Here comes the Sun!

07.02.2020 11:00, ESA Top News

After months of intense simulation training, two delays at the launch pad and a dress rehearsal, the Solar Orbiter control teams at ESA’s mission control are ready for the Sun.

Earth from Space: Flevoland

07.02.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Video: 00:03:01 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Dutch province of Flevoland – the newest province in the Netherlands and one of the largest...

Flevoland, the Netherlands

07.02.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Dutch province of Flevoland – the newest province in the Netherlands and one of the largest land reclamation projects in the world.With almost a third of the country lying...

Luca Parmitano: back from Beyond

07.02.2020 04:50, ESA Top News

Video: 00:13:00 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returned from his second long-duration mission to the International Space Station, known as ‘Beyond’, on 6 February 2020. In this interview at ESA’s Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, he...

Watch Solar Orbiter launch live

06.02.2020 16:13, ESA Top News

Watch the launch of ESA’s new powerful Sun explorer, Solar Orbiter, on ESA Web TV on Monday 10 February from 03:30 GMT (04:30 CET).

Luca emerges from Soyuz MS-13

06.02.2020 11:07, ESA Top News

Image: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano emerges from the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft after landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 09:12 GMT (10:12 CET), 6 February 2020.Luca returned to Earth, after six months on the International Space Station...

Record-breaking spacewalker returns from orbit

06.02.2020 10:24, ESA Top News

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returned to Earth today alongside NASA astronaut Christina Koch and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, marking the end of his second six-month International Space Station mission known as ‘Beyond’.

Luca Parmitano: return to Earth

06.02.2020 10:22, ESA Top News

Video: 00:01:30 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano touched down in the Kazakh Steppe at 09:12 GMT (10:12 CET), 6 February 2020 after his second six-month mission on the International Space Station. Luca returned to Earth in the Russian Soyuz...

First time controlling two spacecraft with one dish

05.02.2020 16:20, ESA Top News

For the first time, an ESA deep space antenna has sent commands to two ESA spacecraft, simultaneously, at the Red Planet.

The science behind and beyond Luca's mission

05.02.2020 15:08, ESA Top News

As ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano marks his 200 days in space as part of his Beyond mission, it is time to pack up a few experiments, wrap up science reports and give way to further research that will continue beyond his second spaceflight.

Solar Orbiter: Ready for launch

05.02.2020 14:51, ESA Top News

Image: The fairing of the US Atlas V 411 rocket with ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft inside at the Astrotech payload processing facility near Kennedy Space Center in Florida during launch preparations on 21 January 2020.Solar Orbiter is an...

ALMA catches beautiful outcome of stellar fight

05.02.2020 12:00, ESO Top News

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which ESO is a partner, have spotted a peculiar gas cloud that resulted from a confrontation between two stars. One star grew so large it engulfed the other which, in...

Space key to wetland conservation

05.02.2020 09:00, ESA Top News

Wetlands worldwide are vanishing at an alarming rate. New maps produced by ESA’s GlobWetland Africa project show how satellite observations can be used for the effective use and management of wetlands in Africa.

Watch live – Luca returns to Earth

04.02.2020 15:03, ESA Top News

After six months on the International Space Station and just over four as commander, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will return to Earth together with US astronaut Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov in the Soyuz-MS13...

Fit for space – survival training

04.02.2020 14:23, ESA Top News

Video: 00:05:59 In the third episode of our ‘Fit for space’ training series, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer explains how astronauts learn to survive on their own if ever a spacecraft lands away from its intended landing site.Generally a...

Ariane 6 launch zone at Europe's Spaceport

04.02.2020 11:37, ESA Top News

Image: Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is gearing up for the arrival of Ariane 6, Europe’s next-generation launch vehicle. This aerial view taken in January 2020 shows the main elements of the new launch complex. The 8200...

Ariane 6 launch complex at Europe's Spaceport

04.02.2020 11:37, ESA Top News

Image: Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is gearing up for the arrival of Ariane 6, Europe’s next-generation launch vehicle. This aerial view taken in January 2020 shows the main elements of the new launch complex. The 8200...

ESA’s missions to the Sun

03.02.2020 09:22, ESA Top News

Video: 00:03:00 ESA’s new Sun-explorer, Solar Orbiter, will capture close-up images of never before seen regions of our parent star, including the poles, and study the electromagnetic environment in its vicinity. The cutting-edge...

Flying solo

01.02.2020 14:15, ESA Top News

Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the Sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while also studying the inner heliosphere – the bubble-like region around the Sun created by the stream of...

Week in images: 27-31 January 2020

31.01.2020 15:15, ESA Top News

Week in images: 27-31 January 2020 Discover our week through the lens.