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Seeking innovative ideas: space for the oceans

ESA Top News - Mon, 15/04/2019 - 07:20

ESA seeks your ideas for applying space technology to Earth-based problems. Through the Open Space Innovation Platform, a new challenge-based website, the Agency is hunting out bright ideas to monitor plastic waste polluting the oceans, and to improve the self-steering abilities of ships.

AZURE Vapor Tracers over Norway

APOD - Sun, 14/04/2019 - 09:00

What's happening in the sky? What's happening in the sky?


A Scorpius Sky Spectacular

APOD - Sat, 13/04/2019 - 07:00

If Scorpius looked this good to the unaided eye, humans might remember it better.  If Scorpius looked this good to the unaided eye, humans might remember it better.


ESA opening up to new ideas

ESA Top News - Fri, 12/04/2019 - 18:14

ESA aims to harness a new resource for future space activities: ideas from European researchers, businesses and the general public. Through its new Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP), anyone is welcome to respond to space-related challenges.

ISS from Wallasey

APOD - Fri, 12/04/2019 - 18:00

ISS from Wallasey ISS from Wallasey


Week in images

ESA Top News - Fri, 12/04/2019 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
8-12 April 2019

Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Fri, 12/04/2019 - 14:00

This week's edition features the busy maritime traffic passing through the English Channel

Watch our Galileo smartphone app award and vote for your winner

ESA Top News - Fri, 12/04/2019 - 13:40

On Thursday 18 April, you are cordially invited to view the final presentations of ESA’s second Galileo smartphone app competition – to develop an app capable of performing fixes using raw Galileo satnav measurements – as well as put your own vote in for your favourite.

Drop test proves technologies for reusable microlauncher

ESA Top News - Fri, 12/04/2019 - 12:00

Spain’s PLD Space, supported by ESA, has demonstrated the technologies for a reusable first stage of their orbital microlauncher, Miura 5.

Rocket break-up provides rare chance to test debris formation

ESA Top News - Fri, 12/04/2019 - 09:59

The discarded ‘upper stage’ from a rocket launched almost ten years ago has recently crumbled to pieces.

English Channel

ESA Top News - Fri, 12/04/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the busy maritime highways of the English Channel

Pan-STARRS Across the Sky

APOD - Thu, 11/04/2019 - 16:00

Pan-STARRS Across the Sky Pan-STARRS Across the Sky


Thanks a million

ESA Top News - Thu, 11/04/2019 - 15:00

One million in our Instagram community @europeanspaceagency - thank you for being a part of it!

Doing up the deep dish

ESA Top News - Thu, 11/04/2019 - 14:45

ESA's 35-m deep space antenna in Malargüe, Argentina, has had a major refurbishment, getting it ready for the launch of Euclid in 2022 and able to transfer even greater quantities of 'space data'...

Exoplanet detectors

ESA Top News - Thu, 11/04/2019 - 13:25

Our future mission Plato, due to launch in 2026, will use highly sensitive light detectors to monitor the brightness of thousands of stars in search of Earth-sized planets

Europe’s institutions on their use of Ariane 6 and Vega-C

ESA Top News - Thu, 11/04/2019 - 13:20

ESA and Arianespace are giving full support to European institutional customers to launch their missions on Ariane 6 and Vega-C.

First results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

ESA Top News - Wed, 10/04/2019 - 18:00

New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack of methane, are among the scientific highlights of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s first year in orbit.

Messier 2

APOD - Wed, 10/04/2019 - 14:00

Messier 2 Messier 2


Cold fire

ESA Top News - Wed, 10/04/2019 - 08:50

Technology image of the week: Cold plasma tested aboard the International Space Station is now being harnessed against drug-resistant bacteria

Astronaut's 9 to 5

ESA Top News - Tue, 09/04/2019 - 15:30

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer during spacewalk training
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