Warming up for the Sun

31.01.2020 13:30, ESA Top News

Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the Sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real.

Lake George, Uganda

31.01.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Image: World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as the Ramsar Convention, in Ramsar, Iran, on 2...

Earth from Space: Lake George

31.01.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Video: 00:03:07 Ahead of World Wetlands Day, celebrated internationally each year on 2 February, this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image over Lake George in western Uganda. In 1988,...

One step closer to prospecting the Moon

30.01.2020 16:20, ESA Top News

The first European device to land on the Moon this decade will be a drill and sample analysis package, and the teams behind it are one step closer to flight as part of Russia’s Luna-27 mission.

From Antarctica to space: telemedicine at the limit

30.01.2020 11:37, ESA Top News

ESA is working with Argentina to test telemedicine device Tempus Pro in the harsh conditions of Antarctica as Europe prepares for its next phase of human exploration in space.

Cosmic caller goes out with a bang

29.01.2020 15:10, ESA Top News

Image: On 21 January, a foreign body crashed to Earth causing a cascade of bright light to trail through the sky.The fleeting flash was a fireball, defined as a meteor brighter than the planet Venus. Such bright meteors are caused as small...

Intense ‘Beyond’ mission for Luca

29.01.2020 09:00, ESA Top News

Video: 00:04:30 Italian ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will return to Earth 6 February 2020, following his second long-duration mission on the International Space Station (ISS).Luca’s mission – known as ‘Beyond’ – began 20 July 2019,...

Sentinel-6 satellite renamed in honour of renowned US scientist

28.01.2020 15:20, ESA Top News

ESA, NASA, the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have renamed the upcoming Sentinel-6A satellite after...

Solar Orbiter – the Sun close-up

28.01.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Video: 00:03:20 ESA’s mission to the Sun, Solar Orbiter, is due for launch on an Atlas V 411 from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday 9 February 23:03 EST (04:03 GMT / 05:03 CET Monday 10 February)Equipped with a suite of ten scientific...

CryoSat sheds new light on Antarctica’s biggest glacier

27.01.2020 17:00, ESA Top News

Ice loss from Pine Island Glacier has contributed more to sea-level rise over the past four decades than any other glacier in Antarctica. However, the way this huge glacier is thinning is complex, leading to uncertainty about how it is likely...

Cosmic records

27.01.2020 16:30, ESA Top News

Image: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano (middle) and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan (left) work on get-ahead tasks during the fourth spacewalk to service the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS).Saturday’s spacewalk, which lasted five hours and 55...

Week in images: 20-24 January 2020

24.01.2020 15:18, ESA Top News

Week in images: 20-24 January 2020 Discover our week through the lens (20-24 January 2020).

Earth from Space: Deforestation in Bolivia

24.01.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Video: 00:03:15 This week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image over an area in the Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia, where part of the tropical dry forest has been cleared for agricultural...

Deforestation in Bolivia

24.01.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Image: This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image features an area in the Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia, where part of the tropical dry forest has been cleared for agricultural use.Since the 1980s, the area has been rapidly deforested owing to a...

Watch live: final #SpacewalkforAMS

23.01.2020 15:05, ESA Top News

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan will exit the International Space Station airlock together for the fourth time Saturday 25 January. It is the ninth spacewalk for Expedition 61 – the most spacewalks ever performed...

Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide

23.01.2020 14:22, ESA Top News

As well as providing global navigation services, Europe’s Galileo satellite constellation is contributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying SOS messages to first responders. And from now on the satellites will reply to these...

Two Moon rovers are better than one

23.01.2020 14:01, ESA Top News

Image: ESA has signed a deal with space engineering company COMEX in France to develop an innovative double-rover architecture for lunar surface exploration, based on a tractor and trailer concept. Read more here

Taal volcano blanketed by ash

23.01.2020 13:45, ESA Top News

Image: The Philippines’ Taal volcano erupted on 12 January 2020 – spewing an ash plume approximately 15 km high and forcing large-scale evacuations in the nearby area.This almost cloud-free image was captured today 23 January at 02:20 GMT...

Spacewalks, science and Beyond

23.01.2020 11:07, ESA Top News

Spacewalk season continues on the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan are getting ready to step outside the Quest airlock for their fourth and final time together on Saturday. But before...

Second space data highway satellite set to beam

23.01.2020 09:27, ESA Top News

The second satellite in the European Data Relay System has reached its intended orbit and completed its in-orbit tests.Dubbed the “SpaceDataHighway” by its commercial operator Airbus, EDRS uses innovative laser technology to enable...