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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
Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space.
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 - 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
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.