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Astronomy
23.09.2014
How to catch a Dragon
Title Dragon-4 Released 23/09/2014 5:14 pm Copyright NASA Description Despite running the International Space Station with just three crewmembers, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and N
Medicine/Pharmacology
23.09.2014
ESA spaceplane on its way
23 September 2014 The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is ready to fly and left the Netherlands today for the launch site in French Guiana. In preparation for its arrival, the first stage of the Vega rocket that will loft IXV has already been moved to the launch pad. This marks the beginning of the campaign for Vega's fourth flight, planned for mid-November.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
22.09.2014
A cosmic hurricane
Perspective view of Hooke crater in Argyre basin Hooke crater is located near the northern edge of the 1800 km-wide Argyre basin, one of the most impressive impact structures on Mars, excavated in a giant collision about 4 billion years ago.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
19.09.2014
Winter in Argyre
19 September 2014 Over billions of years, the southern uplands of Mars have been pockmarked by numerous impact features, which are often so closely packed that they overlap.
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
18.09.2014
Halfway through Blue Dot mission
18 September 2014 Halfway through his six-month Blue Dot mission, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is sharing the International Space Station with only two colleagues: Maxim Suraev and Reid Wiseman.
Environmental Sciences - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
18.09.2014
Lemon juice: new ingredient for space designers?
18 September 2014 Corrosion resistance and high strength put stainless steel high on the list of essential materials for satellite and rocket designers. Now ESA plans to investigate an alternative, environmental-friendly method of readying this important metal. Back in 1913, metallurgist Harry Brearley glanced at a pile of experimental steel alloys, rejected for not being hard enough, and noticed one specimen that gleamed as bright as new, rather than rusting like all the rest.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Astronomy
17.09.2014
Astronomy
16.09.2014
Hands-free in space and under water
16 September 2014 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is looking forward to flying to the International Space Station next year but until yesterday he was underwater trying out a handy new device he will use in space.
Astronomy
15.09.2014
’J’ marks the spot for Rosetta’s lander
15 September 2014 Rosetta's lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.
Astronomy
12.09.2014
The long descent
12 September 2014 ESA's five 'cavenauts' and their instructors are set to explore the caves of Sardinia, Italy, where they will live and work during their six-day stay.
Astronomy
12.09.2014
Where to land?
Since ESA's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August, the race has been on to find a suitable location for the lander Philae.
Business/Economics
12.09.2014
Not just cool - it’s a gas
12 September 2014 In space, a new way of producing gas is being tested for steering satellites. On Earth, it is now fighting fires without harming the environment - and business insiders say it could be revolutionary.
Astronomy
12.09.2014
Gaia discovers its first supernova
12 September 2014 While scanning the sky to measure the positions and movements of stars in our Galaxy, Gaia has discovered its first stellar explosion in another galaxy far, far away. This powerful event, now named Gaia14aaa, took place in a distant galaxy some 500 million light-years away, and was revealed via a sudden rise in the galaxy's brightness between two Gaia observations separated by one month.
Astronomy
12.09.2014
Astronomy
10.09.2014
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
10.09.2014
Europe’s new age of metals begins
10 September 2014 ESA has joined forces with other leading research institutions and more than 180 European companies in a billion-euro effort developing new types of metals and manufacturing techniques for this century.
Astronomy - Social Sciences
10.09.2014
ESA’s bug-eyed telescope to spot risky asteroids
10 September 2014 Spotting Earth-threatening asteroids is tough partly because the sky is so big. But insects offer an answer, since they figured out long ago how to look in many directions at once. As part of the global effort to hunt out risky celestial objects such as asteroids and comets, ESA is developing an automated telescope for nightly sky surveys.
Astronomy
09.09.2014
Business/Economics
09.09.2014
Environmental Sciences - Astronomy
05.09.2014
Bardarbunga belches
Title A cosmic hurricane Released 22/09/2014 10:43 am Copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University Description The giant planet Saturn is mostly a gigantic ball of rotating gas, completely unlike our solid home planet.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Astronomy
05.09.2014
Join us for SocialSpace
9 September 2014 Satellites are linking mobile breast cancer screening units directly to hospitals so that radiologists can start their diagnoses earlier.
Earth Sciences
02.09.2014
Radar vision maps Napa Valley earthquake
Title ESRO-4 readied for solar simulation testing Released 18/09/2014 9:48 am Copyright ESA Description The ESRO-4 satellite being prepared for solar simulation testing in Building 24 of the ESTEC technical centre in early 1972.
Event
28.08.2014
Astronomy
28.08.2014
Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly
Lake Gairdner Lake Gairdner in central South Australia is pictured in this image acquired by Japan's ALOS satellite on 1 December 2009.
Astronomy - Social Sciences
21.08.2014
Astronomy
20.08.2014
ESA and CNES experts ready for Galileo’s first orbits
20 August 2014 Lift-off for Galileo satellites 5 and 6 is set for Thursday, 21 August, at 12:31 GMT (14:31 CEST) on a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana.
Astronomy
20.08.2014
Watch the launch
On 21 August, at 12:31 UTC/14:31 CEST, a Soyuz rocket will launch the fifth and sixth Galileo satellites from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Astronomy
19.08.2014
Doing what ATV does best
Title Doing what ATV does best Released 19/08/2014 1:40 pm Copyright Roscosmos/O. Artemiev Description Shortly before the docking of ATV Georges Lemaître on 12 August 2014, ES
Astronomy
19.08.2014
Astronomy
18.08.2014
Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday’s launch
18 August 2014 Final functional testing of Europe's twin Galileo navigation satellites has been completed at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, on track for launch this Thursday.
Earth Sciences
18.08.2014
Mars Deep down
18 August 2014 Scarring the southern highlands of Mars is one of the Solar System's largest impact basins: Hellas, with a diameter of 2300 km and a depth of over 7 km.
Astronomy
12.08.2014
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
12.08.2014
ATV completes final automated docking
12 August 2014 In a flawless demonstration of technology and skill, ESA's fifth and final ATV, Georges Lemaître, docked with the International Space Station today, fixing itself firmly for a six-month resupply and reboost mission.
Astronomy
11.08.2014
Introducing this year’s underground astronauts
11 August 2014 Each year, ESA sends up to six astronauts down into the caves of Sardinia, Italy, for two weeks on a simulated space mission.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
11.08.2014
ESA’s cargo vessel ready for space delivery
11 August 2014 ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle is set to dock with the International Space Station on Tuesday, delivering more than six tonnes of crucial supplies and scientific experiments to the orbiting research base.
Astronomy
11.08.2014
Little and large
Title Saturn's moon Rhea, Epimetheus transiting Released 11/08/2014 11:31 am Copyright Image data credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute; Processed image copyright: G. Ugarkovi? Description Saturn has a great many more moons than our planet - a whopping 62.
Computer Science/Telecom
08.08.2014
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Computer Science/Telecom
07.08.2014
Astronomy
06.08.2014
Rosetta arrival replay
Title Rosetta at comet: Arrival & orbit entry Released 06/08/2014 Length 01:37:42 Language English Footage Type Live Footage Copyright ESA Description Webcast from ESA/ES
06.08.2014
Postcards from Rosetta
Comet details Stunning close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the 'base' of the 'body' section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Astronomy
05.08.2014
History/Archeology
05.08.2014
Astronomy
04.08.2014
Flying the flag for Gaia
Title Handover of the Gaia flag to mark start of science operations Released 04/08/2014 11:05 am Copyright ESA Description Seven months after launch and following extensive commissioning, ESA's Gaia satellite is ready to start its scientific mission.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
01.08.2014
Rosetta takes comet’s temperature
1 August 2014 ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, finding that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.
Astronomy
01.08.2014
How Rosetta arrives at a comet
1 August 2014 After travelling nearly 6.4 billion kilometres through the Solar System, ESA's Rosetta is closing in on its target.
Astronomy
01.08.2014
History/Archeology
31.07.2014
Astronomy
31.07.2014
ATV set loose
Title ATV-5 separation from Ariane 5 Released 31/07/2014 Length 00:01:14 Language English Footage Type Exterior shot Copyright ESA/Arianespace Description These images we
Astronomy
30.07.2014
Costa Concordia tow
Title Towing the Costa Concordia Released 30/07/2014 4:40 pm Copyright ESA Description This Sentinel-1A image was acquired on 26 July 2014 over the coast of northwestern Italy while the Costa Concordia cruise ship (enlarged) was being towed towards the city of Genoa.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
30.07.2014
Lifetime of gravity measurements heralds new beginning
30 July 2014 Although ESA's GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been drawn together to offer new opportunities for science. Carrying the first 3D gravity sensor in space, this state-of-the-art satellite measured Earth's gravity with unprecedented accuracy.
Astronomy
30.07.2014
Astronomy
30.07.2014
Astronomy
30.07.2014
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
29.07.2014
Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station
29 July 2014 The fifth and final mission of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle got off to a flying start today with its launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, heading for the International Space Station.
Astronomy
29.07.2014
Gaia: ’Go’ for science
29 July 2014 Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges, ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its science mission. The satellite was launched on 19 December 2013, and is orbiting a virtual location in space 1.5 million kilometres from Earth.
Astronomy
29.07.2014
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
28.07.2014
Venus Express: up above the clouds so high
28 July 2014 ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months.
Astronomy
28.07.2014
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
28.07.2014
Our flocculent neighbour
Title Nearby M33 galaxy blossoming with star birth Released 28/07/2014 10:12 am Copyright ESA/Herschel/PACS/HerM33es Key Programme/C. Kramer/M. Boquien Description The sp
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
25.07.2014
Timely arrival of Pharao space clock
25 July 2014 ESA has welcomed the arrival of Pharao, an important part of ESA's atomic clock experiment that will be attached to the International Space Station in 2016.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
25.07.2014
Cal Madow
Title Cal Madow mountain range, Somalia Released 25/07/2014 10:00 am Copyright JAXA/ESA Description Northern Somalia's Cal Madow mountain range is pictured in this image from Japan's ALOS satellite.
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
23.07.2014
ATV-5: loaded and locked
23 July 2014 ESA's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Astronomy
23.07.2014
Galileo’s ’midwives’ stand ready for launch
23 July 2014 Galileo's post-launch team at ESA have finalised their preparations for taking control of the twin satellites being launched next month.
Astronomy
22.07.2014
Au!
Title Aausat4 Released 22/07/2014 2:21 pm Copyright Jari Makinen Description The miniature Aausat satellite undergoes repeated temperature variations in a vacuum chamber, cooling the CubeSat to -10°C and heating it to +45°C for more than two weeks.
Astronomy - Social Sciences
22.07.2014
Call Alex: live SocialSpace with Alexander Gerst in orbit
22 July 2014 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is sharing beautiful photographs from space on his social media pages.
Astronomy
21.07.2014
Astronomy
21.07.2014
Messy peaks of Zucchius
Title The messy peaks of Zucchius Released 21/07/2014 10:29 am Copyright ESA/SMART-1/AMIE camera team/ Space Exploration Institute Description Even to the naked eye, our Moon looks heavily cratered.
Astronomy
18.07.2014
ESA mission name for astronaut Tim Peake: Principia
18 July 2014 When ESA astronaut Tim Peake sets off for his six-month space journey next year, he will be flying under the mission name of Principia.
Astronomy
18.07.2014
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
17.07.2014
ATV’s fiery break-up to be seen from inside
17 July 2014 As ESA's remaining supply ferry to the International Space Station burns up in the atmosphere, its final moments as its hull disintegrates will be recorded from the inside by a unique infrared camera.
Astronomy
16.07.2014
Finding NEEMO
NEEMO - NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations - trains astronauts for life in space. Living and working in an underwater base is similar to being on a space station.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
16.07.2014
ESA’s spaceplane set for flight
16 July 2014 All eyes are on ESA's spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November.
Astronomy
15.07.2014
Test driving rover
Title Test driving remote-control rover Released 14/07/2014 11:58 am Copyright ESA-L. Wellard Description A team at ESA's Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Darmstadt
Astronomy - Administration/Government
14.07.2014
FIA in images
Jean-Jacques Dordain and Arlene Forster Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, presents to Arlene Forster, Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland, the ESA's exhibition at the Farnborough air and space show, on 15 July 2014.
Astronomy
14.07.2014
Extreme explosion
Title Extreme explosion Released 14/07/2014 9:56 am Copyright ESA, illustration by ESA/ECF Description The electromagnetic spectrum is vast, ranging from high-energy gamma rays all the way to low-energy radio waves.
Astronomy
11.07.2014
Venus Express rises again
11 July 2014 After a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus down to just 130 km from the planet's surface, ESA's Venus Express is about to embark on a 15 day climb up to the lofty heights of 460 km.
Astronomy
11.07.2014
Dry runs preparing for underground astronauts
11 July 2014 ESA trainers and caving specialists recently went underground in Sardinia, Italy to set the scene for space-like astronaut training later this summer.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
11.07.2014
Earth Sciences - Environmental Sciences
11.07.2014
Rio
Title Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Released 11/07/2014 10:00 am Copyright ESA Description Guanabara Bay in southeast Brazil is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-1A satellite.
Physics/Materials Science
10.07.2014
Closer and closer
Comet on 4 July 2014 Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by the narrow angle camera of Rosetta's scientific imaging system, OSIRIS, on 4 July 2014, at a distance of 37 000 km. The three images are separated by 4 hours, and are shown in order from left to right. The comet has a rotation period of about 12.4 hours.
Astronomy
10.07.2014
Forces of martian nature
10 July 2014 The surface of Mars is pocked and scarred with giant impact craters and rocky ridges, as shown in this new image from ESA's Mars Express that borders the giant Hellas basin in the planet's southern hemisphere.
Astronomy - Event
09.07.2014
Rosetta, are we there yet?
9 July 2014 After a 10-year journey that has clocked up more than 6 billion kilometres, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is rapidly closing in on its destination comet, and ESA is inviting you along for the ride.
Astronomy
08.07.2014
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
07.07.2014
Farewell Lutetia
Title Farewell Lutetia Released 07/07/2014 10:20 am Copyright ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA Description This ethereal image shows a stunning s
Earth Sciences
04.07.2014
Pinatubo
Title Mount Pinatubo, Philippines Released 04/07/2014 10:05 am Copyright ESA Description This image from the Sentinel-1A radar satellite on 6 June shows part of the Philippine island of Luzon with Mount Pinatubo.
Astronomy - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
03.07.2014
Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers
3 July 2014 The dramatic conclusion to ESA's latest StarTiger project: a 'dropship' quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. StarTiger's Dropter project was tasked with developing and demonstrating a European precision-landing capability for Mars and other targets.
Astronomy
02.07.2014
Unboxing a spaceplane
Title Unboxing IXV Released 02/07/2014 8:25 am Copyright ESA-Anneke Le Floc'h Description The moment when ESA's IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is removed from its protective container, safely inside the cleanroom environment of the Agency's Technical Centre.
Astronomy
01.07.2014
Canada Day
Title St Lawrence Released 01/07/2014 10:23 am Copyright ESA/NASA Description A view of Canada under the clouds seen from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Astronomy
01.07.2014
Spot the Space Station looking at you
1 July 2014 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and five astronauts from America and Russia are flying on the International Space Station 400 km above us - but did you know they are sharing live views of our planet and you can even see their home at night?
Astronomy - Chemistry
01.07.2014
Young sun’s violent history solves meteorite mystery
1 July 2014 Astronomers using ESA's Herschel space observatory to probe the turbulent beginnings of a Sun-like star have found evidence of mighty stellar winds that could solve a puzzling meteorite mystery in our own back yard.
Astronomy
30.06.2014
Rosetta’s comet ’sweats’ two glasses of water a second
30 June 2014 ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has found that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is releasing the equivalent of two small glasses of water into space every second, even at a cold 583 million kilometres from the Sun.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
30.06.2014
Saturn’s shadows
Title Saturn's shadows Released 30/06/2014 10:30 am Copyright NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Description It may seem odd to think of planets casting shadows out in the inky blackness of space, but it is a common phenomenon.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
27.06.2014
Closing the recycling circle
27 June 2014 The International Space Station welcomes up to eight supply vessels a year bringing oxygen, water and food for the six astronauts continuously circling our planet.
Astronomy
27.06.2014
Athena to study the hot and energetic Universe
27 June 2014 ESA has selected the Athena advanced telescope for high-energy astrophysics as its second 'Large-class' science mission.
Astronomy
27.06.2014
How dry Iran
Title Rud-e-Gaz and Rud-e-Hara wetlands Released 27/06/2014 10:00 am Copyright JAXA/ESA Description This image over a remote area in southern Iran was acquired by Japan's ALOS satellite on 10 December 2009.
Astronomy
26.06.2014
Medicine/Pharmacology - Astronomy
26.06.2014
Astronaut health check with single drop of blood
26 June 2014 ESA is building a prototype tester for crews on the International Space Station to provide diagnoses within a few minutes from a pinprick of blood. The ultimate device will offer rapid health checks and results for scientific research. The droplet is placed on a portable device built around a disc like a mini-DVD.
Astronomy
25.06.2014
ATV’s last journey
Last ATV liftoff Liftoff of an Ariane 5 launcher from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana with ESA's last Automated Transfer Vehicle to the International Space Station.
Chemistry - Astronomy
25.06.2014
Exit wound
Title ATV shielding after impact test Released 24/06/2014 4:13 pm Copyright ESA-Stijn Laagland Description An exit hole through Kevlar-Nextel fabric after hypervelocity testing of the multilayer shielding for ESA's ATV space freighter, simulating an impact by space debris.
Astronomy
25.06.2014
Going underground
Title Caves dry run Released 23/06/2014 3:15 pm Copyright ESA-A. Romeo Description ESA's team of astronaut trainers spent last week in the caves of Sardinia preparing for CAVES 2014, a two-week course for astronauts to get to grips with living in extreme conditions.
Earth Sciences
24.06.2014
Bringing back our spaceplane
24 June 2014 Yesterday, the ship and crew aiming to recover Europe's unmanned IXV spacecraft in November had a practice run off the coast of Tuscany, Italy.
Astronomy
23.06.2014
From oldest to youngest
Title From oldest to youngest: a line of star nurseries Released 23/06/2014 10:01 am Copyright ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/HOBYS Key Programme consortium Description Just as children ar
Astronomy - Medicine/Pharmacology
20.06.2014
Science and spacewalks on Space Station
20 June 2014 Three weeks into ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station and the new arrival is now spending more time on scientific research in the microgravity laboratory.
Chemistry
20.06.2014
Does 3D printing have the right stuff?
20 June 2014 3D-printed parts promise a revolution in the space industry, rapidly creating almost any object needed.
Astronomy - Life Sciences
20.06.2014
Ridges and furrows
Title Dasht-e Lut desert detail Released 19/06/2014 10:01 am Copyright KARI/ESA Description Wind-carved ridges and furrows in southeast Iran's Dasht-e Lut salt desert are pictured in this satellite image.
Astronomy
19.06.2014
Rosetta’s comet: expect the unexpected
19 June 2014 An image snapped earlier this month by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows its target comet has quietened, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of these enigmatic objects.
Astronomy
19.06.2014
Magnetic field update
Title Earth's ever-changing magnetic field Released 19/06/2014 Length 00:01:56 Language English Footage Type Animation Copyright ESA/Dot2Dot Description This animation s
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
17.06.2014
New molecules around old stars
17 June 2014 Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars.
Life Sciences - Astronomy
17.06.2014
Space-brain networking
Title Space-brain networking Released 17/06/2014 11:02 am Copyright University of Antwerpen Description An advanced MRI scan of a human brain showing neural networks.
Astronomy
16.06.2014
Solar necklace
Title Necklaces of solar activity Released 16/06/2014 8:36 am Copyright SOHO (ESA & NASA) Description Back in 1998, the Sun was behaving as expected.
Environmental Sciences - Astronomy
13.06.2014
Monitoring climate change from space
13 June 2014 How do measurements from satellites flying above Earth provide essential information on the effects of climate change on our planet? Scientific and political organisations considered the question in London today. Held at the Royal Society, the 'Space: the new view on climate change' event focused on climate change monitoring by satellites and the achievements of ESA's Climate Change Initiative.
Astronomy
13.06.2014
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
13.06.2014
Greenland streams
Title Southwestern coast of Greenland Released 13/06/2014 10:00 am Copyright USGS/ESA Description On the southwestern coast of Greenland, multiple ice streams that drain the Greenland ice sheet are pictured in this satellite image.
Astronomy
12.06.2014
Physics/Materials Science
12.06.2014
Hailing Hertz
Title Renaming ESA's antenna test chamber Released 12/06/2014 11:42 am Copyright ESA-Peter de Maagt Description Selected after a worldwide competition, the new name of ESA's recently
Astronomy
10.06.2014
Underwater return for Andreas and Thomas
10 June 2014 ESA astronauts Andreas Mogensen and Thomas Pesquet spent five days last year as part of NASA's underwater project to test technologies that could be used in future space missions - and now they will return to the seas this year in July and September.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
10.06.2014
Station over Darmstadt
Title Station over Darmstadt Released 10/06/2014 11:13 am Copyright Michael Khan Description This image is a composite of nine photos taken 5-10 minutes after midnight on 6-7 June 2
Astronomy
10.06.2014
Astronomy - Administration/Government
06.06.2014
Space weather report for an alien world
6 June 2014 For the first time, ESA is providing regular space-weather reports for a spacecraft orbiting another planet.
Astronomy
06.06.2014
Earth Sciences - Environmental Sciences
06.06.2014
Mount Kenya
Title Mount Kenya Released 06/06/2014 10:00 am Copyright JAXA/ESA Description Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, is pictured in this image from Japan's ALOS satellite from 25 February 2011.
Environmental Sciences
05.06.2014
Drowning islands
Title Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives Released 05/06/2014 3:46 pm Copyright KARI/ESA Description 'Raise your voice, not the sea level' is the theme for today's World Environment Day.
Astronomy - Social Sciences
05.06.2014
Alexander’s first week in space
5 June 2014 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has now spent a week in space on the International Space Station.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
04.06.2014
Colourful Universe
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Earth Sciences
03.06.2014
Solar Orbiter’s shield takes Sun’s heat
3 June 2014 ESA's Solar Orbiter mission has undergone its latest major test: its protective shield has been subjected to concentrated sunlight to prove it can cope with the fierce temperatures close in to our parent star. A 'structural-thermal' version of the craft's sunshield was recently exposed to an artificial Sun for two weeks in Europe's largest vacuum chamber at ESA's Technical Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
03.06.2014
One docking ring to rule them all
Connecting spacecraft in orbit will never be simple, but ESA is taking the next step to allow the next generation of vehicles of all types from around the world to link up with each other.
Astronomy
03.06.2014
Astronomy
02.06.2014
Satellites improving lives in rural Africa
2 June 2014 An ESA-supported project is showing how satcoms can help farmers, voters and educators in rural Africa.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
02.06.2014
Blowing cosmic bubbles
Title Pulsar encased in supernova bubble Released 02/06/2014 10:00 am Copyright ESA/XMM-Newton/ L. Oskinova/M. Guerrero; CTIO/R. Gruendl/Y.H. Chu Description Massive stars end their lives with a bang: exploding as spectacular supernovas, they release huge amounts of mass and energy into space.
Social Sciences
30.05.2014
Ten year-old Dragon gains new strength
30 May 2014 As ESA and China mark a decade of cooperation, imagery over China's Poyang lake is testament to the new Sentinel satellite's promise of continued radar data acquisition for a multitude of applications. The Poyang lake in southern China's Jiangxi province is the largest freshwater lake in the country.
Architecture
30.05.2014
Rhine waters
Title Lake Constance Released 30/05/2014 10:00 am Copyright ESA Description The freshwater Lake Constance in Central Europe is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-1A satellite.
Astronomy
29.05.2014
Welcome aboard
Soyuz TMA-13M liftoff The liftoff of Expedition 40/41 with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Roscosmos commander Maxim Suraev from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 28 May 2014, in Soyuz TMA-13M, en route for the International Space Station.
Astronomy
29.05.2014
Astronomy
29.05.2014
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
29.05.2014
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst arrives at Space Station
29 May 2014 A Soyuz spacecraft launched last night from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan docked with the International Space Station in the early hours of this morning.
28.05.2014
Life Sciences
28.05.2014
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
28.05.2014
Sentinel-1 aids Balkan flood relief
28 May 2014 Although not yet operational, the new Sentinel-1A satellite has provided radar data for mapping the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Astronomy
27.05.2014
Astronomy - Medicine/Pharmacology
26.05.2014
Expedition 40 all set to go
26 May 2014 From unusual training to upholding cherished traditions, everything is being done to ensure that ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and his crewmates arrive at the International Space Station
Astronomy
26.05.2014
A peppering of craters
Title A peppering of craters at the Moon's south pole Released 12/03/2008 11:57 am Copyright ESA/SMART-1/AMIE camera team; image mosaic: M. Ellouzi/B. Foing Description The dark and shadowed regions of the Moon fascinate astronomers and Pink Floyd fans alike.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
23.05.2014
Jordanian camp
Title Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan Released 23/05/2014 9:11 am Copyright KARI/ESA Description This satellite image shows an area 13 km east of the city of Mafraq in northern Jordan.
Astronomy
22.05.2014
Munich to Alexander: all systems go
22 May 2014 An atmosphere of rising excitement can be sensed in the control centre: everything is ready for ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's voyage to the International Space Station blasting off next Wednesday.
Astronomy - Agronomy/Food Science
21.05.2014
Water mission boosts food security
21 May 2014 ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle - this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine.
Event
21.05.2014
Astronomy
20.05.2014
Astronomy
20.05.2014
ILA in images
Angela Merkel at the 'Space for Earth' space pavilion at ILA The first documents signalling the go-ahead for Europe's fleet of MetOp Second Generation weather satellites were signed by Volker Liebig, ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes, and Michael Menking, Head of Airbus Defence & Space's Earth Observation, Navigation and Science Programmes at the Berlin Air Show on 20 May 2014.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
19.05.2014
Wubbo Ockels, 1946-2014
19 May 2014 Former ESA astronaut Wubbo Ockels passed away yesterday in a hospital in the Netherlands.
Astronomy
19.05.2014
Astronomy
16.05.2014
Blood science
14 May 2014 Four years of training, a hair-raising launch strapped to 274 tonnes of rocket propellants, docking two spacecraft travelling at 28 800 km/h and living in one of the most inhospitable environments known.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
16.05.2014
Venus Express gets ready to take the plunge
16 May 2014 After eight years in orbit, ESA's Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet's hostile atmosphere.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
16.05.2014
Unveiling Venus
Views of Venus day and night side This sequence of images was taken by the Ultraviolet/Visible/Near-Infrared spectrometer (VIRTIS) on board ESA's Venus Express spacecraft between 12 and 19 April 2006, during the first orbit (capture orbit) around the planet.
Astronomy
16.05.2014
ESA’s new X-ray optics for observing the hot Universe
16 May 2014 A new idea to use super-polished silicon wafers as the heart of a telescope is set to reveal more of the hot, high-energy Universe, peering back into its turbulent history.
Astronomy - Business/Economics
16.05.2014
ILA 2014
16 May 2014 ESA will be exhibiting in the 'Space for Earth' space pavilion at ILA, the Berlin Air and Space Show on 20-25 May.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
16.05.2014
Tropical snow
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Astronomy
15.05.2014
A light-speed voyage to the distant future
15 May 2014 An enthusiastic group of schoolchildren sent a greeting to the future today, beaming a radio signal into space via an ESA tracking station in Spain.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
15.05.2014
Rosetta’s target comet is becoming active
15 May 2014 The target of ESA's Rosetta mission has started to reveal its true personality as a comet, its dusty veil clearly developing over the last six weeks.
Environmental Sciences
14.05.2014
Ice mission and extreme camping
14 May 2014 While camping may appeal to some, scientists recently took the pastime to punishing limits. Enduring the bitter Arctic cold out on the sea ice, they were part of a major international effort to ensure ESA's CryoSat satellite is delivering a true picture of Earth's changing ice. Considered a barometer of climate change, diminishing polar ice has been a hot topic for a number of years.
Astronomy
14.05.2014
Exit Galileo
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Astronomy
13.05.2014
Mars on Earth
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Business/Economics - Astronomy
13.05.2014
Copernicus benefitting society and the environment
13 May 2014 The financial benefits of the Copernicus programme, as well as opportunities for sustainable economic growth and job creation in Europe, came into focus recently in Athens, Greece.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
13.05.2014
Earth from Space
Title Giant solar flare Released 15/09/2014 2:49 pm Copyright ESA/NASA Description Halloween 2003 will live forever in the annals of solar history.
Astronomy - Computer Science/Telecom
12.05.2014
Satellites helping to modernise railways
12 May 2014 Satellites will soon make train travel safer by improving how the networks are controlled in remote areas where ground equipment is too costly.
Astronomy
12.05.2014
A moon and a planet align
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Astronomy
09.05.2014
Blue Dot
Relive the launch, docking and entry into the International Space Station of ESA's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Reid Wiseman and Roscosmos commander Maxim Suraev ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst arrives at
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
09.05.2014
Sentinel’s salty scan
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Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
08.05.2014
Experts demonstrate versatility of Sentinel-1
8 May 2014 From climate change monitoring to supporting humanitarian aid and crisis situations, early data applications from the month-old Sentinel-1A satellite show how the radar mission's critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe. Launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 3 April, Sentinel-1A is the first satellite in Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring network.
Astronomy
07.05.2014
Next Galileo satellites arrive at Europe’s Spaceport
7 May 2014 Europe's two latest Galileo navigation satellites touched down today at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, ready for their joint launch this summer.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
07.05.2014
Exoskeleton to remote-control robot - live
7 May 2014 Visionary 'rocket scientists' will share their ideas on Thursday, 8 May at the TEDx RocketMinds event at ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
Astronomy
07.05.2014
Swarm’s precise sense of magnetism
7 May 2014 Although they were launched only five months ago, ESA's trio of Swarm satellites are already delivering results with a precision that took earlier missions 10 years to achieve.
Life Sciences - Astronomy
07.05.2014
Happy Birthday, Proba-V
South America and the Andes mountains An unusual view of South America and the Andes mountains, acquired by Proba-V on 23 April 2014.
Astronomy
07.05.2014
Extreme sunshade
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Astronomy
06.05.2014
Astronomy - Life Sciences
06.05.2014
Space brings fresh water to Morocco
6 May 2014 Recycling waste water and urine into drinking water is not only for astronauts - the same method is now treating groundwater for a school in Morocco. The village of Sidi Taïbi near Kenitra, 30 km from Morroco's capital city Rabat, has grown rapidly in recent years, and providing fresh water to its inhabitants is difficult because the groundwater is so rich in nitrates and fertiliser it is unsuitable for human consumption.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
06.05.2014
Galactic fingerprint
6 May 2014 Our Galaxy's magnetic field is revealed in a new image from ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of 'polarised' light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way. Light is a very familiar form of energy and yet some of its properties are all but hidden to everyday human experience.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
05.05.2014
Saturn’s rainbow rings
Views: 463 Rating: 4.90 /5 ( 10 votes cast) Comments: 0 Thank you for rating! You have already rated this page, you can only rate it once! Your rating has been changed, thanks for rating! Title Saturn's rainbow rings Released 05/05/2014 11:55 am Copyright NASA/JPL/University of Colorado Description This colourful cosmic rainbow portrays a section of Saturn's beautiful rings, four centuries after they were discovered by Galileo Galilei.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
02.05.2014
Desert bullseye
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Astronomy
30.04.2014
Reaching across space
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Astronomy
30.04.2014
Latest Galileo satellite arrives at ESA’s test centre
30 April 2014 Europe's latest Galileo navigation satellite has arrived at the Agency's Netherlands-based technical centre for testing, as the previous two satellites are prepared for transport to French Guiana for launch in summer this year. The new satellite travelled safely enclosed within an air-conditioned and environmentally-controlled protective container from its manufacturer, OHB in Bremen, Germany, to ESA's ESTEC Test Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
Astronomy
30.04.2014
Commercial liftoff for Europe’s smallest launcher
30 April 2014 The third launch by Europe's new small launcher, Vega, has delivered Kazakhstan's first satellite for high-resolution Earth observation into its planned orbit.
Astronomy
29.04.2014
Phobos occults
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Astronomy - Earth Sciences
28.04.2014
Safer flying with satcom weather app
28 April 2014 Pilots using a satellite service can now receive inflight updates on weather hazards and warn other aircraft of storms they see ahead.
Astronomy
28.04.2014
Andreas Mogensen’s mission name links cosmos and Earth
28 April 2014 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen's mission next year to the International Space Station now has a name: iriss.
Astronomy
28.04.2014
Galactic jewels
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History/Archeology
25.04.2014
Europe’s space odyssey
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Astronomy
25.04.2014
Laser-powered farewell to Moon mission
25 April 2014 Just before NASA's latest Moon mission ended last week, an ESA telescope received laser signals from the spacecraft, achieving data speeds like those used by many to watch movies at home via fibre-optic Internet.
Astronomy - Agronomy/Food Science
25.04.2014
Sampling Sentinel
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Environmental Sciences
22.04.2014
Astronomy - Social Sciences
22.04.2014
X-raying the cosmos
Views: 438 Rating: 4.63 /5 ( 16 votes cast) Comments: 0 Thank you for rating! You have already rated this page, you can only rate it once! Your rating has been changed, thanks for rating! Title An X-ray view of the COSMOS field Released 22/04/2014 9:16 am Copyright ESA/XMM-Newton/Gunther Hasinger, Nico Cappelluti, and the XMM-COSMOS collaboration.
Business/Economics - Astronomy
17.04.2014
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
16.04.2014
First radar vision for Copernicus
16 April 2014 Launched on 3 April, ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite has already delivered its first radar images of Earth.
Astronomy
16.04.2014
Sentinel-1 first images
Brussels from Sentinel-1A Acquired on 12 April 2014 at 17:18 GMT (19:18 CEST), just nine days after launch, this first image from Sentinel-1A captures Brussels and surrounds in Belgium.
Medicine/Pharmacology
16.04.2014
Concordia calling
16 April 2014 Are you a team player who is unafraid of long isolation? Do you have a medical degree and a healthy love of extremes? ESA is offering the chance of a lifetime to run space experiments in one of the world's most isolated places: Concordia research station in Antarctica.
Social Sciences
16.04.2014