Live discussion with BepiColombo experts

09.04.2020 16:52, ESA Top News

Join us for a live streamed conversation with BepiColombo experts following Friday morning’s Earth flyby.  

Zoom past Earth with BepiColombo in virtual reality simulation

09.04.2020 13:20, ESA Top News

Video: 00:02:55 With a simple Google Cardboard-style virtual reality (VR) viewer, you can experience how it feels to be a spacecraft hurtling past Earth. This 360-degree VR simulation of a flyby manoeuvre performed by ESA’s...

Top Five Mercury mysteries that BepiColombo will solve

09.04.2020 12:30, ESA Top News

Mercury is a desert world which scientists until recently considered quite uninteresting. NASA’s Mariner and MESSENGER missions, however, revealed that there is much more to the smallest and innermost planet of the Solar System than meets the...

Rethinking cosmology: Universe expansion may not be uniform

08.04.2020 15:00, ESA Top News

Astronomers have assumed for decades that the Universe is expanding at the same rate in all directions. A new study based on data from ESA’s XMM-Newton, NASA’s Chandra and the German-led ROSAT X-ray observatories suggests this key premise of...

CryoSat still cool at 10

08.04.2020 11:00, ESA Top News

Today marks 10 years since a Dnepr rocket blasted off from an underground silo in the remote desert steppe of Kazakhstan, launching one of ESA’s most remarkable Earth-observing satellites into orbit. Tucked safely within the rocket fairing,...

Bepi before space

08.04.2020 10:52, ESA Top News

Image: Bepi before space

Bartolomeo connected to Columbus

07.04.2020 18:11, ESA Top News

Image: Bartolomeo connected to Columbus

Unusual ozone hole opens over the Arctic

06.04.2020 09:40, ESA Top News

Scientists using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have noticed a strong reduction of ozone concentrations over the Arctic. Unusual atmospheric conditions, including freezing temperatures in the stratosphere, have led ozone levels...

Spot BepiColombo during its ‘goodbye flyby’

03.04.2020 16:00, ESA Top News

On 10 April, BepiColombo will be visible to amateur and professional astronomers during its first – and only – Earth flyby, as the spacecraft makes its way to Mercury, the innermost planet of the Solar System. The best place to spot it is the...

Why is BepiColombo back?

03.04.2020 15:31, ESA Top News

BepiColombo is on its way to Mercury, but for some reason that brings it back to Earth.

Week in images: 30 March - 3 April 2020

03.04.2020 15:16, ESA Top News

Week in images: 30 March - 3 April 2020 Discover our week through the lens

Choosing rocks on Mars to bring to Earth

03.04.2020 11:04, ESA Top News

If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as ESA opens a call for scientists to join a NASA team working to determine which martian samples should be collected and stored by...

Earth from Space: Finistère

03.04.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Video: 00:00:00 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Finistère – a French department in the west of Brittany.See also Finistère, France to...

Finistère, France

03.04.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Finistère – a French department in the west of Brittany.

Professor Reimar Lüst (1923-2020)

02.04.2020 16:18, ESA Top News

Professor Reimar Lüst, one of Europe’s great space pioneers, passed away on 31 March 2020 aged 97. Prof. Lüst was ESA’s third Director General, serving from 1984 until 1990, and was one of the greatest visionaries behind the initiation and...

COVID-19: how can satellites help?

02.04.2020 14:28, ESA Top News

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has virtually paralysed daily life as we know it. Even when the spread of this highly infectious disease has been stemmed, the world will face huge challenges getting back to normal. To help support experts...

Disinfection for planetary protection

02.04.2020 11:25, ESA Top News

Image: Disinfection for planetary protection

Sterilisation for planetary protection

02.04.2020 11:25, ESA Top News

Image: Sterilisation for planetary protection

Space missions return to science

02.04.2020 09:21, ESA Top News

After a brief shutdown of science instruments and a period in ‘safe standby’, ESA’s planetary missions are getting back to what they do best, gathering science data from around the Solar System.

Satellites map the global flow of oil

02.04.2020 09:00, ESA Top News

Demand for oil has collapsed due to the coronavirus pandemic just as supply is about to strengthen because of a dispute between Russia and Saudi Arabia. As a result, oil prices have sunk to levels not seen since 2002.As storage tanks around...