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Astronomy
28.03.2015
Galileo eight
The EU's Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the launch of the latest pair.
Astronomy
28.03.2015
Two new satellites join the Galileo constellation
The EU's Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the launch of the latest pair.
Astronomy
28.03.2015
Galileo separation
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Title Galileo Soyuz Launch Live from Kourou - Part 2 Released 27/03/2015 Language English Footage Type Live Footage Copyr
Astronomy
27.03.2015
Launch replay
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Title Galileo Soyuz Launch Live from Kourou - Part 1 Released 27/03/2015 Language English Footage Type Live Footage Copyr
Astronomy
27.03.2015
Galileo lifts off
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Title Galileo liftoff replay Released 27/03/2015 Language English Footage Type Live Footage Copyright ESA/CNES/Arianespa
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
27.03.2015
Earth shifts in colour
Greenland ice streams This image combines two Sentinel-1A radar scans from 3 and 15 January 2015 to show ice velocities on outlet glaciers of Greenland's west coast. Sentinel-1 offers excellent capabilities for observing the velocities of Greenland's outlet glaciers with unprecedented temporal resolution at complete spatial coverage, extending and enhancing the time series of ice-velocity maps available from previous satellite sensors.
Physics/Materials Science
27.03.2015
ESA’s spaceplane back on dry land
ESA's recovered IXV spaceplane arrived at the Port of Livorno in Italy yesterday and is set to be taken to Turin for final analysis.
Business/Economics
27.03.2015
Psychedelic seabed
ESA Space in Images Title Aral Sea Released 27/03/2015 10:00 am Copyright Copernicus data (2014/2015)/ESA Description This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The Aral Sea is a striking example of humankind's impact on the environment and natural resources.
Astronomy
26.03.2015
Scuttling satellites to save space
It takes a lot of ingenuity - not to mention a massive quantity of sheer force - to get satellites into orbit.
Astronomy
26.03.2015
Galileo launch
Construction of Europe's navigation satellite constellation resumes on Friday, 27 March with the launch of the seventh and eighth Galileo satellites.
Astronomy
26.03.2015
The colours of orbit
ESA Space in Images Title The colours of orbit Released 25/03/2015 9:50 am Copyright ESA/NASA Description ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took these images from the International Space Station during her six-month mission.
Environmental Sciences
25.03.2015
Antarctic flow
ESA Space in Images Title Pine Island Glacier on Sentinel-1A's radar Released 25/03/2015 3:26 pm Copyright Copernicus data (2015)/ESA/A. Hogg/University of Leeds
Astronomy
25.03.2015
Stargazing’s shaky finish
ESA Space in Images Title Electrodynamic Shaker on BBC Stargazing Live Released 25/03/2015 1:12 pm Copyright BBC Description The normally shuttered doors of ESA'
Astronomy - Social Sciences
25.03.2015
SpaceUp Cologne
"Welcome, do you want to talk?" asks SpaceUp organiser Jan Svoboda, pointing at the session grid, a whiteboard depicting all speaker slots for the first day of SpaceUp Cologne.
Astronomy
25.03.2015
Cluster satellite catches up
One of the four Cluster satellites has shifted its orbit to ensure a safe reentry when the time comes, as well as providing a rare opportunity to study how a satellite's exhaust plume interacts with the solar wind.
Astronomy
25.03.2015
Galileo satellites enclosed for Friday’s launch
Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe's Galileo constellation in recent years, but last Friday marked the very last time the spacecraft were glimpsed by human eyes.
Earth Sciences
23.03.2015
Campi Flegrei rising
ESA Space in Images Title Campi Flegrei monitored by Sentinel-1 Released 23/03/2015 4:12 pm Copyright Copernicus data (2015)/ESA/DLR Microwaves and Radar Institute/ING
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
23.03.2015
Slight surface movements on the radar
Scientists are making advances in the use of satellite radar data - such as those from the Sentinel-1 mission - to monitor Earth's changing surface.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
23.03.2015
Porpoise or penguin?
ESA Space in Images Title Porpoise or penguin? Released 23/03/2015 10:46 am Copyright NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Description What do you see in t
Astronomy
23.03.2015
Want to snag a satellite? Try a net
One of humanity's oldest technologies, the humble fishing net, may yet find a new role in space: bringing down dead satellites. The behaviour of nets in orbit was recently checked on an aircraft flying parabolic arcs to create brief periods of weightlessness. "We shot nets out of a compressed air ejector at a scale-model satellite," explains ESA engineer Kjetil Wormnes.
Astronomy
20.03.2015
Astronaut plus Proba minisats snap solar eclipse
As today's partial solar eclipse crossed Europe, it was also visible from space. ESA's Proba-2 captured a near-total eclipse from orbit, at the same time as its sister minisatellite Proba-V peered down to snap the shadow of the eclipse on Earth.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
20.03.2015
ESA views the eclipse
Proba-2 view of Europe's solar eclipse As Europe enjoyed a partial solar eclipse on the morning of Friday 20 March 2015, ESA's Sun-watching Proba-2 minisatellite had a ringside seat from orbit.
Astronomy
20.03.2015
Proba-2 views eclipse
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: MP4 (1.72 MB) SOURCE M4V (7.71 MB) Title Europe's solar eclipse seen from Proba-2 Released 20/03/2015 L
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
20.03.2015
Ulan Bator
ESA Space in Images Title Ulan Bator, Mongolia Released 20/03/2015 10:00 am Copyright USGS/ESA Description The Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator is captured in this image from the Landsat-8 satellite.
Astronomy - Business/Economics
19.03.2015
Protecting Earth from space weather
This week's spectacular glowing auroras in the night sky further south than usual highlighted the effect that 'space weather' can have on Earth.
Administration/Government
18.03.2015
Astronomy
18.03.2015
Planning your shots
ESA Space in Images Title Buzz Aldrin inspecting telerobotic arm Released 19/03/2015 11:26 am Copyright ESA Description Pioneering Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin - seen
Astronomy - Life Sciences
18.03.2015
50 years of spacewalks
Christer Fuglesang participates in the third STS-128 spacewalk ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang, STS-128 mission specialist, in his mission's third and final spacewalk outside the International Space Station in 2009.
Astronomy
18.03.2015
Galileo meets Galileo as launch draws near
The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites, set for launch together in nine days' time, have been fitted together onto the dispenser that will carry them during their flight to orbit.
Astronomy - Administration/Government
17.03.2015
Deep space down under
ESA Space in Images Title New Norcia station Released 16/03/2015 4:52 pm Copyright ESA Description Twelve years ago this month, in March 2003, ESA inaugurated a
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
16.03.2015
Cavorting corona
ESA Space in Images Title Solar corona viewed by Proba-2 Released 16/03/2015 11:35 am Copyright ESA/ROB Description This snapshot of our constantly changing Sun
Astronomy
13.03.2015
Sixth Galileo satellite reaches corrected orbit
The sixth Galileo satellite of Europe's navigation system has now entered its corrected target orbit, which will allow detailed testing to assess the performance of its navigation payload.
Astronomy
13.03.2015
ESA minisatellites to follow Europe’s solar eclipse
On Friday morning, 20 March, Europe will experience a partial solar eclipse. Only a partial solar eclipse will be visible from continental Europe, but the Agency's Sun-watching Proba-2 minisatellite, up in its 820 km-altitude orbit, will see two periods of near-total eclipse for a few dozen seconds.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
13.03.2015
Lagoon of tears
ESA Space in Images Title São Miguel, Azores Released 13/03/2015 10:00 am Copyright DEIMOS Imaging Description This image from over the Azores island of São Miguel features a volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif.
Earth Sciences
12.03.2015
Crossing the boundary from high to low on Mars
On the boundary between the heavily cratered southern highlands and the smooth northern lowlands of Mars is an area rich in features sculpted by water and ice.
Astronomy
12.03.2015
Astronaut meets Eurobot
ESA Space in Images Title Andreas and Eurobot Released 11/03/2015 10:30 am Copyright ESA-J. Harrod Description ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is preparing
Astronomy - Mathematics
11.03.2015
Space Invaders
Inspired by the 1970s Space Invaders video game, a small and colourful mosaic has been found on the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
Astronomy
11.03.2015
Still space mission
ESA Space in Images Title Optical bench of LISA Pathfinder Released 11/03/2015 2:51 pm Copyright Airbus Defence and Space Description An intimate view of a key p
Social Sciences - Astronomy
10.03.2015
Space as never seen before
Astronauts' dressing room Astronauts' dressing room, where the Sokol spacesuits are stored (Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Star City, Russian Federation) Edgar Martins has collaborated c
Astronomy
09.03.2015
Once upon a time
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: MP4 (26.21 MB) SOURCE MP4 (327.21 MB) Title Once upon a time...
Astronomy
09.03.2015
Galileo satellites ready for fuelling as launcher takes shape
All the elements for this month's Galileo launch are coming together at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
Astronomy - Chemistry
09.03.2015
Testing astronauts’ lungs in Space Station airlock
Air was pumped out of the International Space Station's air lock for the first time in the name of science last week. Inside the cylindrical Quest airlock, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA's Terry Virts monitored their breathing for researchers back on Earth. With each lungful of air, our bodies absorb oxygen and exhale waste-product molecules such as carbon dioxide and the important 'signalling' molecule nitric oxide.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
09.03.2015
A vibrant veil
ESA Space in Images Title The twisted shockwaves of an exploded star Released 09/03/2015 9:30 am Copyright NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration.
Astronomy
06.03.2015
Have you ever used a camera on board an interplanetary spacecraft?
In May, the 'webcam' on board Mars Express will be available for public imaging requests. We're inviting schools, science clubs and youth groups to submit proposals for one of eight opportunities to image another planet.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Astronomy
06.03.2015
Scanning Earth, saving lives
A high-speed camera for monitoring vegetation from space and combating famine in Africa is being adapted to spot changes in human skin cells, invisible to the naked eye, to help diagnose skin diseases like cancer. In fact, the extraordinary digital infrared sensor from ESA's Proba-V vegetation-scanning satelliteis being adapted for several non-space applications.
Earth Sciences
06.03.2015
Hungarian mosaic
ESA Space in Images Title Hungary Released 06/03/2015 10:00 am Copyright Copernicus data/ESA (2014) Description This image of Hungary, with the political border in white, is a mosaic of 11 scans by Sentinel-1A's radar from October to December 2014.
Astronomy
06.03.2015
Have you ever used a camera on board an interplanetary craft?
In May, the 'webcam' on board Mars Express will be available for public imaging requests. We're inviting schools, science clubs and youth groups to submit proposals for one of eight opportunities to image another planet.
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 - Earth Sciences
09.01.2015
Week In Images
Aral Sea This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia.
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