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Island love

ESA Top News - Mon, 11/02/2019 - 08:12

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we will soon be expressing our love to those nearest and dearest – and maybe that can include our beautiful home planet, after all it needs all the love and care it can get.

Henize 70: A Superbubble in the LMC

APOD - Sun, 10/02/2019 - 14:00

Massive stars profoundly affect their galactic environments. Massive stars profoundly affect their galactic environments.


An Airglow Fan from Lake to Sky

APOD - Sat, 09/02/2019 - 12:00

Why would the sky look like a giant fan? Why would the sky look like a giant fan?


Swarm helps pinpoint new magnetic north for smartphones

ESA Top News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:45

Since it was first measured in 1831, we have known that the magnetic north is constantly on the move. However, its tendency to slowly roam has stepped up a pace recently – so much so that the World Magnetic Model has had to be updated urgently with the pole’s new location, vital for navigation on smartphones, for example. ESA’s magnetic field Swarm mission has been key for this update.

Week in images

ESA Top News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:30

Our week through the lens:
4 - 8 February 2019

New research opportunities on International Space Station

ESA Top News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 13:43

European research has been a part of the International Space Station since the very first expeditions to our orbiting science facility in 2001.

Science with(out) gravity

ESA Top News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:40

Infographics: Apply to run an experiment in one of ESA's many platforms and facilities for spaceflight research

LDN 1622: Dark Nebula in Orion

APOD - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 10:00

The silhouette of an intriguing The silhouette of an intriguing


Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, we explore part of Northeast Kenya with Copernicus Sentinel-2A

Northeast Kenya

ESA Top News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the arid land of northeast Kenya

Flying under Aeolus

ESA Top News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 08:10

Scientists have been busy calibrating ESA’s Aeolus wind mission, which involves flying an aircraft under the satellite’s path

Where's my spacecraft?

ESA Top News - Thu, 07/02/2019 - 16:25

Operations image of the week: How not to lose a deep-space explorer? ESA uses a 'stellar' navigation technique relying on one of the Universe's most powerful energy sources

Gaia clocks new speeds for Milky Way-Andromeda collision

ESA Top News - Thu, 07/02/2019 - 15:00

ESA’s Gaia satellite has looked beyond our Galaxy and explored two nearby galaxies to reveal the stellar motions within them and how they will one day interact and collide with the Milky Way – with surprising results.

ESA’s Mars rover has a name – Rosalind Franklin

ESA Top News - Thu, 07/02/2019 - 11:00

The ExoMars rover that will search for the building blocks of life on the Red Planet has a name: Rosalind Franklin. The prominent scientist behind the discovery of the structure of DNA will have her symbolic footprint on Mars in 2021.  

Science on a plane – ESA's next parabolic flight campaign

ESA Top News - Thu, 07/02/2019 - 10:59

In May engineers, pilots, researchers and scientists will convene in Bordeaux, France, for ESA’s 71st parabolic flight campaign. Over the course of three days they will fly on a specially-fitted commercial aircraft, testing equipment and running research as the pilots put the plane through repeated parabolas, giving the passengers and their experiments brief bouts of microgravity.

Twin Galaxies in Virgo

APOD - Thu, 07/02/2019 - 09:00

Spiral galaxy pair NGC 4567 and NGC 4568 share Spiral galaxy pair NGC 4567 and NGC 4568 share


Science key to taking the pulse of our planet

ESA Top News - Thu, 07/02/2019 - 08:00

For some, the concept of ‘science’ may seem difficult or even boring, particularly if it was taught poorly at school. However, with all of us facing the consequences of a rapidly changing world, science is fundamental to implementing adaptation and mitigation strategies. Thanks to satellites delivering critical science, we are better placed than ever before to cope with the challenges ahead.

X-ray eye of Athena

ESA Top News - Wed, 06/02/2019 - 16:00

Technology image of the week: this mirror module, consisting of dozens of silicon mirror plates, is one of hundreds that will allow ESA’s Athena to see deeper into the X-ray Universe

Business with ESA

ESA Top News - Wed, 06/02/2019 - 10:45

ESA offers space and non-space-based companies, from start-ups to large system integrators, plenty of business opportunities, expert advice, training and access to funding. Find out more

Recreating space on Earth – two facilities join ESA’s platforms for spaceflight research

ESA Top News - Wed, 06/02/2019 - 09:57

Science is everywhere but opportunities to carry out research in space can be limited. To combat this, ESA works with institutes across Europe to maintain a network of ground-based facilities that recreate aspects of spaceflight.

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