Luca Parmitano returns to the International Space Station

21.07.2019 03:05, ESA Top News

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has arrived at the International Space Station following a six-hour journey alongside crewmates NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov in the Russian Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft....

Beyond launch full replay

20.07.2019 19:05, ESA Top News

Watch the full replay of Luca Parmitano being launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in a Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft.

We have liftoff

20.07.2019 18:40, ESA Top News

Watch the replay of ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano's liftoff from Baikonur cosmodrome in the Soyuz MS-13. Next stop: Space Station.

Europeans in Apollo: First flag on the Moon?

19.07.2019 15:16, ESA Top News

The flag-like Solar Wind Composition Experiment was the first experiment set up by the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lunar surface, and its Principal Investigator was Johannes Geiss, the world-leading Swiss physicist.

Week in images

19.07.2019 15:12, ESA Top News

Our week through the lens: 15 - 19 July 2019

Shaun the Sheep completes astronaut training with ESA

19.07.2019 14:17, ESA Top News

Children’s film character Shaun the Sheep has completed his microgravity training ahead of the launch of his second animated feature film Farmageddon – and just in time for the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin...

Palm oil plantations

19.07.2019 10:30, ESA Top News

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 captures palm oil plantations in East Kalimantan - the Indonesian part of the island Borneo

Angelic halo orbit chosen for humankind’s first lunar outpost

18.07.2019 13:00, ESA Top News

Mission planners at NASA and ESA’s Operations Centre (ESOC) have spent months debating the pros and cons of different orbits, and have now decided on the path of the lunar Gateway.

Powering the future with lunar soil

18.07.2019 10:15, ESA Top News

Building a lunar base would be one of the next logical steps in our exploration of the Solar System, but the survival of a future crew depends on access to a reliable source of energy. An ESA Discovery & Preparation study explored...

Building a toolkit for the Moon

18.07.2019 09:45, ESA Top News

As the world celebrates 50 years since the first lunar landing, the team at ESA’s astronaut centre is looking to the future of lunar exploration. This includes developing prototypes for rock and soil sampling equipment to be used on...

The Moon camera

17.07.2019 12:15, ESA Top News

Hasselblad cameras are synonymous with the Apollo missions. We visited Gothenburg to find out how a Swedish camera made it to the Moon.

Third European service module for Orion to ferry astronauts on Moon landing

17.07.2019 10:37, ESA Top News

NASA and ESA have a long term plan for Europe to deliver the European Service Modules for Orion. With NASA’s announcement to bring humans back to the lunar surface before the end of 2024, it was also decided that the third...

ESA microchip on Moon

17.07.2019 10:30, ESA Top News

Technology image of the week: China’s Chang’e-4 mission on the far side of the Moon is employing an ESA-backed LEON microprocessor

Beyond live

17.07.2019 09:45, ESA Top News

Tune in Saturday 20 July to watch the launch of Luca Parmitano to the International Space Station live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.


16.07.2019 15:25, ESA Top News

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface, taken by Neil Armstrong after Apollo 11 Moon landing

ESA confirms asteroid will miss Earth in 2019

16.07.2019 15:04, ESA Top News

Asteroid 2006 QV89, a small object 20 to 50 metres in diameter, was in the news lately because of a very small, 1-in-7000 chance of impact with Earth on 9 September 2019.

Gaia starts mapping our galaxy’s bar

16.07.2019 15:00, ESA Top News

The first direct measurement of the bar-shaped collection of stars at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy has been made by combining data from ESA’s Gaia mission with complementary observations from ground- and space-based telescopes.

ESA identifies demand for satellites around the Moon

16.07.2019 14:22, ESA Top News

Dozens of very different commercial and institutional missions to the Moon are planned for the coming decades. These encompass everything from NASA’s manned Lunar Gateway research station and cubesats from start-ups and universities...

To the Moon – down south

16.07.2019 14:21, ESA Top News

Half a century ago humans stepped on the Moon for the first time in a set of sorties that awed the world. Over the years since we have explored our Solar System with robotic scouts and established a permanent human presence in space...

Apollo 11 launch pad

16.07.2019 14:00, ESA Top News

Celebrating 50 years since Apollo 11 blasted off carrying the first humans that would walk on the Moon, Copernicus Sentinel-2 captures this historic launch site