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3D Bennu

APOD - Wed, 19/12/2018 - 15:00

Put on your red/blue glasses and float next to asteroid Put on your red/blue glasses and float next to asteroid


Where missions start

ESA Top News - Wed, 19/12/2018 - 13:00

Technology image of the week: ESA’s Concurrent Design Facility, the cradle of future space missions, is celebrating its 20th birthday

Self-driving rovers tested in Mars-like Morocco

ESA Top News - Wed, 19/12/2018 - 12:50

Robots invaded the Sahara Desert for Europe’s largest rover field test, taking place in a Mars-like part of Morocco. For two weeks three rovers and more than 40 engineers tested automated navigation systems at up to five different sites.

It's cold inside

ESA Top News - Tue, 18/12/2018 - 16:05

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Space Station freezer features in a holiday tradition

Fake plastic atoms

ESA Top News - Tue, 18/12/2018 - 14:26

Our world is made of atoms and molecules, but even with the most powerful microscopes we can only see snapshots, never how they move and interact with each other. To model how atoms behave, researchers have been using plastic particles in weightlessness and the latest batch of results are returning to Earth with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in a Soyuz spacecraft on Thursday.

Back home for Christmas

ESA Top News - Tue, 18/12/2018 - 13:55

Watch ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst return to Earth

M43: Orion Falls

APOD - Tue, 18/12/2018 - 13:00

Is there a waterfall in Orion? Is there a waterfall in Orion?


BepiColombo’s first routine firing in space

ESA Top News - Tue, 18/12/2018 - 10:48

On Monday this week, BepiColombo began its very first routine electric propulsion firing.

Winning ideas for new space transport services

ESA Top News - Tue, 18/12/2018 - 08:00

Imagine moving satellites to higher orbits, collecting space debris, and dedicated launches for small satellites. These are the winning entries of ESA’s call for ideas on new commercial space transportation services.

ESA’s 25 years of telecom: looking to the horizon

ESA Top News - Tue, 18/12/2018 - 06:50

As ESA’s umbrella programme for telecom, ARTES, celebrates its 25th year, we have examined why it was set up, how it and the European satcom environment have evolved, and the opportunities and challenges that both face today. In this final instalment, we look at what the future holds.

Arp 188 and the Tadpole's Tail

APOD - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 11:00

Why does this galaxy have such a Why does this galaxy have such a


Gaming with Galileo: new Android smartphone apps published

ESA Top News - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 08:15

Use Europe’s satellite navigation system to seek treasure in virtual mazes or ‘see’ Galileos as they cross the sky above you: two new Android smartphone apps based on Galileo are now available for general download, the results of a competition by ESA trainees.

Evergreen comet

ESA Top News - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 08:00

Comet 46P/Wirtanen, the original target of ESA’s Rosetta mission, is visiting our skies this December

Sound and Light Captured by Mars InSight

APOD - Sun, 16/12/2018 - 09:00

Your arm on Mars has unusual powers. Your arm on Mars has unusual powers.


Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash

APOD - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 07:00

Some night skies are serene and passive -- others shimmer and flash. Some night skies are serene and passive -- others shimmer and flash.


Tiny Planet Timelapse

APOD - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 18:00

You can pack a lot of sky watching into 30 seconds on this tiny planet. You can pack a lot of sky watching into 30 seconds on this tiny planet.


Week in images

ESA Top News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
10 - 14 December 2018

Update from ESA Council, December 2018

ESA Top News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 12:01

The ESA Council held its 277th meeting at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt on 12 and 13 December 2018.

December comet brings back Rosetta memories

ESA Top News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 11:00

A special visitor is crossing the sky: Comet 46P/Wirtanen, sighted with telescopes and binoculars in recent weeks, is on the way to its closest approach to Earth this weekend, when it might become visible to the naked eye.

Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 09:05

In this week's edition, we explore part of northwest Slovenia with Copernicus Sentinel-2
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