of the Week: Cassini reveals extraordinarily fine detail in one of Saturn’s rings

Week In Images

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 14:45

Our week through the lens:
13-17 March 2017

Replay from Banff

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 12:00

Watch the replay of the opening session for the Swarm and CryoSat Science Meetings in Banff, Canada

Replay from Banff

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 12:00

Watch the replay of the opening session for the Swarm and CryoSat Science Meetings in Banff, Canada

Two more spacewalks for Thomas Pesquet

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 11:14

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make two more spacewalks under NASA’s plans to maintain the International Space Station during his mission.


Fri, 17/03/2017 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 image of Canada's Alberta province, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Etna erupts

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 17:10

Sentinel-2A has imaged today’s eruption from Mount Etna in Sicily, one of Europe’s most dangerous volcanoes

Beautiful science with astronaut aurora

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:54

Some of the most wonderful pictures taken by astronauts from space are of aurora dancing over our planet. Now the photos are more than just pretty pictures thanks to an ESA project that makes them scientifically usable.

ESA’s Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:00

Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer – Juice – from the drawing board and into construction.

Earth from Space

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:00

Join us Friday, 17 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week we explore the Canadian province of Alberta