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Astronomy
04.03.2015
ESA experts assess risk from exploded satellite
After studying the recent explosive break-up of a US satellite, ESA space debris experts have concluded this event does not increase the collision risk to nearby ESA missions in any meaningful way.
Life Sciences - Astronomy
04.03.2015
Shimmering salt lake
ESA Space in Images Title Lake Frome seen by Proba-V Released 04/03/2015 10:03 am Copyright ESA/VITO Description ESA's Proba-V minisatellite captures the rare sight of standing water in the arid south Australian outback.
Astronomy - Administration/Government
03.03.2015
Honing skills
ESA Space in Images Title Training for Sentinel-2A launch Released 03/03/2015 1:43 pm Copyright ESA/L. Guilpain Description On 25 February, the Sentinel-2A
Astronomy
02.03.2015
Earth from Space
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: MP4 (74.73 MB) SOURCE MP4 (652.08 MB) Title Earth from Space: Special edition Released 03/03/2015 Length
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
02.03.2015
Simulating space for JWST
ESA Space in Images Title Simulating space for JWST's four infrared instruments Released 02/03/2015 10:19 am Copyright NASA/Goddard/C. Gunn Description Building a space telescope is no mean feat.
Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences
27.02.2015
Brussels
ESA Space in Images Title Brussels Released 27/02/2015 10:00 am Copyright Airbus Defence and Space Description This false-colour image from the Spot-5 satellite
Astronomy
26.02.2015
CubeSats offered deep-space ride on ESA asteroid probe
Think of it as the ultimate hitchhiking opportunity: ESA is offering CubeSats a ride to a pair of asteroids in deep space.
Astronomy
25.02.2015
Software satellite
ESA Space in Images Title Ops-Sat Released 23/02/2015 2:07 pm Copyright ESA-Stijn Laagland Description This replica of ESA's Ops-Sat was displayed at this month's Agency Technology workshop.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
25.02.2015
Improved vision for James Webb Space Telescope
Key science elements of the James Webb Space Telescope have been upgraded ahead of the observatory's launch in 2018.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
24.02.2015
Last look at Sentinel-2A
Before Sentinel-2A is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for its launch targeted on 12 June, media representatives and specialists got one last look at the second satellite for Europe's Copernicus programme.
Astronomy - Life Sciences
24.02.2015
Actin’ strange
ESA Space in Images Title Human endothelial cells Released 09/02/2015 10:46 am Copyright Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy Description Components of human endothelial cells stained for identification. In red is the 'actin' protein that allows the cells to move, adhere, divide and react to stimuli.
Administration/Government
24.02.2015
ESA’s spaceplane is coming home
ESA's IXV spaceplane, launched on a Vega rocket on 11 February, is now on its way to Europe for detailed study in Italy.
Astronomy
24.02.2015
Earth Sciences
24.02.2015
Calling on satellites in alpine rescues
Emergency services rescued 1780 people in the Austrian Alps last year. They can now count on satellites to access maps, send messages, give warnings and stay in.
Astronomy - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.02.2015
Scientific spring in isolated Antarctica
In Antarctica, the crew of the French-Italian Concordia research station are preparing for the winter.
Astronomy
23.02.2015
Colours in the cloud
ESA Space in Images Title Exploring the colours of the Small Magellanic Cloud Released 23/02/2015 10:40 am Copyright ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI Description Astronomical images often look like works of art.
Environmental Sciences
20.02.2015
Estonian mosaic
ESA Space in Images Title Estonia Released 20/02/2015 10:00 am Copyright Copernicus data/ESA (2014) Description The Baltic country of Estonia - with the politica
Environmental Sciences - Astronomy
19.02.2015
ESA’s Biomass satellite goes ahead
Following the initial selection in 2013 for Biomass to become ESA's seventh Earth Explorer mission and the completion of preparatory activities, ESA Member States yesterday gave the green light for its full implementation for launch in 2020. The mission addresses one of the most fundamental components in the Earth system: the status and dynamics of tropical forests.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
19.02.2015
Mars hills hide icy past
A complex network of isolated hills, ridges and small basins spanning 1400 km on Mars is thought to hide large quantities of water-ice.
Literature/Linguistics
19.02.2015
Happy Chinese New Year
ESA Space in Images Title Beijing, China Released 19/02/2015 8:45 am Copyright Copernicus data/ESA (2014) Description This image from the Sentinel-1A satellite shows the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Astronomy
18.02.2015
Try before you fly
ESA Space in Images Title Polish human centrifuge Released 18/02/2015 10:56 am Copyright ESA-Kjetil Wormnes Description How do you prepare for the unique experience of weightlessness on a parabolic aircraft flight?
Astronomy - Business/Economics
17.02.2015
Cool ride
Thanks to space, some Parisian Metro riders now enjoy a very high-tech commute. A satellite spin-off is paving the way for more comfortable journeys.
Astronomy
17.02.2015
Final goodbye
ESA Space in Images Title Final goodbye Released 17/02/2015 12:00 pm Copyright Alex Spiller Description Last Saturday, ESA's fifth and last Automated Transfer Vehicle, Georges Lemaître , undocked from the International Space Station at 13:40 GMT.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
17.02.2015
SMOS on acid
With fundamental changes happening to the chemistry of the world's oceans, salinity information from ESA's SMOS mission is being used with other Earth observation data to obtain information on 'the other carbon dioxide problem' - ocean acidification. This new step is set to advance the way ocean biologists and climatologists study the oceans.
Astronomy
17.02.2015
Rosetta in 2015
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: DOWNLOAD MP4 (58.67 MB) SOURCE MP4 (79.57 MB) Title Rosetta's closest encounter Released 17/02/2015 Len
Astronomy
16.02.2015
Close encounter
ESA Space in Images Title Comet on 14 February from 8.7 km Released 16/02/2015 3:37 pm Copyright ESA/Rosetta/NavCam - CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 Description On 14 February
Astronomy
16.02.2015
ATV undocking
Time-lapse showing the departure of ATV Georges Lemaître from the International Space Station on Saturday, 14 February 2015.
Astronomy
15.02.2015
Last ATV reentry leaves legacy for future space exploration
ESA's fifth automated cargo ferry completed its mission to the International Space Station today when it reentered the atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
13.02.2015
Happy Valentine’s
Samantha in Cupola ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on the International Space Station 3 February 2015 during her Futura mission.
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
13.02.2015
ATV-5 mission ends
A quick pic from ATV-CC today, showing the ESA and CNES mission control teams in the main control room configuring the ATV-5 cargo ship for tomorrow's undocking.
Astronomy
13.02.2015
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12.02.2015
IXV safely recovered
ESA Space in Images Title IXV recovery Released 12/02/2015 9:40 am Copyright ESA-Tommaso Javidi, 2015 Description Recovery of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle in the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos islands.
11.02.2015
Liftoff to splashdown
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: DOWNLOAD MP4 (1.22 GB) SOURCE MP4 (1.35 GB) Title Full replay from liftoff to splashdown for IXV reentry missio
11.02.2015
IXV awaits ship
ESA Space in Images Title IXV floating and waiting for recovery Released 11/02/2015 7:40 pm Copyright ESA Description ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle flew a flawless reentry and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos islands.
Astronomy - Business/Economics
11.02.2015
ESA experimental spaceplane completes research flight
An experimental vehicle to develop an autonomous European reentry capability for future reusable space transportation has completed its mission.
11.02.2015
Vega VV04 liftoff
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: DOWNLOAD MP4 (66.34 MB) SOURCE MP4 (344.47 MB) Title Replay of Vega liftoff VV04 with IXV Released 11/02/20
11.02.2015
Vega lifts off
ESA Space in Images Title Vega VV04 IXV Liftoff Released 11/02/2015 1:51 pm Copyright ESA Description Vega VV04 carrying ESA's experimental spaceplane, IXV, lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 11 February 2015.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
11.02.2015
IXV in pictures
ESA Space in Images Title Las Vegas and Lake Mead Released 13/02/2015 10:00 am Copyright USGS/ESA Description This image from the Landsat-8 satellite acquired on 23 September 2014 brings us over the southwest United States: Nevada and Arizona.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
10.02.2015
ATV to bid farewell to Space Station for last time
ESA's last Automated Transfer Vehicle will leave the International Space Station on Saturday for its final solo voyage, setting course for a fiery demise that will mark the end of its mission and the programme.
Astronomy
10.02.2015
In the hot seat
ESA Space in Images Title ATV-CC teams during rendezvous Released 12/08/2014 9:24 am Copyright CNES/M. Pedoussaut Description The centre in Toulouse, France, commands the craft throughout their missions.
Astronomy
10.02.2015
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s space colleagues announced
The next crews to visit the International Space Station, including ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, have been announced.
Physics/Materials Science
10.02.2015
IXV gets ready
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: DOWNLOAD MP4 (34.94 MB) SOURCE MP4 (341.34 MB) Title IXV ready for liftoff Released 10/02/2015 Length 0
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
09.02.2015
A sweet martian treat
ESA Space in Images Title Cappuccino swirls at Mars' south pole Released 09/02/2015 1:03 pm Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin / Bill Dunford Description Swirls of chocolate, caramel and cream - this image is definitely one to trigger sweet-toothed cravings.
09.02.2015
Watch IXV launch
ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is ready for its launch and reentry mission on 11 February. The launch is scheduled for 13:00 GMT (14:00 CET) atop a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
Astronomy - Business/Economics
09.02.2015
IXV mission timeline
An annotated timeline of the most critical events during the IXV mission. ESA's wingless spaceplane is set for liftoff on a Vega rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, 11 February 2015.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
06.02.2015
Camera to record doomed ATV’s disintegration - from inside
Next Monday, ESA astronaut Samantha Christoforetti will float into Europe's space ferry to install a special infrared camera, set to capture unique interior views of the spacecraft's break-up on reentry.
Astronomy - Agronomy/Food Science
06.02.2015
Lisbon
ESA Space in Images Title Lisbon, Portugal Released 06/02/2015 10:00 am Copyright Copernicus data/ESA (2014) Description This image from Sentinel-1A's radar shows the metropolitan area of Portugal's capital, Lisbon.
Astronomy
06.02.2015
Latest Galileo satellites reach launch site
Another two Galileo satellites have touched down in French Guiana ready to take their place in Europe's satellite navigation constellation.
Earth Sciences
06.02.2015
What’s new about Europe’s reentry mission?
ESA's experimental spaceplane, poised for liftoff on Vega, is set to showcase the latest technologies and critical systems to extend Europe's capability for space exploration.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
05.02.2015
A brand new sky
New maps from ESA's Planck satellite uncover the 'polarised' light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought. The history of our Universe is a 13.8 billion-year tale that scientists endeavour to read by studying the planets, asteroids, comets and other objects in our Solar System, and gathering light emitted by distant stars, galaxies and the matter spread between them.
Astronomy
04.02.2015
Rosetta swoops in for a close encounter
ESA's Rosetta probe is preparing to make a close encounter with its comet on 14 February, passing just 6 km from the surface.
Astronomy - Business/Economics
04.02.2015
Estonia joins ESA family
Estonia took a step further in its relations with ESA by signing the Accession Agreement to the ESA Convention on 4 February 2015, to become the 21st ESA Member State.
Astronomy
03.02.2015
Spaceship to ship
ESA Space in Images Title Spaceship to ship: where IXV will call home Released 29/01/2015 1:25 pm Copyright ESA-T. Javidi Description A view of the marine
Astronomy - Business/Economics
03.02.2015
IXV: 100 minutes of critical teamwork
During its brief but crucial mission, experts on three continents and the high seas will work in close cooperation for ESA's IXV spaceplane mission, monitoring its free flight in space, spectacular reentry and safe splashdown in the Pacific.
Medicine/Pharmacology
03.02.2015
Plant power from above
Field experiments have shown how ESA's potential FLEX mission could identify vegetation that is suffering degrees of stress invisible to the naked eye.
03.02.2015
IXV testing technologies
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: DOWNLOAD MP4 (41.31 MB) ORIGINAL MP4 (56.02 MB) Title IXV: technologies tested Released 03/02/2015 Lengt
Physics/Materials Science
02.02.2015
IXV and Vega united
Vega VV04 fully assembled in its mobile gantry ESA's Vega VV04, carrying IXV, is fully assembled in its mobile gantry, at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 30 January 2015.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
02.02.2015
Haunted stellar relic
ESA Space in Images Title XMM-Newton and Hubble view of Jupiter's Ghost Released 02/02/2015 10:00 am Copyright ESA/XMM-Newton & Y.-H. Chu/R.A. Gruendl/M.A&
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
30.01.2015
The search continues
Despite earlier reports of a possible detection, a joint analysis of data from ESA's Planck satellite and the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves. The Universe began about 13.8 billion years ago and evolved from an extremely hot, dense and uniform state to the rich and complex cosmos of galaxies, stars and planets we see today.
Environmental Sciences - Astronomy
30.01.2015
Corsican waters
ESA Space in Images Title Corsica Released 30/01/2015 2:57 pm Copyright USGS/ESA Description The Mediterranean Sea's most mountainous island, Corsica, dominates this image from the Landsat-8 satellite.
Astronomy
29.01.2015
Magnificent merger
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29.01.2015
IXV packed and ready
IXV during fairing encapsulation The IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, installed on its payload adapter, is being prepared for launch, at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 28 January 2015.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
28.01.2015
Cubes with a view
ESA Space in Images Title Picasso CubeSat Released 28/01/2015 9:24 am Copyright BISA Description The PICosatellite for Atmospheric and Space Science Observations (Picasso) CubeSat, designed to investigate the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
27.01.2015
27.01.2015
IXV into position
IXV installed on its payload adapter The IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle installed on its payload adapter, on 26 January 2015 at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Astronomy
27.01.2015
Striking lightning
ESA Space in Images Title Striking lightning from space Released 27/01/2015 11:28 am Copyright ESA/NASA Description Lightning illuminates the area it strikes on Earth but the flash can be seen from space, too.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
26.01.2015
Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat
ESA's Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comet's dusty surface, watching 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four years. The COmetary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser, or COSIMA, is one of Rosetta's three dust analysis experiments.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
26.01.2015
Satellites for peat’s sake
Satellites can help us to safeguard nature's richest carbon storehouses - peatlands. Peatlands make up just 3% of land but capture twice as much carbon as all forests combined.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
25.01.2015
Ancient and cratered
ESA Space in Images Title Jupiter's cratered moon, Callisto Released 26/01/2015 10:00 am Copyright NASA/JPL/DLR Description The speckled object depicted here is Callisto, Jupiter's second largest moon.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
23.01.2015
Integral manoeuvres for the future
Since 2002, ESA's Integral spacecraft has been observing some of the most violent events in the Universe, including gamma-ray bursts and black holes.
Earth Sciences - Environmental Sciences
23.01.2015
Aletsch
ESA Space in Images Title Aletsch Glacier Released 23/01/2015 10:00 am Copyright USGS/ESA Description Parts of the Swiss and Italian Alps are pictured in this satellite image.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
23.01.2015
Satellites catch Austfonna shedding ice
Rapid ice loss in a remote Arctic ice cap has been detected by the Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites. Located on Norway's Nordaustlandet island in the Svalbard archipelago, parts of the Austfonna ice cap have thinned by more than 50 m since 2012 - about a sixth of the ice's thickness. Over the last two decades, ice loss from the southeast region of Austfonna has increased significantly, and ice thinning has spread over 50 km inland and is now within 10 km of the summit.
Astronomy
22.01.2015
Comet close-ups
Crack extension in Anuket This OSIRIS narrow-angle camera image shows part of a large fracture running across Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's neck, in particular where it has left Hapi and is extending into Anuket. In this orientation, the Seth region is at the uppermost left and Hapi in the lower left.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
22.01.2015
Getting to know Rosetta’s comet
Rosetta is revealing its host comet as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
22.01.2015
Mysteries in Nili Fossae
These new images from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express show Nili Fossae, one of the most enticing regions on Mars.
Astronomy
21.01.2015
Let there be light
ESA Space in Images Title ESA's Optical Ground Station laser tags ISS Released 21/01/2015 3:21 pm Copyright Victor R. Ruiz Description The future of space
Astronomy - Administration/Government
20.01.2015
Winter tracking
ESA Space in Images Title Kiruna station Released 20/01/2015 3:17 pm Copyright ESA Description ESA's Kiruna station is located at Salmijärvi, 38 km east of Kiruna, in northern Sweden.
Astronomy
20.01.2015
Astronomy
20.01.2015
Destination: Moon
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Title Destination: Moon Released 18/01/2015 Length 00:08:32 Language English Footage Type Documentary Copyright ESA
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
19.01.2015
An ecosystem in a box
An unusual package was delivered to a hotel in Beijing, China, in 1987 containing a batch of blue-green algae that would spend five days in space in a capsule.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
19.01.2015
A stormy shape-shifter
ESA Space in Images Title Venus Express snaps swirling vortex Released 19/01/2015 1:51 pm Copyright ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs.
Event
16.01.2015
Astronomy - Business/Economics
16.01.2015
Beagle-2 lander found on Mars
The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA's Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.
Astronomy
16.01.2015
Rejigging the Cluster quartet
Aiming to study Earth's 'bow shock' in the solar wind, the constellation of Cluster satellites is being rejigged to bring two of the four to within almost touching distance.
Astronomy
16.01.2015
Green Caspian
ESA Space in Images Title Caspian Sea Released 16/01/2015 10:00 am Copyright KARI/ESA Description A shoreline of the northeastern Caspian Sea is pictured in this satellite image.
Chemistry
15.01.2015
Remaking the mould
ESA Space in Images Title Instrument housing produced with 3D printed mould Released 15/01/2015 10:10 am Copyright ESA-Anneke Le Floc'h Description 3D printing o
14.01.2015
Vega ready to launch spaceplane
On its first launch of the year, Europe's Vega rocket will loft ESA's unmanned spaceplane to test reentry technologies for future vehicles.
Astronomy
13.01.2015
Exciting year ahead
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Title Preview 2015 Released 13/01/2015 Length 00:04:40 Language English Footage Type TV Exchanges Copyright ESA D
Astronomy
13.01.2015
Fresh supplies and experiments for Samantha
13 January 2015 Yesterday, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore captured the Dragon spacecraft with its supplies and new experiments for the six astronauts living 400 km above our planet.
Chemistry - Astronomy
13.01.2015
Arc reactor
ESA Space in Images Title Chemistry experiment on Station Released 13/01/2015 9:21 am Copyright NASA/Roscosmos Description Resembling an action-hero power source, this is actually a Russian experiment that was run on the International Space Station.
Astronomy
13.01.2015
Ten years at Titan
Huygens: The top 10 discoveries at Titan Ten years ago, ESA's Huygens probe entered the history books by descending to the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
12.01.2015
CleanSat: new satellite technologies for cleaner low orbits
12 January 2015 What goes up must go down. When it comes to satellites, this dictum has become a statutory requirement.
Astronomy - Life Sciences
09.01.2015
Week In Images
Finally visible NASA astronaut Terry Virts pictured on 21 February during the first of three International Space Station spacewalks being conducted by the Expedition 42 crew this week.
Astronomy
07.01.2015
Helping rhinos from space
Rhinos, an endangered species There are two types of white rhino: the southern white rhinoceros and the northern white rhinoceros.
Astronomy
07.01.2015
Backbone of ExoMars
ESA Space in Images Title ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Released 07/01/2015 10:58 am Copyright ESA-Anneke Le Floc'h Description To explore requires a strong backbone - and that goes double for space exploration.
Astronomy
06.01.2015
New Years at Mars
ESA Space in Images Title New Years at Mars Released 06/01/2015 5:10 pm Copyright ESA - European Space Agency, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO Description This image was taken
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
05.01.2015
Chasms and cliffs on Mars
Chasms and cliffs on Mars Although Mars is a very alien planet, some aspects of its geology are surprisingly familiar.
Computer Science/Telecom
05.01.2015
Astronaut feels the force
5 January 2015 In a milestone for space robotics, the International Space Station has hosted the first full run of ESA's experiment with a force-reflecting joystick.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
23.12.2014
Samantha’s greeting
ESA Space in Images Title Multicoloured view of supernova remnant Released 22/12/2014 10:00 am Copyright ESA/XMM-Newton & NASA/Chandra (X-ray); NASA/WISE/Spitzer (Inf
Astronomy - Life Sciences
22.12.2014
The worst trip around the world
22 December 2014 As you celebrate the end of the year in the warmth of your home, spare a thought for the organisms riding with a third-class ticket on the International Space Station - bolted to the outside with no protection against open space. As part of ESA's Expose-R2 project, 46 species of bacteria, fungi and arthropods were delivered by a Progress supply ship to the Station in July.
Astronomy
22.12.2014
Highlights 2014
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Title Highlights 2014 Released 22/12/2014 Length 00:04:00 Language English Footage Type TV Exchanges Copyright ESA
Astronomy
22.12.2014
Four Galileo satellites at ESA test centre
22 December 2014 ESA engineers unwrapped a welcome Christmas present: the latest Galileo satellite. The navigation satellite will undergo a full checkout in Europe's largest satellite test facility to prove its readiness for space. The satellite was carried by lorry from its manufacturer in Germany, cocooned within an environmentally controlled container.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
19.12.2014
Satellites guide sailor from treacherous waters
19 December 2014 While sailing south of Africa on an around-the-world voyage, Matteo Miceli was suddenly alerted to a massive iceberg in his path.
Astronomy
19.12.2014
Eye-catching Earth
Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
19.12.2014
Peek into the past
ESA Space in Images Title Great Bahamas Bank Released 19/12/2014 10:00 am Copyright USGS/ESA Description Underwater structures of the Great Bahamas Bank are pictured in this image from the Landsat-8 satellite on 5 February.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
18.12.2014
Origin of high-latitude auroras revealed
18 December 2014 Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun's effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood. Thanks to ESA's Cluster and NASA's Image satellites working together, a particular type of very high-latitude aurora has now been explained.
Astronomy
18.12.2014
Christmas wrapping
ESA Space in Images Title Sentinel-3A antenna covered Released 18/12/2014 2:26 pm Copyright ESA-Anneke Le Floc'h Description The moment a team of technicians, go
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
18.12.2014
Flying over Becquerel
18 December 2014 This latest release from the camera on ESA's Mars Express is a simulated flight over the Becquerel crater, showing large-scale deposits of sedimentary material.
Astronomy
18.12.2014
Environmental Sciences - Astronomy
18.12.2014
Salinity matters
18 December 2014 Measurements of salt held in surface seawater are becoming ever-more important for us to understand ocean circulation and Earth's water cycle. ESA's SMOS mission is proving essential to the quest. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite, SMOS, is monitoring changes in the amount of water held in the surface layers of soil and concentrations of salt in the top layer of seawater - both of which are a consequence of the continuous exchange of water between the oceans, the atmosphere and the land.
Event - Astronomy
18.12.2014
Preparing for an asteroid strike
18 December 2014 ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
16.12.2014
Venus Express goes gently into the night
16 December 2014 ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life.
Astronomy
16.12.2014
Bright lights: big cities at night
16 December 2014 As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop in Europe, test your geography skills in the warmth of your home - while helping scientists to pinpoint light pollution.
Astronomy
16.12.2014
Follow the light
ESA Space in Images Title Pretty lines of light Released 16/12/2014 1:51 pm Copyright ESA/NASA Description This image was taken by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the Internatioanal Space Station.
Astronomy
15.12.2014
Magnetic paint
ESA Space in Images Title The magnetic field along the Galactic plane Released 15/12/2014 12:00 pm Copyright ESA/Planck Collaboration.
Astronomy
12.12.2014
ESA and Omega: a watch for astronauts
12 December 2014 Swiss watchmaker Omega has announced a new version of its historic space watch, tested and qualified with ESA's help and drawing on an invention of ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy.
Astronomy
12.12.2014
Colours of Borneo
ESA Space in Images Title South Kalimantan, Borneo Released 12/12/2014 10:05 am Copyright JAXA/ESA Description This image from Japan's ALOS satellite was captured over part of southern Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia.
Social Sciences - Astronomy
11.12.2014
Crude oil cargo for ESA’s first flight with China
Space for Europe Space News Space in Images Space in Videos Welcome to ESA DG's News and Views For Member State Delegations Law at ES
Careers/Employment - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
11.12.2014
Mexico City subsidence
Space for Europe Space News Space in Images Space in Videos Welcome to ESA DG's News and Views For Member State Delegations Law at ESA Business w
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Astronomy
11.12.2014
Fruitful research
Space for Europe Space News Space in Images Space in Videos Welcome to ESA DG's News and Views For Member State Delegations Law at ESA Business w
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
10.12.2014
Rosetta fuels debate on origin of Earth’s oceans
Space for Europe Space News Space in Images Space in Videos Welcome to ESA DG's News and Views For Member State Delegations Law at ESA Business with ESA ESA Exhibitions ESA Publications Careers at ESA Space News Observing the Earth Human Spaceflight Launchers Navigation Space Science
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
09.12.2014
ISS as never seen before
Space for Europe Space News Space in Images Space in Videos Welcome to ESA DG's News and Views For Member State Delegations Law at ESA Business w
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
09.12.2014
ATV views Space Station as never before
Space for Europe Space News Space in Images Space in Videos Welcome to ESA DG's News and Views For Member State Delegations Law at ES
Astronomy
08.12.2014
Futura timelapse
Title Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft transfer and liftoff Released 08/12/2014 Length 00:01:34 Language English Footage Type Exterior shot Copyright Directed by Stephane Corvaja, ESA;
Astronomy
08.12.2014
Proba-3 double-satellite nearer to space
8 December 2014 A pair of satellites flying in close formation to cast an artificial eclipse is now being turned into space-ready reality by ESA's industrial partners.
Astronomy
08.12.2014
Jupiter’s bands of bronze
Title Cassini's view of Jupiter's southern hemisphere Released 08/12/2014 11:20 am Copyright NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Description This Cassini image shows Jupiter from an unusual perspective.
Astronomy
06.12.2014
Sixth launch for Ariane 5 this year
6 December 2014 An Ariane 5 has lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits.
Astronomy
05.12.2014
Orion test sets stage for ESA service module
5 December 2014 Today's flight and splashdown of NASA's first Orion spacecraft paves the way for future human exploration beyond low orbit powered by ESA's European Service Module.
Earth Sciences
05.12.2014
Romanian mosaic
Title Romania Released 05/12/2014 10:00 am Copyright Copernicus data/ESA (2014) Description This image of Romania - with the political borders in red - is a mosaic of 15 scans by Sentinel-1A's radar in October and November.
Astronomy
04.12.2014
European astronomers spot faint asteroid
4 December 2014 European experts have spotted one of the faintest asteroids ever found - a chunk of space rock thought to be about 100 m in diameter beyond the orbit of Mars. Astronomers at the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona, USA, spotted 2014 KC46 on the nights of 28 and 30 October. The difficult observations, close to the limits of the telescope, were carried out through a new collaboration between the Italian telescope team and ESA's Near-Earth Object (NEO) Coordination Centre near Rome.
Astronomy
03.12.2014
On solid ground
3 December 2014 Lovers of architecture and history can rest easy: the stability of historical buildings can now be monitored in real time by a new technique with its roots in space.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
03.12.2014
Galileo satellite recovered and transmitting navigation signals
3 December 2014 Europe's fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into a wrong orbit by VS09 Soyuz-Fregat launcher in August, has transmitted its first navigation signal in space on Saturday 29 November 2014.
Astronomy
02.12.2014
Computer Science/Telecom
02.12.2014
Fibre optics in the sky
Title Fibre optics in the sky Released 02/12/2014 10:28 am Copyright ESA/J. Mai Description On 28 November, teams at ESA's Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany
Earth Sciences
02.12.2014
Fogo volcano on Sentinel’s radar
2 December 2014 Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are helping to monitor ground movements of the recently erupted Fogo volcano.
Astronomy - Administration/Government
01.12.2014
Satellites helping to assess risk of epidemics
1 December 2014 Learning about our enemy through satellites is helping us to combat diseases spread by insects and other pests.
Astronomy
01.12.2014
Astronomy
01.12.2014
Comet ISON’s swansong
Title Comet ISON disintegrates Released 01/12/2014 11:10 am Copyright ESA/NASA Description Some had hoped comet ISON would be the comet of the century, lighting Earth's skies during the latter months of 2013.
Astronomy - Administration/Government
28.11.2014
Laser link offers high-speed delivery
28 November 2014 Marking a first in space, Sentinel-1A and Alphasat have linked up by laser stretching almost 36 000 km across space to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.
Life Sciences
28.11.2014
Tropical thaw
Title Quelccaya ice cap, Peru Released 28/11/2014 10:00 am Copyright KARI/ESA Description This image features Peru's Quelccaya ice cap, the largest in the Tropics.
Astronomy
27.11.2014
Tim Peake’s Principia mission logo
27 November 2014 After a daunting process of elimination, a logo has been chosen for ESA astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission to the International Space Station in 2015.
Astronomy
27.11.2014
The gold standard
Title The gold standard for EDRS Released 27/11/2014 4:50 pm Copyright Airbus Defence and Space SAS 2014 Description The Eutelsat-9B satellite with its EDRS-A payload is shown in the
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
27.11.2014
Frost-covered chaos on Mars
27 November 2014 Thanks to a break in the dusty 'weather' over the giant Hellas Basin at the beginning of this year, ESA's Mars Express was able to look down into the seven kilometre-deep basin and onto the frosty surface of Hellas Chaos.
Astronomy
25.11.2014
Astronomy
25.11.2014
Astronomy
24.11.2014
Earth Sciences - Administration/Government
24.11.2014
GOCE results live
Follow the opening of the 5th International GOCE User Workshop from the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, via live webstream on 25 November.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
24.11.2014
Cosmic lighthouse
Title The Egg Nebula Released 24/11/2014 11:13 am Copyright Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: W. Sparks (STScI) & R. Sahai (JPL) Description This colourful image shows a cosmic lighthouse known as the Egg Nebula, which lies around 3000 light-years from Earth.
Astronomy
24.11.2014
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti arrives at Space Station
The Soyuz spacecraft launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last night safely docked with the International Space Station this morning, delivering ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and her crewmates to the weightless research centre where they will live and work for five months.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
21.11.2014
Astronomy
21.11.2014
Watch Futura launch
Title OSIRIS spots Philae drifting across the comet Released 17/11/2014 3:00 pm Copyright see below Description These incredible images show the breathtaking journey of Rosetta's Philae lander as it approached and then rebounded from its first touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014.
Astronomy
21.11.2014
Watch Futura docking
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is all set for her five-month mission on the International Space Station.
Astronomy
21.11.2014
Samantha set for Space Station
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is all set for her five-month mission on the International Space Station.
Astronomy
21.11.2014
Astronomy
20.11.2014
Samantha talks Futura
Title Samantha's Sokol suit Released 18/11/2014 2:45 pm Copyright GCTC Description ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti with the Sokol suit she will wear in the Soyuz spacecraft tha
Astronomy
19.11.2014
Rosetta continues into its full science phase
19 November 2014 With the Philae lander's mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own extraordinary exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko during the coming year as the enigmatic body arcs ever closer to our Sun.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
18.11.2014
Inflate before launch
Title Micro-sections of circuit boards Released 18/11/2014 4:47 pm Copyright ESA-Sergi Ferreté Aymerich Description Embedded within these resin discs are vital clues to determine whether future space missions will fail or thrive.
Astronomy
17.11.2014
Tracking Philae
Title Moving BepiColombo into ESA's space simulator Released 17/11/2014 2:30 pm Copyright ESA-A. Le'Floch Description On 30 October, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter, one of the t
Astronomy
17.11.2014
New sites will boost European search and rescue
17 November 2014 A trio of stations has taken shape on three islands at the far corners of our continent, ready to pick up distress calls via satellite from all across Europe and its surrounding waters.
Astronomy
15.11.2014
Pioneering Philae completes main mission before hibernation
15 November 2014 Rosetta's lander has completed its primary science mission after nearly 57 hours on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Astronomy
13.11.2014
Europe’s 3D printer set for Space Station
13 November 2014 Europe's very first 3D printer in space is scheduled for installation aboard the ISS next year.
Astronomy
13.11.2014
Welcome to a comet
ROLIS descent image The image shows comet 67P/CG acquired by the ROLIS instrument on the Philae lander during descent on Nov 12, 2014 14:38:41 UT from a distance of approximately 3 km from the surface.
Event
12.11.2014
Farewell, Philae
Title Farewell Rosetta Released 12/11/2014 2:50 pm Copyright ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA Description Rosetta's lander Philae took this parting shot of its mothership shortly after separation.
Astronomy
12.11.2014
Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet
12 November 2014 ESA's Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.
Astronomy
12.11.2014
Farewell Rosetta
Title Rosetta solar wing Released 11/11/2014 2:45 pm Copyright ESA Description This is one of Rosetta's two massive solar wings, keeping ESA's comet-chaser powered out in the cold depths of space, currently some 448 million km from the Sun.
Medicine/Pharmacology
12.11.2014
Rosetta and Philae Go for separation
12 November 2014 Following a night of critical Go/NoGo decisions, Rosetta and Philae are cleared for separation, despite a problem onboard the lander.
Business/Economics - Administration/Government
11.11.2014
ESA business incubator opens in Portugal
11 November 2014 ESA's latest Business Incubation Centre has opened in Portugal, ready to help entrepreneurs and start-up companies take space technology and services into non-space areas such as health, transport and energy.
Event
11.11.2014
Alexander returns home
Title Agilkia landing site, 6 November 2014 Released 10/11/2014 11:50 am Copyright ESA/Rosetta/NavCam - CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 Description The Agilkia landing site is seen on this image o
Social Sciences
11.11.2014
Live updates: Rosetta mission comet landing
11 November 2014 On 12 November, Rosetta's Philae probe is set to make the first-ever landing on a comet when it touches down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Astronomy
10.11.2014
Galileo satellite set for new orbit
Title Journey to the ISS Part 2: Soyuz rendezvous and docking explained Released 21/11/2014 Length 00:21:06 Language English Footage Type Documentary Copyright ESA Descript
Literature/Linguistics - Astronomy
10.11.2014
Share comet landing
NAVCAM top 10 at 10 km - 1 This image showcases one of the many pits seen on the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Astronomy
10.11.2014
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst returns to Earth
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, Russian commander Maxim Suraev and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman returned to Earth today, landing in the Kazakh steppe.
Astronomy
07.11.2014
Alexander’s landing live
After spending almost six months in space running experiments and maintaining the International Space Station, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth on Monday.
Life Sciences - Agronomy/Food Science
07.11.2014
Dead Sea
Title Dead Sea, Middle East Released 07/11/2014 10:00 am Copyright USGS/ESA Description This image from the Landsat-8 satellite brings us over part of the Middle East, with the Jordan Rift Valley running north to south.
Astronomy
06.11.2014
Alexander’s rollercoaster ride from space to Germany
6 November 2014 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has spent almost six months on the International Space Station running experiments and maintaining the weightless research outpost with his crewmates.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
04.11.2014
ESA space ferry moves Space Station to avoid debris
4 November 2014 The International Space Station was threatened by space debris last week but ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle saved the day by firing its thrusters to push the orbital outpost and its six occupants out of harm's way.
Astronomy
04.11.2014
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
04.11.2014
Europe’s space ferry moves Space Station to avoid space debris
4 November 2014 The International Space Station was threatened by space debris last week but ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle saved the day by firing its thrusters to push the orbital outpost and its six occupants out of harm's way.
History/Archeology - Astronomy
04.11.2014
Farewell ’J’, hello Agilkia
4 November 2014 The site where Rosetta's Philae lander is scheduled to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November now has a name: Agilkia.
04.11.2014
Comet landing briefing
First comet panoramic Rosetta's lander Philae has returned the first panoramic image from the surface of a comet. The view, unprocessed, as it has been captured by the CIVA-P imaging system, shows a 360º view around the point of final touchdown. The three feet of Philae's landing gear can be seen in some of the frames.
Astronomy
03.11.2014
Five years of soil moisture, ocean salinity and beyond
3 November 2014 ESA's SMOS satellite has clocked up more than one billion kilometers orbiting Earth to improve our understanding of our planet's water cycle. Marking its fifth birthday, all the data collected over land and ocean have been drawn together to show how moisture in the soil and salinity in the ocean change over the year.
Astronomy - Chemistry
03.11.2014
Icy rocks around Saturn
Title Icy rocks around Saturn Released 03/11/2014 9:42 am Copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Description Earth is the only planet in our Solar System to have a single solitary moon.
Astronomy
02.11.2014
Five years in space: one satellite, three missions
2 November 2014 ESA's Proba-2 celebrates five years in orbit today. From technology demonstrator to solar observatory and now space weather platform, the mission has provided triple value to European scientists.
Astronomy
31.10.2014
Spooky Space Station
Space Station at night The International Space Station at night taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Earth Sciences - Environmental Sciences
31.10.2014
Weeping Taranaki
Title Egmont National Park, New Zealand Released 31/10/2014 10:00 am Copyright KARI/ESA Description Egmont National Park on New Zealand's North Island is pictured in this satellite image.
Astronomy
30.10.2014
Steering ESA satellites clear of space debris
30 October 2014 Improved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action when satellites are threatened by space junk.
Astronomy
29.10.2014
Laser node on track
29 October 2014 The first component of Europe's space data highway passed several critical tests this summer replicating the harsh launch and space conditions it will soon have to endure.
Astronomy
28.10.2014
Astronomy - Administration/Government
28.10.2014
Copernicus operations secured until 2021
28 October 2014 In a landmark agreement for Europe's Copernicus programme, the European Commission and ESA have signed an Agreement of over ¤3 billion to manage and implement the Copernicus 'space component' between 2014 and 2021.
28.10.2014
Vega launch of ESA spaceplane postponed
28 October 2014 The Vega launch of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, due on 18 November from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, has been postponed to allow for additional analyses of the Vega flight trajectory.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
27.10.2014
Chaos in Atlantis basin
Title Chaos in Atlantis basin Released 27/10/2014 12:30 pm Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin Description Mars is peppered with craters.
Astronomy - Event
24.10.2014
Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact
24 October 2014 Imagine: with a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his young Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets.
Event
24.10.2014
Earth Sciences
24.10.2014
Mumbai
Title Mumbai, India Released 24/10/2014 10:00 am Copyright JAXA/ESA Description The western Indian city of Mumbai is pictured in this image from Japan's ALOS satellite.
Astronomy - Arts and Design
22.10.2014
Jeff Wayne meets heat ray
Title Jeff Wayne behind solar simulator Released 22/10/2014 8:38 am Copyright ESA-C.Walker Description Musician Jeff Wayne, composer of the classic album version of The War of the W