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Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
27.09.2016
Clean house
Clean house
ESA Space in Images Everybody knows a clean house is a healthy place to live, but what if you live on the International Space Station? Air and water are constantly recycled and waste can only be removed when a spacecraft departs for Earth every few months.
Astronomy
27.09.2016
Follow Rosetta's finale
Follow Rosetta’s finale
Rosetta is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20 CEST).
Astronomy
27.09.2016
How to follow Rosetta's grand finale
How to follow Rosetta’s grand finale
Rosetta is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20 CEST).
Astronomy
26.09.2016
Moon and Mars on a plane
Moon and Mars on a plane
Who wouldn't want to run an experiment in lunar or martian gravity? ESA is offering European researchers the chance to test their theories on aircraft flights that offer 20 seconds of reduced gravity. ‘Partial-gravity flights are rare and offer a unique opportunity to conduct research in conditions that have only been reproduced a handful of times,' notes ESA's head of human research, Jennifer Ngo-Anh.
Astronomy
26.09.2016
A universe to explore
ESA is exploring Earth's immediate surroundings, from low-Earth orbit with the International Space Station to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
26.09.2016
Sculpted by ancient water
Sculpted by ancient water
ESA Space in Images Sculpted by ancient water flowing on the surface, Mawrth Vallis is one of the most remarkable outflow channels on Mars.
Astronomy
23.09.2016
ESA at the 67th International Astronautical Congress
ESA at the 67th International Astronautical Congress
Starting on 26 September, Guadalajara in Mexico will host the 67th International Astronautical Congress, the annual global convention that covers all aspects of space activities.
Business/Economics
23.09.2016
Ariane: quality boost
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: MP4 (30.99 MB) SOURCE MP4 (136.01 MB) Ariane 5?s powerful solid rocket booster is the largest produced in Europe generating 700 tonnes of thrust for liftoff.
Earth Sciences
23.09.2016
Astronomy
23.09.2016
Summer fireworks on Rosetta's comet
Summer fireworks on Rosetta’s comet
Brief but powerful outbursts seen from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during its most active period last year have been traced back to their origins on the surface.
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.09.2016
Drone inspection
Drone inspection
ESA Space in Images Earlier this month, the team at ESA's deep-space tracking station at Cebreros, near Madrid, Spain, ran a series of test flights to image the antenna using a Dji Phantom 3 drone controlled with an iPad.
Astronomy
22.09.2016
Astronomy
20.09.2016
Windmill of dust
Windmill of dust
ESA Space in Images Mars is a dusty place and you might not think it is surprising that we regularly see dust storms on its surface. But the phenomenon has puzzled scientists since the 1980s when experiments showed that typical wind speeds recorded on Mars are not strong enough to lift the dust. Many theories have been suggested to explain the dust storms but few experiments have investigated them.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
19.09.2016
Titan's flooded canyons
Titan’s flooded canyons
ESA Space in Images The aptly named Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is remarkably Earth-like. Its diameter is only about 40% that of our planet, but Titan's nitrogen-rich, dense atmosphere and the geological activity at the moon's surface make comparisons between the two bodies inevitable. This image, taken with the radar on the Cassini spacecraft, shows just how similar the features in Titan's surface are to Earth's landforms.
Administration/Government
16.09.2016
Astronomy
16.09.2016
Proxima
Fire-scarred Madeira This image, taken by Sentinel-2A on 17 August 2016, shows how the beautiful lush Portuguese main island of Madeira was devastated by wildfires.
Astronomy
16.09.2016
Environment/Sustainable Development
16.09.2016
Poyang Lake
Poyang Lake
ESA Space in Images Southern China's Poyang Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the country. Located in Jiangxi province, this lake is an important habitat for migrating Siberian cranes, many of which spend the winter there.
Astronomy
16.09.2016
Hang out with Rosetta
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is set to complete its incredible mission in a controlled descent to the surface of Comet 67P/C-G on 30 September.
Astronomy
16.09.2016
Vega releases five satellites in complex mission
Vega releases five satellites in complex mission
Arianespace launched a Vega rocket on a complex mission early this morning that demonstrated the flexibility of its upper stage and multisatellite carrier.
Astronomy - Administration/Government
15.09.2016
Astronomy
15.09.2016
Cool scene for MetOp-C
Cool scene for MetOp-C
ESA Space in Images A perfect satellite test set-up inside ESA's vast Large Space Simulator chamber - the only thing missing is a satellite.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
14.09.2016
Gaia's billion-star map hints at treasures to come
Gaia’s billion-star map hints at treasures to come
The first catalogue of more than a billion stars from ESA's Gaia satellite was published today - the largest all-sky survey of celestial objects to date. On its way to assembling the most detailed 3D map ever made of our Milky Way galaxy, Gaia has pinned down the precise position on the sky and the brightness of 1142 million stars.
Life Sciences - Astronomy
13.09.2016
Full circle: space algae fighting malnutrition in Congo
Full circle: space algae fighting malnutrition in Congo
Looking for food that could be harvested by astronauts far from Earth, researchers focused on spirulina, which has been harvested for food in South America and Africa for centuries.
Astronomy
12.09.2016
Star mapper
ESA Space in Images In 1989, ESA launched the first space mission dedicated to astrometry - the science of charting the sky.
Astronomy
12.09.2016
First Gaia Data Release
Livestreaming of the media briefing on the first data release from ESA's Gaia mission will begin on 14 September at 09:30 GMT (11:30 CEST).
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
12.09.2016
Proba-3: set the controls for the verge of the Sun
Proba-3: set the controls for the verge of the Sun
By converging in orbit, a pair of small satellites will open a new view on the source of the largest structure in the Solar System: the Sun's ghostly atmosphere, extending millions of kilometres out into space.
Astronomy - History/Archeology
09.09.2016
Rosetta's descent towards region of active pits
Rosetta’s descent towards region of active pits
Squeezing out unique scientific observations until the very end, Rosetta's thrilling mission will culminate with a descent on 30 September towards a region of active pits on the comet's ‘head'.
Environment/Sustainable Development
09.09.2016
Open Science
Follow the EO Open Science 2016 conference via live webstream from ESA's ESRIN establishment in Italy 12'14 September.
Astronomy
09.09.2016
Fantastic four: November's Galileos reach Europe's Spaceport
Fantastic four: November’s Galileos reach Europe’s Spaceport
A transatlantic flight delivered four Galileo satellites to French Guiana on Tuesday, in preparation for a shared launch this November by Ariane 5 - the first for Europe's satnav constellation.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
09.09.2016
Barents bloom
Barents bloom
ESA Space in Images Although it may appear as a watercolour painting, this image is a natural-colour capture of a plankton bloom in the Barents Sea by the Sentinel-2A satellite.
Astronomy
08.09.2016
Astronomy
07.09.2016
A cosmic oyster's pearl
A cosmic oyster’s pearl
ESA Space in Images The world is your oyster, as the expression goes - and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, with its advanced instruments and favourable location in orbit above Earth's atmosphere, has far more of the Universe to explore than most.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
07.09.2016
Vega to launch ESA's wind mission
Vega to launch ESA’s wind mission
Today, ESA and Arianespace signed a contract to secure the launch of the Aeolus satellite. With this milestone, a better understanding of Earth's winds is another step closer. The contract, worth '32.57 million, was signed at ESA headquarters in Paris, France, by ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, and CEO of Arianespace, Stéphane Israël.
Astronomy
07.09.2016
Four steps nearer Mercury
Four steps nearer Mercury
ESA Space in Images The base of ESA's Mercury Transfer Module with its four T6 ion thrusters fully fitted for its 6.5 year journey to Mercury, along with the rest of the BepiColombo spacecraft.
Astronomy
06.09.2016
Astronomy
06.09.2016
Space history
Space history
ESA Space in Images This week one year ago, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen (left) spent 10 days in space on his ‘iriss' mission to the International Space Station.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Careers/Employment
05.09.2016
Arctic and Space
The Arctic is a unique location on our planet where the influence of climate change is being felt at a higher degree than elsewhere.
Astronomy
02.09.2016
Upsala Glacier
Upsala Glacier
ESA Space in Images The Upsala Glacier in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 22 January 2016.
Astronomy
01.09.2016
Astronomy
01.09.2016
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
01.09.2016
Intro to EO: sign up today
Your browser is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all the features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser. x Discover how optical Earth observation data is gathered and used in this free online course from the European Space Agency (ESA). 0:28 Skip to 0 minutes and 28 seconds Welcome to the European Space Agency Earth Observation from Space- the Optical View Massive Open Online Course.
Astronomy
31.08.2016
Late stars
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. ESA's Planck satellite has revealed that the first stars in the Universe started forming later than previous observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background indicated.
Astronomy
31.08.2016
Space for inspiration
Thomas Pesquet closer to space with mission name Proxima Today, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet revealed the name and logo for his six-month mission to the International Space Station starting next November.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
30.08.2016
Space recovery USB
Space recovery USB
ESA Space in Images All computer enthusiasts have a recovery disk available in case their computer stops working - and it's no different for a liquids experiment on the International Space Station.
Astronomy
30.08.2016
Galileo's Ariane 5 arrives at Europe's Spaceport
Galileo’s Ariane 5 arrives at Europe’s Spaceport
The first Ariane 5 rocket modified to carry four Galileo satellites into orbit has arrived at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana for a November launch.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
30.08.2016
An atypical protostar
An atypical protostar
ESA Space in Images At the centre of this image, captured by ESA's Herschel space observatory , is a truly peculiar cosmic object: a star named IRAS 19312+1950. Located over 12 000 light-years from us, this star has puzzled astronomers for many years because it shows conflicting signs of being both extremely old and extremely young.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
29.08.2016
Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy's earthquake
Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy’s earthquake
On 24 August, an earthquake struck central Italy, claiming at least 290 lives and causing widespread damage. Satellite images are being used to help emergency aid organisations, while scientists have begun to analyse ground movement. The Italian peninsula is prone to earthquakes owing to the fault lines created by the separation of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Astronomy
29.08.2016
First satellite-based wildlife monitoring tool for airports
First satellite-based wildlife monitoring tool for airports
Wildlife habitats close to airports pose a serious risk to safety at takeoff and landing. Thanks to ESA, a new service lets airports use satellites to identify and manage these areas.
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.
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