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Contract secures build of ozone-monitoring Altius satellite  ESA · 2 days
ESA has awarded a contract to QinetiQ to build Altius. This new mission will deliver profiles of concentrations of stratospheric ozone with... more
Week in images: 20-24 January 2020  ESA · 2 days
Week in images: 20-24 January 2020 Discover our week through the lens (20-24 January 2020). more
Flying solo  ESA · 2 days
Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the Sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while also studying the inner heliosphere – the bubble-like... more
Earth from Space: Deforestation in Bolivia  ESA · 2 days
Video: 00:03:15 This week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 mage over an area in the Santa Cruz Department... more
Deforestation in Bolivia  ESA · 2 days
Image: This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image features an area in the Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia, where part of the tropical dry forest has been cleared for agricultural use.Since the 1980s,... more
Two Moon rovers are better than one  ESA · 2 days
Image: ESA has signed a deal with space engineering company COMEX in France to develop an innovative double-rover architecture for lunar surface... more
Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide  ESA · 3 days
As well as providing global navigation services, Europe’s Galileo satellite constellation is acontributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying... more
Watch live: final #SpacewalkforAMS  ESA · 3 days
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan will exit the International Space Station airlock together for the fourth time Saturday 25 January. It is the ninth... more
Taal volcano blanketed by ash  ESA · 3 days
Image: The Philippines’ Taal volcano erupted on 12 January 2020 – spewing an ash plume approximately 15 km high and forcing large-scale evacuations in the nearby... more
Spacewalks, science and Beyond  ESA · 3 days
Spacewalk season continues on the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan are getting ready to step outside the Quest airlock for their... more
Second space data highway satellite set to beam  ESA · 3 days
The second satellite in the European Data Relay System has reached its intended orbit and completed its in-orbit tests.Dubbed the... more
Watch live: Copernicus4regions debate  ESA · 4 days
Copernicus4regions: live debate from the European Parliament On 23 January at 08:30 CET hear how Copernicus is used for public policies more
Call for media: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returns from commanding the Space Station  ESA · 4 days
Press Release N° 28–2020 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is returning to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. He will... more
Microbial wipe down  ESA · 4 days
Image: Sometimes doing science is as simple as wiping up. NASA astronaut Jack Fisher is seen here using a wet wipe on the surfaces of the European Cupola module of... more
Shape the future of European biology research in space  ESA · 4 days
What biology research would you conduct on the International Space Station? As the world celebrates 20 years of... more
Solar Orbiter Earth flyby  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter making a flyby at Earth.Solar Orbiter will make one gravity assist flyby of Earth and numerous flybys of Venus over the course... more
Solar Orbiter launch  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of an Atlas V 411 launching Solar Orbiter into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its mission is to perform... more
Solar Orbiter solar array deployment  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch and separation, with its solar arrays deployed. The instrument boom and antennas have not been deployed at this... more
Solar Orbiter antenna deployment  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch, with solar arrays and antennas deployed. Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its... more
Solar Orbiter separation  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following separation from the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V 411 rocket launching the mission into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of the fairing encapsulating Solar Orbiter being released following launch on an Atlas V 411.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun  ESA · 5 days
Press Release N° 27–2020 ESA’s new Sun explorer will be launched from Cape Canaveral on 6 February. Media are invited to Europe’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany,... more
Warming up for the Sun  ESA · 5 days
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the Sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  ESA · 5 days
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA’s galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights... more
XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings  ESA · 6 days
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now, for the first time, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating... more
The dynamic behaviour of a black hole corona  ESA · 6 days
Image: These illustrations show the surroundings of a black hole feeding on ambient gas as mapped using ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray... more
The Sun in 2019  ESA · 6 days
Image: The changing activity of our Sun as seen by ESA’s Proba-2 satellite in 2019.The satellite is continuously monitoring the Sun – one image was selected to represent... more
2020 Sentinels calendar  ESA · 1 week
Sentinels calendar Download the 2020 Copernicus Sentinels calendar more
ESA opens oxygen plant – making air out of moondust  ESA · 1 week
ESA’s technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. more
Earth from Space: Japanese archipelago  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:00:00 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over Japan's four main islands. See also Japanese... more
Japanese archipelago  ESA · 1 week
Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over the Japanese archipelago – a string of islands that extends about 3000 km into the western Pacific Ocean.While the archipelago is made up of... more
Ariane 5 liftoff  ESA · 1 week
Image: On 16 January 2020, Ariane 5 flight VA251 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned orbits. more
First Spacebus Neo satellite launched  ESA · 1 week
Ariane 5’s first launch of 2020 has delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned transfer orbits. Arianespace announced liftoff at 21:05 GMT (22:05... more
XMM-Newton discovers scorching gas in Milky Way’s halo  ESA · 1 week
ESA’s XMM-Newton has discovered that gas lurking within the Milky Way’s halo reaches far hotter temperatures than previously thought and... more
ExoMars Rover completes environmental tests  ESA · 1 week
Image: The Rosalind Franklin rover of the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission completed a series of environmental tests at the end of 2019 at Airbus, Toulouse, France.... more
Replay: ESA Director General's press briefing  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 01:31:40 Recording of the ESA Director General’s start-of-the-year press briefing, held at ESA headquarters in Paris, France, on 15 January 2020.This briefing, with... more
Mapping the cosmic journey of phosphorus with Rosetta and ALMA  ESA · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the combined powers of ESA’s Rosetta mission and the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array... more
Flooding in southern Iran  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in southern Iran, particularly in the Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces. The downpour has led to blocked roads and destroyed... more
Plant-powered sensor sends signal to space  ESA · 2 weeks
A device that uses electricity generated by plants as its power source has communicated via satellite – a world first.Such sensors could be used... more
High-gravity water waves  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: What might look like jelly being stirred is actually water subjected to 20 times normal Earth gravity within ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge – as part of an experiment giving... more
Back to the Moon with ESA  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:04:00 The first flight of the Artemis programme, which will see humans return to the Moon, is scheduled to begin soon. The lunar... more
Huygens landing spin mystery solved  ESA · 2 weeks
Fifteen years ago today, ESA’s Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully... more
Cheops seen by SAINT-EX telescope  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: ESA’s Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, is shown here as a long streak against a backdrop of stars as it orbits the Earth after its successful... more
Mission X 2020 Walk to the Moon challenge is open!  ESA · 2 weeks
Mission X: train like an astronaut is an international educational challenge, focusing on health, science, fitness and... more
Up in smoke  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: Another pair of eyes provides a sobering perspective on the fires ravaging Australia. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano took images such as this one on 12 January from his vantage... more
Watch: ESA Director General’s press briefing  ESA · 2 weeks
Follow the ESA Director General’s start-of-the-year press briefing at 08:30 GMT (09:30 CET) on 15 January 2020.  more
First Spacebus Neo satellite set for launch  ESA · 2 weeks
The first satellite developed under an initiative to help European industry deliver competitive satellites for the commercial telecommunications market has entered its... more
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