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Happy birthday ESOC

ESA Top News - Thu, 07/09/2017 - 08:37

Fifty years ago tomorrow, the European Space Operations Centre was inaugurated in Darmstadt, Germany. Since then, the centre has become known worldwide as Europe’s ‘Gateway to Space’. 

A First Glimpse of the Great American Eclipse

APOD - Thu, 07/09/2017 - 07:00

Making landfall in Oregon, the Making landfall in Oregon, the


Lunar View, Solar Eclipse

APOD - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 18:00

Swinging around the Swinging around the


Wall of noise

ESA Top News - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 14:35

Technology image of the week: the Large European Acoustic Facility, built to blast satellites with simulated launch noise, will be on view during next month’s ESA Open Day in the Netherlands

Hurricane Harvey

ESA Top News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 19:36

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Hurricane Harvey seen from the International Space Station

Panoramic Eclipse Composite with Star Trails

APOD - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:00

What was happening in the sky during last week's total solar eclipse? What was happening in the sky during last week's total solar eclipse?


Historic adventure

ESA Top News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:35

Video footage recalling the one-of-a-kind journey of Cassini's Huygens probe to the surface of Titan in 2005

Italy’s drought seen from space

ESA Top News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:25

Despite the welcome showers at the weekend, abnormally low soil-moisture conditions persist in central Italy. Scientists are using satellite data to monitor the drought that has gripped the country.

Hello, Darmstadt?

ESA Top News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 08:00

Watch our new video: 50 years of mission control in #Darmstadt #ESOC50

Researchers' night

ESA Top News - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 16:50

Highlights of European Researchers' Night at ESA's Earth Observation Centre, ESRIN, 29 September

Saturn in Blue and Gold

APOD - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 15:00

Why is Saturn partly blue? Why is Saturn partly blue?


New era in air-quality monitoring a step away

ESA Top News - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 12:14

The Sentinel-5P satellite has arrived in Plesetsk in northern Russia to be prepared for liftoff on 13 October. Built to deliver global maps of air pollutants every day and in more detail than ever before, this latest Copernicus mission will set a new standard for monitoring air quality.

Millions of stars

ESA Top News - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 09:10

Space Science Image of the Week: Boosting Gaia’s science return with a special sky-mapping mode

ESA retrieves NASA astronauts with new procedure in wake of hurricane

ESA Top News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 14:22

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson returned to Earth this morning after their stay on the International Space Station, landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan. From there, Jack and Peggy flew to ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

A Fleeting Double Eclipse of the Sun

APOD - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 13:00

Last week, for a fraction of a second, the Sun was eclipsed twice. Last week, for a fraction of a second, the Sun was eclipsed twice.


The Heart Nebula in Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Sulfur

APOD - Sat, 02/09/2017 - 11:00

What powers the Heart Nebula?  What powers the Heart Nebula?


Week in Images

ESA Top News - Fri, 01/09/2017 - 14:05

Our week through the lens:
28 August - 1 September 2017

Hurricane Harvey Strengthens

APOD - Fri, 01/09/2017 - 09:00

A large and dangerous hurricane has developed in the Gulf of Mexico. A large and dangerous hurricane has developed in the Gulf of Mexico.


Hipster hair

ESA Top News - Thu, 31/08/2017 - 11:20

Operations image of the week: Long before #MohawkGuy, ESA’s mission control had #HipsterHair

Close encounters of the stellar kind

ESA Top News - Thu, 31/08/2017 - 09:00

The movements of more than 300 000 stars surveyed by ESA’s Gaia satellite reveal that rare close encounters with our Sun might disturb the cloud of comets at the far reaches of our Solar System, sending some towards Earth in the distant future.

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