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ɸ and citizens

ESA Top News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 15:00

As ESA’s ɸ-week draws to a close, it’s worth remembering that the science and technology involved in observing our planet from space isn’t entirely for the preserve of experts. With a growing interest in the environment and the climate, there are plenty of opportunities for the general public to take part.

Microlaunchers: new ways to access space

ESA Top News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 13:40

Access to space was in the spotlight at this week's Φ event which followed an ESA-hosted workshop on Europe’s emerging microlaunch services held in Paris, France for industry, investors and institutions.

What is ɸ?

ESA Top News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 11:56

Josef Aschbacher, ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, explains his concept of ɸ

The Old Moon in the Young Moon's Arms

APOD - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 11:00

Tonight the Moon is Tonight the Moon is


ɸ and commercialisation

ESA Top News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:10

The main focus of day four at ESA’s ɸ-week was on the opportunities Earth observation can bring to business and the economy

Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury

ESA Top News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 09:34

In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe and Japan’s BepiColombo mission will have just come a crucial step closer to Mercury.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

ESA Top News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 08:45

It may not be your actual Superman, but participants to ESA’s ɸ-week are certainly embracing some ‘superhero’ ideas for the future of Earth observation, including high-flying platforms – something between a satellite and an aircraft.

App to the Moon

ESA Top News - Thu, 15/11/2018 - 23:12

It is magnificently quiet at the rim of the lunar crater. Nearly 400 000 km away from Earth, the silence and vastness of the unknown terrain can be overwhelming. Yet our moonwalker does not feel alone.

ɸ and future EO

ESA Top News - Thu, 15/11/2018 - 10:05

The excitement and enthusiasm at ESA’s ɸ-week continues with participants exploring the wealth of new opportunities on the horizon

Little Planet Lookout

APOD - Thu, 15/11/2018 - 09:00

Little Planet Lookout Little Planet Lookout


Space making the virtual a reality

ESA Top News - Thu, 15/11/2018 - 06:41

What do astronauts, Pokémon, wildlife park rangers and surgeons all have in common?

Harnessing artificial intelligence for sustainability goals

ESA Top News - Wed, 14/11/2018 - 17:19

As ESA’s ɸ-week continues to provoke and inspire participants on new ways of using Earth observation for monitoring our world to benefit the citizens of today and of the future, it is clear that artificial intelligence is set to play an important role.

ɸ and citizen science

ESA Top News - Wed, 14/11/2018 - 16:55

During ɸ-week, Margaret Gold from the European Citizen Science Association talks about the advantages of citizens getting involved to support Earth observation

ɸ-week and AI

ESA Top News - Wed, 14/11/2018 - 10:45

The focus of the second day of ESA’s ɸ-week was on applying artificial intelligence to Earth observation, and a boot camp

UNICEF and ɸ: Earth observation and innovation for the most vulnerable

ESA Top News - Wed, 14/11/2018 - 08:38

Every day, UNICEF works to help children that are victims of poverty, disease, conflict, migration and more. These problems are not only tragic, but also extremely complex. To further improve the way it works, UNICEF is taking a non-traditional approach by looking at breakthrough technology, Earth observation, big data and artificial intelligence.

Mars in the Loop

APOD - Wed, 14/11/2018 - 07:00

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Mapping the night

ESA Top News - Tue, 13/11/2018 - 17:27

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Astronaut photos of Earth from space shine a light on light pollution

NGC 6188: The Dragons of Ara

APOD - Tue, 13/11/2018 - 17:00

Dark shapes with bright edges winging their way through dusty Dark shapes with bright edges winging their way through dusty


New horizon for space transportation services

ESA Top News - Tue, 13/11/2018 - 16:15

ESA reaches out to encourage open innovation and offer support. A global response to ESA’s call for ideas on new space transportation services has resulted in 79 proposals of which 41 were considered eligible for expert advice from ESA.

Discover ɸ

ESA Top News - Tue, 13/11/2018 - 10:30

A look back at the first day of ɸ-week, where among other things, participants express what ɸ means to them
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