Microbial wipe down

22.01.2020 14:46, ESA Top News

Image: Sometimes doing science is as simple as wiping up. NASA astronaut Jack Fisher is seen here using a wet wipe on the surfaces of the European Cupola module of the International Space Station.Doubling as both Station maintenance and...

Call for media: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returns from commanding the Space Station

22.01.2020 10:22, ESA Top News

Press Release N° 28–2020 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is returning to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. He will land with Alexander Skvortsov and Christina Koch in Kazakhstan on 6 February 2020 after 201 days in...

Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun

21.01.2020 09:37, ESA Top News

Press Release N° 27–2020 ESA’s new Sun explorer will be launched from Cape Canaveral on 6 February. Media are invited to Europe’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, to follow the launch and moment of signal acquisition.

XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings

20.01.2020 17:00, ESA Top News

Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now, for the first time, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating echoes of this radiation to map the dynamic behaviour and surroundings of a black hole...

The Sun in 2019

20.01.2020 14:00, ESA Top News

Image: The changing activity of our Sun as seen by ESA’s Proba-2 satellite in 2019.The satellite is continuously monitoring the Sun – one image was selected to represent each day of the year in this montage of 365 Suns. The images were taken...

Discover our new Solar Orbiter range

17.01.2020 13:56, ESA Top News

Discover our new Solar Orbiter range

ESA opens oxygen plant – making air out of moondust

17.01.2020 13:30, ESA Top News

ESA’s technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust.

Earth from Space: Japanese archipelago

17.01.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Video: 00:00:00 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over Japan's four main islands. See also Japanese archipelago to download the image.

Japanese archipelago

17.01.2020 10:00, ESA Top News

Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over the Japanese archipelago – a string of islands that extends about 3000 km into the western Pacific Ocean.While the archipelago is made up of over 6000 islands, this image focuses on...

First Spacebus Neo satellite launched

16.01.2020 22:45, ESA Top News

Ariane 5’s first launch of 2020 has delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned transfer orbits. Arianespace announced liftoff at 21:05 GMT (22:05 CET, 18:05 local time) this evening from Europe’s Spaceport in...

Ariane 5 liftoff

16.01.2020 22:05, ESA Top News

Image: On 16 January 2020, Ariane 5 flight VA251 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned orbits.

Ariane 5 liftoff

16.01.2020 22:05, ESA Top News

Image: On 16 January 2020, Ariane 5 flight VA251 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned orbits.

Ariane 5 liftoff

16.01.2020 22:05, ESA Top News

Image: On 16 January 2020, Ariane 5 flight VA251 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned orbits.

Vacancy for the post of Director of Telecommunications

16.01.2020 13:57, ESA Top News

The European Space Agency is currently looking for a new Director of Telecommunications to join its executive board and support the Director General, with responsibility for relevant ESA programmes and overall objectives.

ExoMars Rover completes environmental tests

16.01.2020 09:30, ESA Top News

Image: The Rosalind Franklin rover of the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission completed a series of environmental tests at the end of 2019 at Airbus, Toulouse, France. This included final thermal and vacuum tests where the Rover is heated...

Mapping the cosmic journey of phosphorus with Rosetta and ALMA

15.01.2020 15:00, ESA Top News

Astronomers using the combined powers of ESA’s Rosetta mission and the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have traced the journey of phosphorus – one of life’s building blocks – from star-forming regions to comets.

Flooding in southern Iran

15.01.2020 15:00, ESA Top News

Image: Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in southern Iran, particularly in the Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces. The downpour has led to blocked roads and destroyed bridges, crops and houses – displacing thousands...

Astronomers Reveal Interstellar Thread of One of Life’s Building Blocks

15.01.2020 12:00, ESO Top News

Phosphorus, present in our DNA and cell membranes, is an essential element for life as we know it. But how it arrived on the early Earth is something of a mystery. Astronomers have now traced the journey of phosphorus from star-forming regions to...

Replay: ESA Director General's press briefing

15.01.2020 11:00, ESA Top News

Video: 01:31:40 Recording of the ESA Director General’s start-of-the-year press briefing, held at ESA headquarters in Paris, France, on 15 January 2020.This briefing, with DG Jan Wörner and ESA Directors, lays out plans for the new...

Plant-powered sensor sends signal to space

15.01.2020 10:52, ESA Top News

A device that uses electricity generated by plants as its power source has communicated via satellite – a world first.Such sensors could be used to connect everyday objects in remote locations, enabling them to send and receive data as part of...