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Earth Sciences - Environmental Sciences
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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
Astronomy
22.10.2014
Packing for Mars
22 October 2014 Like surgeons in an operating room, the technicians work gowned and masked in ESA's ultraclean microbiology laboratory, ensuring a high-tech sensor will not contaminate the Red Planet with terrestrial microbes.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
21.10.2014
Satellites for smart logging
21 October 2014 Satcoms are helping to save our trees through more efficient use of our forests. Satellites are mapping forests, sending instructions to loggers, monitoring tree-harvesting machinery and coordinating log transport almost in real time.
Astronomy
21.10.2014
Siding Spring grazes Mars
Title Siding Spring Released 21/10/2014 10:26 am Copyright Scott Ferguson Description This excellent view of Mars seen together with Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring was captured by Sco
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
17.10.2014
Mars Express ready for comet encounter
17 October 2014 Europe's Mars orbiter and its scientific instruments will have a frontrow seat on Sunday when Comet Siding Spring grazes the Red Planet, skimming past at a little more than a third of the Moon's distance from Earth.
Astronomy
16.10.2014
Fifth launch for Ariane 5 this year
16 October 2014 An Ariane 5 has lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-30/DLA-1 and Arsat-1, into their planned orbits.
Astronomy
16.10.2014
Europe secures new generation of weather satellites
16 October 2014 Contracts were signed today to build three pairs of MetOp Second Generation satellites, ensuring the continuity of essential information for global weather forecasting and climate monitoring for decades to come. MetOp-SG is a cooperative undertaking between ESA and Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.
Social Sciences - Astronomy
16.10.2014
Name comet landing site
16 October 2014 ESA and its Rosetta mission partners are inviting you to suggest a name for the site where lander Philae will touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November.
Astronomy
16.10.2014
High desert
Title Lake County, Oregon Released 15/10/2014 2:42 pm Copyright ESA Description This image from Sentinel-1A was acquired over the Lake County in the US state of Oregon on 17 July.
Environmental Sciences - Astronomy
16.10.2014
Fishbone forest
Title Proba-V image of western Brazil Released 16/10/2014 10:51 am Copyright ESA/VITO Description Deforestation in the state of Rondônia in western Brazil, as imaged by ESA's Proba-V minisatellite.
Astronomy
16.10.2014
Galileo duo handed over in excellent shape
16 October 2014 A pair of fully functioning Galileo navigation satellites was recently delivered to its operators, as preparations get underway for the next round of launches.
Social Sciences
15.10.2014
Bathed in green
Title Bathed in green Released 15/10/2014 3:12 pm Copyright ESA/IAC/D. López Description During the evening of 8 October 2014, ESA's observatory on the island of Tenerife, Sp
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
15.10.2014
Rollercoaster science
Flash and splash Observing large but perfectly shaped bubbles in weightlessness and recording them with a high-speed camera is more than fun. Shining lasers on pure water creates vapour bubbles that collapse violently - for an instant they shine brighter than the Sun, like a miniature supernova. All this energy needs to escape somehow and the water bubbles eject high-speed water jets.
Astronomy - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
15.10.2014
Molten metals in spin cycle on ESA’s centrifuge
15 October 2014 The experimenters stared through bulletproof glass at the whirling 8 m-diameter centrifuge.
Astronomy
15.10.2014
ESA confirms the primary landing site for Rosetta
15 October 2014 ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown on a comet.
Astronomy
14.10.2014
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
13.10.2014
Butterfly death throes
Title Butterfly death throes Released 13/10/2014 10:00 am Copyright NASA/ESA/Hubble SM4 ERO Team Description Many celestial objects are beautiful - swirling spiral galaxies or glittering clusters of stars are notable examples.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
13.10.2014
Sticky business: bonding ultrastable space missions
13 October 2014 A new ultrastable adhesive identified through ESA research could be a key to assembling rock-solid structures for space, including large telescopes, instruments and antennas to peer deeper into the cosmos or sharpen views of our terrestrial environment.
Astronomy
10.10.2014
The heat is on
10 October 2014 Thanks to ESA and a high-tech fabric used in spacesuits, Swedish steelworkers will soon be wearing safer and cooler underwear to work.
Earth Sciences
10.10.2014
Astronomy
10.10.2014
Space viking: Andreas Mogensen unveils mission logos
10 October 2014 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen today unveiled the patches that will accompany him on his iriss mission aboard the International Space Station next year.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
10.10.2014
Kalma
Title Southern Darfur, Sudan Released 10/10/2014 10:00 am Copyright KARI/ESA Description This image from Korea's Kompsat-2 satellite on 8 February 2013 shows an area in the southern Darfur region of Sudan, just south of the city of Nyala.
Astronomy
08.10.2014
A perfect walk
Title A perfect walk Released 08/10/2014 10:46 am Copyright ESA Description ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst spent six hours and 13 minutes outside the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman on Tuesday, 7 October 2014.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
08.10.2014
Lutetia’s dark side hosts hidden crater
8 October 2014 Grooves found on Lutetia, an asteroid encountered by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, point to the existence of a large impact crater on the unseen side of the rocky world. Rosetta flew past Lutetia at a distance of 3168 km in July 2010, en route to its 2014 rendezvous with its target comet.
Astronomy
07.10.2014
Walk with Alexander
For the 27th US-led spacewalk, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman's main job is to move an old cooling pump to its final position.
Astronomy - Environmental Sciences
07.10.2014
My Planet from Space
7 October 2014 The fragility and beauty of our planet came into focus yesterday with a special viewing of satellite images at Rome's Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
Astronomy
06.10.2014
Rosetta’s comet at ESA
Title Scale model of Rosetta's comet Released 06/10/2014 3:30 pm Copyright ESA-S.Ferreté Description Visitors to ESA's Technology Centre had a chance to get up close and personal with a model of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during the centre's Open Day on 5 October.
Astronomy - Chemistry
06.10.2014
Astronomy
06.10.2014
Setting sail for ESA spaceplane recovery
6 October 2014 The boat that will lift ESA's unmanned IXV spaceplane out of the Pacific Ocean after the research flight next month set sail on Saturday from Genoa in Italy.
Astronomy
06.10.2014
First Copernicus satellite now operational
6 October 2014 With the commissioning of Sentinel-1A completed and the satellite's transfer to the team in charge of its exploitation, its data are available as of today to all users.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
03.10.2014
CryoSat unveils secrets of the deep
3 October 2014 ESA's ice mission has been used to create a new gravity map, exposing thousands of previously unchartered 'seamounts', ridges and deep ocean structures. This vivid new picture of the least-explored part of the ocean offers fresh clues about how continents form and breakup. Carrying a radar altimeter, CryoSat's main role is to provide detailed measurements of the height of the world's ice.
Astronomy
03.10.2014
Alexander Gerst set for spacewalk
3 October 2014 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has spent four months in the relative safety of the International Space Station but on Tuesday he will venture into open space with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman on a seven-hour spacewalk.
Environmental Sciences - Astronomy
03.10.2014
Athabasca oil sands
Title Alberta, Canada Released 03/10/2014 10:00 am Copyright USGS/ESA Description This Landsat-8 image covers a distance of over 350 km from top to bottom, all within Canada's Alberta province.
Study of Religions - Environmental Sciences
02.10.2014
Earth’s portrait
Title Land cover 2010 Released 02/10/2014 11:52 am Copyright ESA/CCI Land Cover/Université catholique de Louvain Description This global land-cover map was created using data from the Envisat mission for the 2010 epoch (2008-12).
Astronomy
02.10.2014
Under the hood
Title Inside BepiColombo's Mercury Transfer Module Released 02/10/2014 10:27 am Copyright ESA-A. Le Floc'h Description This labyrinth of power, data and propellant lines is fo
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
01.10.2014
Four candidate landing sites for ExoMars 2018
1 October 2014 Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.
Astronomy
30.09.2014
Astronomy
29.09.2014
Craters on the edge
Title Craters on the edge Released 29/09/2014 9:30 am Copyright ESA/SMART-1/AMIE camera team/Space Exploration Institute Description The greyscale pattern of dark and light blotches on the Moon is a familiar sight to stargazers.
Astronomy
26.09.2014
Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November
26 September 2014 The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
26.09.2014
Athens on the radar
Title Attica peninsula, Greece Released 26/09/2014 11:21 am Copyright ESA Description Greece's Attica peninsula, with the capital and largest city of Athens appearing bright white near the centre, is captured in this radar image from Sentinel-1A on 22 April.
Astronomy
24.09.2014
Opening doors to space
24 September 2014 The same device that opens doors on buses and planes could be used to meet peak energy demands on satellites.
Earth Sciences
24.09.2014
IXV’s small step
Title IXV drop-test model being moved Released 24/09/2014 1:04 pm Copyright ESA-A. Le Floc'h Description This drop-test model of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane will be one of the star attractions of the Sunday, 5 October ESTEC Open Day.
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.