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Astronomy
21.07.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development
21.07.2017
Northeastern Europe
Northeastern Europe
ESA Space in Images The Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite takes us over the Baltic Sea and surrounding countries.
Astronomy
20.07.2017
Simplifying complexity
Simplifying complexity
ESA Space in Images The flight dynamics experts working on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission meet regularly to assess progress of the spacecraft's almost-year-long aerobraking manoeuvres at Mars.
Astronomy - Computer Science/Telecom
19.07.2017
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis. A team from ESA's Planetary Robotics Laboratory, with a vehicle called the Heavy Duty Planetary Rover (HDPR), joined engineers from GMV in Spain employing a second ESA-owned rover and associated control systems called the Rover Autonomy Testbed (RAT), as part of ESA's Lunar Scenario Concept Validation and Demonstration (Lucid) project.
Astronomy
19.07.2017
Supersonic landfall
Supersonic landfall
ESA Space in Images This parachute deployed at supersonic velocity from a test capsule hurtling down towards snow-covered northern Sweden from 679 km up, proving a crucial technology for future spacecraft landing systems.
Astronomy
17.07.2017
Dancing with Cassini
A complex coordinated ‘dance' between ESA and NASA tracking stations is following Cassini during its Grand Finale.
Astronomy
17.07.2017
Introducing Juice
Introducing Juice
ESA Space in Images It may still be five years away from launch, and over a decade before our Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer reaches the gas giant and its icy moons, but preparations are well under way.
Earth Sciences - Sport Sciences
14.07.2017
Earth Sciences
13.07.2017
Vesuvius on fire
ESA Space in Images With Italy suffering high temperatures and drought, wildfires have broken out including blazes that are ravaging the slopes of Mount Vesuvius near Naples.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
13.07.2017
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll
The final days of the LISA Pathfinder mission are some of the busiest, as controllers make final tests and get ready to switch off the gravitational pioneer next Tuesday.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
13.07.2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA's Mars Express.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
13.07.2017
Robot meets its masters
Robot meets its masters
ESA Space in Images Seen at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands, BepiColombo has completed its final tests in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year to begin its mission to Mercury.
Astronomy
12.07.2017
Desktop CubeSat test
Desktop CubeSat test
ESA Space in Images A standard satellite needs extensive test facilities to put it through its paces, but a laboratory desktop has been used to simulate this ESA CubeSat's post-deployment activation. ESA's GomX-4B CubeSat will test inter-satellite links and propulsive orbit control techniques for future constellation operations with a twin called GomX-4A, which is owned by the Danish Ministry of Defence under a separate contract.
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
12.07.2017
Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg
Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg
Over the last few months, a chunk of Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf has been hanging on precariously as a deep crack cut across the ice.
Astronomy
11.07.2017
Shoulders of giants
Shoulders of giants
ESA Space in Images ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli (left) along with Expedition 52 crewmates Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos (centre) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) took to Red Square in Moscow yesterday to perform ceremonies ahead of their 28 July launch to the International Space Station.
Astronomy
10.07.2017
Stacked up
Stacked up
ESA Space in Images BepiColombo, a joint ESA and JAXA mission to Mercury, has completed its final tests in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year.
Astronomy
07.07.2017
Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni
ESA Space in Images The image shows part of Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni - the largest salt flat in the world.
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
06.07.2017
See our seasons change from space
See our seasons change from space
With the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite fully fledged and its data freely available, the task of monitoring and understanding our changing planet has been made that much easier. Seeing the effect spring has on our plant life is just one of its many uses. Launched in February 2016 and carrying a suite of instruments, Sentinel-3 is the most complex of all the Sentinel missions.
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
06.07.2017
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
During a simulated space mission underwater last week, ESA tested an ingenious concept to bring astronauts safely back to base if they are incapacitated during lunar exploration.
Astronomy - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
06.07.2017
Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing
Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing
ESA's Mercury spacecraft has passed its final test in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year. BepiColombo's two orbiters, Japan's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter and ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter, will be carried together by the Mercury Transport Module.
Astronomy
05.07.2017
Giant iceberg in the making
Giant iceberg in the making
All eyes are on Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf as a deep crack continues to cut across the ice, leaving a huge chunk clinging on.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
05.07.2017
Drone in radio-free zone
Drone in radio-free zone
ESA Space in Images This 6 m-wingspan unmanned aircraft is supported in mid-air within ESA's Hertz radio-frequency test chamber, as if suspended in flight, to check it can maintain contact with its controller through satellite links.
Astronomy
04.07.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development
04.07.2017
Cosmic farming
Cosmic farming
ESA Space in Images A third prototype of the AstroPlant citizen science initiative made its debut at the Border Sessions festival in the Netherlands last week.
Astronomy
03.07.2017
Uncharted territory
Uncharted territory
ESA Space in Images The international Cassini spacecraft has completed half of the 22 dives between Saturn and its rings before concluding its mission on 15 September.
Astronomy
03.07.2017
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
30.06.2017
Ambrym
Ambrym
ESA Space in Images Sentinel-2A takes us to the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, roughly 1700 km east of Australia.
Astronomy
29.06.2017
Ariane 5 launch proves reliability and flies new fairing
Ariane 5 launch proves reliability and flies new fairing
An Ariane 5 carrying two telecom satellites inside a new lighter fairing lifted off on the fourth mission from Europe's Spaceport in two months.
Astronomy
29.06.2017
To make model landings
To make model landings
ESA Space in Images 3D-printed scale models of asteroids and other planetary bodies are used for real-life testing of spacecraft navigation and landing systems - martian moon Phobos seen in the foreground here.
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
29.06.2017
That's a wrap
That’s a wrap
ESA Space in Images The latest 10-day NASA aquanaut expedition wrapped up this week off the coast of Florida.
Astronomy
26.06.2017
#AsteroidDay webcast
Our Signatories Over 200 astronauts, scientists, Nobel Laureates, business leaders and artists signed the 100X Asteroid Declaration.
Medicine/Pharmacology
26.06.2017
Summer solstice Sun
Summer solstice Sun
ESA Space in Images Residents of Earth's northern hemisphere enjoyed the greatest number of daylight hours in a single day all year on 21 June 2017.
Careers/Employment - Astronomy
24.06.2017
Le Bourget Roundup
'Plug and play' (Session 1) Students and social media share ideas with ESA Director General Jan Woerner about a village on the moon, climate change, international collaboration and other space topics.
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
23.06.2017
Le Bourget Day 4
Le Bourget Day 4
France Sentinel-3 gives us a nearly cloud-free view of France and the surrounding countries. Much of the landscape is covered with agricultural features.
Astronomy
22.06.2017
Future launchers
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Satellites from European institutions will play a major role during the exploitation of the new family of ESA-developed launchers, Vega-C and Ariane 6.
Administration/Government
21.06.2017
Astronomy
21.06.2017
New satcom projects
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Advances in mobile connectivity are rapidly shaping new markets and societal change, while the need for secure communications poses pressing challenges for institutions and enterprises.
Environment/Sustainable Development
21.06.2017
Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire
Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire
ESA's Proba-V minisatellite has captured the forest fire raging in central Portugal, revealing blackened scars and columns of smoke as well as pinpointing active fire hotspots.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
21.06.2017
ESA marks #Asteroid Day
ESA marks #Asteroid Day
The United Nations has declared 30 June to be International Asteroid Day, and ESA is joining other space agencies, astronauts, scientists and even rock stars for a 24-hour global telethon.
Business/Economics
21.06.2017
Astronomy
21.06.2017
Le Bourget day 2
Le Bourget day 2
ESA Space in Images ESA has designed its first stand-alone CubeSat mission for deep space - aimed at targeting a littleknown class of asteroid: small in size and rapidly spinning. Studied in the Concurrent Design Facility, ESA's highly networked facility for designing novel missions, the ‘Miniaturised - Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer', or M?ARGO, is a nano-spacecraft based on the CubeSat design employing standardised 10 cm cubic units within which electronic boards can be stacked and subsystems attached.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
20.06.2017
Ice Cubes
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: DOWNLOAD MP4 (23.35 MB) SOURCE MP4 (581.41 MB) Interview with ESA's head of human spaceflight and robotic exploration David Parker at the Paris
Astronomy
20.06.2017
Interview CNES President
Interview CNES President
ESA Space in Images A new European commercial service is allowing researchers, educators, universities and companies to run their experiments on the International Space Station.
Careers/Employment - Astronomy
20.06.2017
Astronomy
20.06.2017
Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward
Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward
The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class mission in ESA's Science programme, while the Plato exoplanet hunter moves into development.
Media - Careers/Employment
20.06.2017
20.06.2017
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
19.06.2017
Return to the blue
Return to the blue
How do you prepare for space missions on Earth? One way is to simulate an expedition into space underwater.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
19.06.2017
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites
Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces.
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