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ESA’s latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site

ESA Top News - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 09:22

GomX-4B, ESA’s latest and largest technology-testing CubeSat, will be launched from China early next year, together with the near-identical GomX-4A. The pair will test intersatellite communication links and propulsion while orbiting up to 4500 km apart.

Forty years of Meteosat

ESA Top News - Wed, 22/11/2017 - 14:09

ESA’s first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today.

The Tarantula Nebula

APOD - Wed, 22/11/2017 - 08:00

The Tarantula Nebula The Tarantula Nebula


Black hole friday

ESA Top News - Wed, 22/11/2017 - 08:00

Use coupon code BLACKHOLE in the ESAshop checkout to benefit from Spreadshirt's 24–27 November special offer before it disappears

Rover sunset

ESA Top News - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 15:15

Human spaceflight image of the week: Rover and drone form an alliance for space exploration

Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly

ESA Top News - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 15:05

Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Gadgets for Mars

ESA Top News - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 13:26

A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets. 

NGC 7789: Caroline's Rose

APOD - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 06:00

Found among the rich starfields of the Milky Way, Found among the rich starfields of the Milky Way,


The Pleiades Deep and Dusty

APOD - Mon, 20/11/2017 - 11:00

The well-known Pleiades star cluster is slowly destroying part of a passing cloud of The well-known Pleiades star cluster is slowly destroying part of a passing cloud of


Integral orbits

ESA Top News - Mon, 20/11/2017 - 08:30

Visualising 15 years in space for ESA’s Integral satellite

Comet Machholz Approaches the Sun

APOD - Sun, 19/11/2017 - 09:00

Why is Comet Maccholz so depleted of carbon-containing chemicals? Why is Comet Maccholz so depleted of carbon-containing chemicals?


A Happy Sky over Los Angeles

APOD - Sat, 18/11/2017 - 07:00

Sometimes, the sky may seem to smile over much of planet Earth.  Sometimes, the sky may seem to smile over much of planet Earth.


A Colourful Moon

APOD - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 18:00

A Colourful Moon A Colourful Moon


Week in Images

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
13-17 November 2017

Salar de Atacama

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Sentinel-2 takes us over part of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile

Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 09:05

In the 248th edition, discover Chile’s largest salt flat in the Atacama Desert

Williamina Fleming's Triangular Wisp

APOD - Thu, 16/11/2017 - 16:00

Williamina Fleming's Triangular Wisp Williamina Fleming's Triangular Wisp


Fracture swarms on Mars

ESA Top News - Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:00

These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet’s crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity.

Autumn fireball

ESA Top News - Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:00

Operations image of the week: A meteoroid as big as a football was seen by thousands as it burned up in the atmosphere over Europe in the evening of 14 November 2017

Full house for EDRS

ESA Top News - Thu, 16/11/2017 - 06:43

The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.

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