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Video: ESA defending Earth

Wed, 26/06/2019 - 09:20

For Asteroid Day, Queen guitarist Brian May tells the story of ESA's Hera asteroid mission, Europe's contribution to an audacious international planetary defence test
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Settling the galaxy

Wed, 26/06/2019 - 08:20

Technology image of the week: what looks like an exploding firework is actually a simulation of humankind’s future expansion across the stars, produced for an international competition
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Holey moly

Tue, 25/06/2019 - 14:35

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Aorounga impact crater in Chad imaged from space by ESA astronaut Tim Peake
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ESA marks Asteroid Day on 30 June

Mon, 24/06/2019 - 15:44

ESA will be participating in this year’s Asteroid Day, the UN-endorsed global awareness campaign day on the small rocky bodies scattered across space, taking place on Sunday, 30 June.

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Raikoke spits ash

Mon, 24/06/2019 - 15:41

The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission captured the unexpected ash plumes of the Raikoke volcano erupting
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Join our asteroid hunt

Mon, 24/06/2019 - 10:30

Space Science Image of the Week: Spot the trails left by asteroids in archive images from the Hubble Space Telescope
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Week in images

Fri, 21/06/2019 - 14:32

Our week through the lens:
17 - 21 June 2019
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Earth from Space

Fri, 21/06/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition, Copernicus Sentinel-1 takes us over the Lena River Delta in Russia
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Ariane 5’s second launch of 2019

Thu, 20/06/2019 - 23:19

An Ariane 5 has delivered the T-16 and Eutelsat-7C telecom satellites into their planned orbits.

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Spaceship Concordia

Thu, 20/06/2019 - 13:03

Science for the benefit of space exploration does not only happen off planet. While some studies require the weightless isolation of the International Space Station, another location provides the right conditions for investigating the consequences of spaceflight, and it is right here on Earth.

The 2018 crew of Concordia research station in Antarctica recently returned to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne to wrap up their time as researchers and subjects at Earth’s most remote outpost. 

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Connecting the dots: nitrogen dioxide over Siberian pipelines

Thu, 20/06/2019 - 10:10

New maps that use information from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal emissions of nitrogen dioxide along a Siberian natural gas pipeline that connects the Urengoy gas field – the second-largest gas field in the world – with Europe.

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ESA launches new podcast for Beyond mission

Thu, 20/06/2019 - 07:00

What does a space mission sound like? Well, aside from the roaring of engines, the hum of the Space Station and the voices of space to ground, it sounds a bit like ESA’s new podcast, ESA Explores.

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ESA’s new mission to intercept a comet

Wed, 19/06/2019 - 14:20

 ‘Comet Interceptor’ has been selected as ESA’s new fast-class mission in its Cosmic Vision Programme. Comprising three spacecraft, it will be the first to visit a truly pristine comet or other interstellar object that is only just starting its journey into the inner Solar System.

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As above, so below – lunar rescue device tested underwater

Wed, 19/06/2019 - 13:31

With its rocky, sandy terrain and buoyant salt water, the bottom of the ocean floor has more in common with the lunar surface than you might imagine. That is why this week two members of NASA mission NEEMO 23 are testing ESA’s latest prototype to rescue astronauts on the Moon.

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Grown for 3D printing

Wed, 19/06/2019 - 12:05

Technology image of the week: this organically-styled part for an Ariane 5 has been 3D printed in metal as part of ESA’s R&D into future launcher technology
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Le Bourget 2019

Wed, 19/06/2019 - 11:54

Photo highlights from ESA’s exhibition at the Paris Air and Space Show 2019 at Le Bourget
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OasISS reunion

Wed, 19/06/2019 - 09:50

Watch the replay: join three astronauts as they look back on their Space Station mission and discuss the future of exploration
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Under the Keys

Tue, 18/06/2019 - 14:45

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and fellow NEEMO crew strike a pose
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Honour the past, prepare for the future

Tue, 18/06/2019 - 13:45

ESA will join the world in celebrating the anniversary of the first human Moon landing this summer as European Space Talks take on a lunar theme. Fifty years ago, people were inspired by space as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the Moon. Now our plans to go forward to the Moon and take on dozens of other challenging tasks can inspire a whole new generation. That’s where you come in!

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Desert greenery

Mon, 17/06/2019 - 16:10

Marking World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over west Africa
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