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M95: Spiral Galaxy with an Inner Ring

APOD - Tue, 04/06/2019 - 06:00

Why do some spiral galaxies have a ring around the center? Why do some spiral galaxies have a ring around the center?


New era for New Norcia deep space antenna

ESA Top News - Tue, 04/06/2019 - 00:00

The 35-m deep space antenna in New Norcia, Western Australia, is being looked after by a new team, led for the first time by a female site manager, Suzy Jackson.

Stars, Dust, and Gas near NGC 3572

APOD - Mon, 03/06/2019 - 17:00

Star formation can be colorful. Star formation can be colorful.


Science to space

ESA Top News - Mon, 03/06/2019 - 16:50

Space Science Image of the Week: Each of these five Ariane 5s launched one of our space science missions

Space19+ in a nutshell

ESA Top News - Mon, 03/06/2019 - 14:45

Find out what's on the table at Space19+ where ESA Member States will take decisions on the future of Europe in space

A Volcano of Fire under a Milky Way of Stars

APOD - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 15:00

Sometimes it's hard to decide which is more impressive -- the land or the sky. Sometimes it's hard to decide which is more impressive -- the land or the sky.


A Solar Prominence Eruption from SDO

APOD - Sat, 01/06/2019 - 13:00

One of the most spectacular solar sights is an erupting prominence. One of the most spectacular solar sights is an erupting prominence.


Mars on Earth – what next?

ESA Top News - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 15:02

A Mars Sample Return campaign would bring samples of the Red Planet back to Earth for examination in the best terrestrial laboratories – but choosing the samples and storing them on Mars for later return is only one part of the extensive campaign being planned by the mission designers and scientists.

Week in images

ESA Top News - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 14:11

Our week through the lens:
27 - 31 May 2019

The radiation showstopper for Mars exploration

ESA Top News - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 13:50

An astronaut on a mission to Mars could receive radiation doses up to 700 times higher than on our planet – a major showstopper for the safe exploration of our Solar System. A team of European experts is working with ESA to protect the health of future crews on their way to the Moon and beyond.

Planet of the Tajinastes

APOD - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 11:00

What bizarre planet are these alien creatures from? What bizarre planet are these alien creatures from?


Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 09:05

In this edition, Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over El Salvador, the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America

ExoMars orbiter prepares for Rosalind Franklin

ESA Top News - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 13:39

On 15 June, the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) will follow a different path. An ‘Inclination Change Manoeuvre’ will put the spacecraft in an altered orbit, enabling it to pick up crucial status signals from the ExoMars rover, Rosalind Franklin, due to land on the Red Planet in 2021.

A European mission control for the martian rover

ESA Top News - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 10:23

The ExoMars rover has a brand new control centre in one of Europe’s largest Mars yards. The Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) was inaugurated today in Turin, Italy, ahead of the rover’s exploration adventure on the Red Planet in 2021.

Boulders on Bennu

APOD - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 09:00

An abundance of boulders litters the surface An abundance of boulders litters the surface


Tunnel to Mars

ESA Top News - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 09:15

Technology image of the week: this low pressure, low temperature ‘dirty’ wind tunnel at Denmark’s Aarhus University is designed to simulate the dusty surface of the Red Planet

Moons Near Jupiter

APOD - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 07:00

On May 20, a nearly Full Moon and Jupiter shared this telephoto field of On May 20, a nearly Full Moon and Jupiter shared this telephoto field of


Primordial Contact Binary 2014 MU69

APOD - Tue, 28/05/2019 - 17:00

Primordial Contact Binary 2014 MU69 Primordial Contact Binary 2014 MU69


Science lab onboard

ESA Top News - Tue, 28/05/2019 - 16:10

The miniature science laboratory that will analyse Mars soil for signs of life is packed onboard the ExoMars rover

Martian ovens

ESA Top News - Tue, 28/05/2019 - 14:55

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Cooking martian soil in the search for life.
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