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Week in images

ESA Top News - Fri, 24/08/2018 - 15:15

Our week through the lens:
20 - 24 August 2018

Wind mission ready for next phase

ESA Top News - Fri, 24/08/2018 - 14:00

Having worked around the clock since the launch of Aeolus on Wednesday, teams at ESA’s control centre in Germany have declared today that the critical first phase for Europe’s wind mission is complete.

Hurricane Lane

ESA Top News - Fri, 24/08/2018 - 12:45

The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes the temperature of Hurricane Lane on 22 August as it headed for Hawaii

Launch your idea

ESA Top News - Fri, 24/08/2018 - 10:00

ESA experts are waiting to give feedback on your ideas for space transportation services. Outstanding proposals win a trip to see a launch at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Send us your ideas by 14 September

ESOC takes control

ESA Top News - Thu, 23/08/2018 - 15:30

Operations image of the week: mission teams at ESA's operations centre in Germany take over control of Europe's wind mission, Aeolus, from the launch site in Kourou

Why measure wind?

ESA Top News - Thu, 23/08/2018 - 15:00

Where does wind come from? Why is it important and why do we need to measure it? And, how is Aeolus going to make these measurements from space?

Perseid Fireball and Persistent Train

APOD - Thu, 23/08/2018 - 14:00

Perseid Fireball and Persistent Train Perseid Fireball and Persistent Train


Aeolus highlights

ESA Top News - Thu, 23/08/2018 - 12:15

A look back at preparations for the 22 August liftoff of ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana

Launch coverage

ESA Top News - Wed, 22/08/2018 - 23:50

Watch the replay of the Aeolus launch coverage from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana

ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite launched

ESA Top News - Wed, 22/08/2018 - 23:35

ESA’s Earth Explorer Aeolus satellite has been launched into polar orbit on a Vega rocket. Using revolutionary laser technology, Aeolus will measure winds around the globe and play a key role in our quest to better understand the workings of our atmosphere. Importantly, this novel mission will also improve weather forecasting.

Liftoff replay

ESA Top News - Wed, 22/08/2018 - 22:25

Watch the replay of ESA’s Aeolus mission lifting off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana

Parker vs Perseid

APOD - Wed, 22/08/2018 - 12:00

The brief flash of a bright Perseid meteor streaks across the The brief flash of a bright Perseid meteor streaks across the


Extending Europe’s reach

ESA Top News - Wed, 22/08/2018 - 09:45

Technology image of the week: Shaker testing of an articulated boom to extend large antenna reflectors or heavy instruments from satellites

It's lit

ESA Top News - Wed, 22/08/2018 - 08:25

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Justin the humanoid robot during a space-to-ground experiment

Watch Aeolus launch

ESA Top News - Tue, 21/08/2018 - 13:40

Follow the launch of Aeolus live from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 22 August. Streaming begins at 21:00 GMT (23:00 CEST), with liftoff at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST)

Launch of the Parker Solar Probe

APOD - Tue, 21/08/2018 - 10:00

When is the best time to When is the best time to


Infant exoplanet weighed by Hipparcos and Gaia

ESA Top News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:00

The mass of a very young exoplanet has been revealed for the first time using data from ESA’s star mapping spacecraft Gaia and its predecessor, the quarter-century retired Hipparcos satellite.

24-hour weather delay

ESA Top News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:57

The liftoff of Arianespace’s Flight VV12 with Europe’s Aeolus satellite has been delayed by 24 hours due to winds at altitude over the Spaceport in French Guiana

Bricks from Moon dust

ESA Top News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 14:13

Lunar masonry starts on Earth. European researchers are working with Moon dust simulants that could one day allow astronauts to build habitats on our natural satellite and pave the way for human space exploration.

M86 in the Central Virgo Cluster

APOD - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 08:00

Is there a bridge of gas connecting these two great galaxies? Is there a bridge of gas connecting these two great galaxies?


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