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Earth Sciences
26.08.2016
Land shifts in Italy
Land shifts in Italy
ESA Space in Images Combining two Sentinel-1 radar scans from 20 August (Sentinel-1B) and 26 August 2016 (Sentinel-1A), this interferogram shows changes that occurred during the 24 August earthquake that struck central Italy.
Astronomy
26.08.2016
Bridging the Bosphorus
ESA Space in Images These 17 images from the Sentinel-2A satellite show a year of progress on the Third Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
25.08.2016
Rosetta captures comet outburst
Rosetta captures comet outburst
In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide. Nine of Rosetta's instruments, including its cameras, dust collectors, and gas and plasma analysers, were monitoring the comet from about 35 km in a coordinated planned sequence when the outburst happened on 19 February.
Astronomy
25.08.2016
Ariane 5 s fourth launch this year
Ariane 5 s fourth launch this year
An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-33e and Intelsat-36, into their planned orbits.
Astronomy
24.08.2016
Astronomy
24.08.2016
Easy rider
Easy rider
ESA Space in Images Danish ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen during a summer visit to ESTEC's Orbital Robotics Laboratory, experiencing weightless motion in 2D - courtesy of a friction-free air-bearing platform combined with a virtual reality headset.
Astronomy
22.08.2016
Scorched Sprite
Scorched Sprite
ESA Space in Images This image from ESA's Planck satellite appears to show something quite ethereal and fantastical: a sprite-like figure emerging from scorching flames and walking towards the left of the frame, its silhouette a blaze of warm-hued colours.
Astronomy
22.08.2016
Proba-3: seeing through shadow to view Sun's corona
Proba-3: seeing through shadow to view Sun’s corona
Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth's surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses.
18.08.2016
The longest call
The longest call
ESA Space in Images On 10 August 2016, ESA's tracking station at New Norcia, Western Australia, hosting a 35 m-diameter, 630-tonne deep-space antenna, received signals transmitted by NASA's Cassini orbiter at Saturn, through 1.44 billion km of space.
Astronomy
18.08.2016
Most distant catch for ESA station
Most distant catch for ESA station
An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space.
Astronomy
17.08.2016
Astronomy
17.08.2016
How to dock CubeSats
How to dock CubeSats
The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit.
Astronomy
17.08.2016
Astronomy
15.08.2016
Hubble's fireball
Hubble’s fireball
ESA Space in Images This dramatic burst of colour shows a cosmic object with an equally dramatic history.
Earth Sciences
11.08.2016
Spotlight on Schiaparelli's landing site
Spotlight on Schiaparelli’s landing site
Schiaparelli, the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module of the joint ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission, will target the Meridiani Planum region for its October landing, as seen in this mosaic created from Mars Express images. The landing ellipse, measuring 100 x 15 km, is located close to the equator, in the southern highlands of Mars.
Astronomy
10.08.2016
Shiny on the outside
Shiny on the outside
Blankets of multi-layer insulation (MLI) are used to cover satellite surfaces to help insulate them from orbital temperature extremes.
Astronomy
09.08.2016
Follow instructions
Follow instructions
The life of an astronaut in space consists of following many step-by-step procedures.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Astronomy
09.08.2016
Click on climate
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Environment/Sustainable Development - Astronomy
08.08.2016
Splashup
Admiring the fish An 'aquanaut' admires the fish off the coast of Florida, USA. The 21st NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, sortie enacted a mission to Mars to test equipment for astronauts.
Astronomy
08.08.2016
Two years on
Two years on
Two incredible years have passed since ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014.
Astronomy
05.08.2016
Comet odyssey
Watch in: MP4 (27.78 MB) SOURCE MP4 (275.11 MB) Animation visualising Rosetta's two-year journey around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
03.08.2016
Trying on a coat
Trying on a coat
Candidate coatings for a new space antenna undergoing testing at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands. ‘Protective coatings safeguard antennas against temperature extremes or other environmental factors such as ultraviolet radiation,' explains antenna engineer Elena Saenz, performing the testing at ESA's technical centre in Noordwijk.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
02.08.2016
Aladin wind probe ready for Aeolus
Aladin wind probe ready for Aeolus
It has been years in the making, but one of the trickiest pieces of space technology ever developed is finally ready to join its satellite for launch by the end of next year. With this milestone, we are another step closer to a better understanding of Earth's winds. Carrying pioneering lasers, Aeolus will be the first satellite to probe the wind globally.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
01.08.2016
Majestic solar eruption
Majestic solar eruption
A gigantic ribbon of hot gas bursts upwards from the Sun, guided by a giant loop of invisible magnetism.
Astronomy - Business/Economics
01.08.2016
Uncovering what lies beneath
Uncovering what lies beneath
A key feature of the James Webb Space Telescope is helping to shed light on what goes on underneath boats in stormy weather and around the structures of offshore oilrigs.
Earth Sciences
29.07.2016
Iranian painting
Iranian painting
The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over to northeastern Iran, the second largest country in the Middle East.
Astronomy
28.07.2016
How are comets born?
How are comets born?
Detailed analysis of data collected by Rosetta show that comets are the ancient leftovers of early Solar System formation, and not younger fragments resulting from subsequent collisions between other, larger bodies. Understanding how and when objects like Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko took shape is of utmost importance in determining how exactly they can be used to interpret the formation and early evolution of our Solar System.
Administration/Government - Astronomy
28.07.2016
Astronomy
28.07.2016
Engine burn gives Mars mission a kick
Engine burn gives Mars mission a kick
Following a lengthy firing of its powerful engine this morning, ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on track to arrive at the Red Planet in October.
Medicine/Pharmacology
27.07.2016
Astronomy
27.07.2016
One ring to bind them
One ring to bind them
The docking ring used by ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo spacecraft for five missions to the International Space Station is displayed in the laboratory corridor of ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands.
Astronomy
25.07.2016
Astronomy
25.07.2016
Meandering Moon feature
Meandering Moon feature
This strangely meandering channel, carved on the Moon, is one of the most famous features on our nearest celestial neighbour.
Earth Sciences
22.07.2016
Tonga
Tonga
The island of Tongatapu and the nearby smaller islands - all part of the Kingdom of Tonga archipelago in the southern Pacific Ocean - are pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 23 May.
Astronomy
21.07.2016
ExoMars/TGO hangout
Google hangout with ExoMars mission experts for an update on the cruise to Mars, the crucial mid-course manoeuvre on 28 July and the upcoming preparations for the arrival phase.
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
21.07.2016
Return to the underwater Space Station
Return to the underwater Space Station
This year, NASA's underwater training mission for astronauts promises to be longer and better than ever.
Astronomy
21.07.2016
Mars navigation
Mars navigation
In order to precisely deliver the Schiaparelli landing demonstrator module to the martian surface and then insert ExoMars/TGO into orbit around the Red Planet, it's necessary to pin down the spacecraft's location to within just a few hundred metres at a distance of more than 150 million km.
Astronomy
20.07.2016
Dragon chase
Dragon chase
An excellent early morning twilight image showing the International Space Station (thick streak) with the SpaceX Dragon CRS-9 cargo vessel (thin streak) seen chasing it approximately 25 seconds later.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
19.07.2016
Making for space
Making for space
ESA's latest technical laboratory, inaugurated today by Director General Jan Woerner, will help to understand the capabilities of 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing techniques for future space missions. The Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory is at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Harwell, Oxfordshire, directly adjacent to ESA's UK facility.
Astronomy
19.07.2016
Active tracking of astronaut rad-exposures targeted
Active tracking of astronaut rad-exposures targeted
Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
18.07.2016
What lies beneath
ESA uses cookies to track visits to our website only, no personal information is collected. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. OK about our cookie policy. Using observations from ESA's Venus Express satellite, scientists have shown for the first time how weather patterns seen in Venus' thick cloud layers are directly linked to the topography of the surface below.
Astronomy
18.07.2016
Nameless and ancient
Nameless and ancient
This striking perspective view from ESA's Mars Express shows an unnamed but eye-catching impact crater on Mars.
Astronomy
18.07.2016
Chilly summer for Sentinel-2B
Chilly summer for Sentinel-2B
While most of us may be looking forward to spending some time in the sunshine this summer, the Sentinel-2B satellite is being subjected to the extreme cold of space to make sure it is fit for life in orbit.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
15.07.2016
Sundarbans web
Title Sundarbans web Released 15/07/2016 10:00 am Copyright Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA Description The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the very eastern part of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, in this natural-colour image.
Careers/Employment
14.07.2016
Astronomy - Administration/Government
13.07.2016
Europe's workhorse Sentinel ready for action
Europe’s workhorse Sentinel ready for action
Getting the bigger picture on the health of our planet drew another step closer today as Europe's Sentinel-3A satellite was handed over to Eumetsat for operations.
Astronomy
13.07.2016
Far-out Proba-3
Title Proba-3 Released 13/07/2016 9:48 am Copyright ESA-P. Carril, 2013 Description ESA's double-satellite Proba-3 mission will be flying where no previous member of the Proba minisatellite family has gone before - up to 60 000 km away, a seventh of the way to the Moon.
Administration/Government
12.07.2016
ESA commits to next stage of UK revolutionary rocket engine
ESA commits to next stage of UK revolutionary rocket engine
The UK's Farnborough airshow today saw ESA's commitment to the next step in developing a revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine that could begin test firings in about four years.
Astronomy
12.07.2016
Comet cliffs
Title Comet cliffs Released 11/07/2016 5:41 pm Copyright ESA/Rosetta/NavCam - CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 Description This striking view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reveals portions of both comet lobes, with dramatic shadows on the 'neck' region between them.
Astronomy
08.07.2016
Return to light for underground astronauts
Return to light for underground astronauts
Yesterday, the international team of six astronauts from China, Japan, USA, Spain and Russia returned to daylight after spending six nights underground simulating a mission exploring another planet.
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