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ESA probe and SpaceX satellite avoid a 'near-collision'

The European Space Agency fired the thrusters on its Aeolus satellite Monday to avoid a potential collision with a SpaceX Starlink satellite. Now it turns out SpaceX just didn't see the message that it might need to move out of the way.

Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite imagery shows Europe pulsing red

The European Space Agency shared a satellite view of the sweltering temperatures across Europe on Thursday. The amazing imagery is based on data from the European Union's Copernicus SENTINEL-3 mission.

July on track to be hottest month ever after record-breaking June

An historic heatwave in Europe and unusually warm conditions across the Arctic and Eurasia caused the Earth's average temperature to soar last month, making June the hottest on record. However, July is on track to break that heat record.

An air-breathing rocket engine gets green light for major tests

A new air-breathing rocket engine is ready for a major round of testing in the next 18 months after having passed a preliminary design review by the European Space Agency (ESA).

ESA's CHEOPS mission passes review — Cleared for flight this fall

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) recently passed a crucial review designed to assess the spacecraft's readiness for flight and ability to meet major mission goals. A launch window is anticipated for this fall.

ESA's Swarm Mission helped in updating the Earth's magnetic North

The foundation of many navigation systems, the World Magnetic Model, finally got a much-needed update with the end of the U.S. government shutdown. The update was released on Monday — and now the magnetic North can be located accurately.

ESA and ArianeGroup sign contract to study planned moon mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday awarded a one-year contract to ArianeGroup to study and prepare for a mission to the Moon with the aim of mining regolith.

Mile-deep Korolev crater on Mars is filled with ice, year-round

The image of the Korolev Crater sent back to Earth from the ESA's Mars Express orbiter on Thursday comes at an appropriate time, seeing as it's the start of the Winter Solstice. The mile-deep crater is filled with pristine ice, year-round.

Guiana Space Centre to get new rocket tower in the jungle

In a remote corner of a South American jungle, Europe’s new rocket launch tower is being built. French engineers working on the project in Kourou in French Guiana, affectionately call it a “moveable Eiffel Tower," even though it looks a bit boxey.

BepiColombo Mercury Mission has successful liftoff

BepiColombo is a mission to Mercury conducted jointly by the European and Japanese space agencies, The successful launch took place from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, at 01:45 GMT (03:45 CEST) on October 20 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.

European Space Agency shining the spotlight on sea-level rise

Scientists are meeting in the Azores this week to share findings on how satellites have revealed changes in the height of the sea, ice, inland bodies of water and more. Much of the meeting's focus will be on sea level rise.

ESA set to launch satellite to measure the wind on Tuesday

Kourou - The European Space Agency's (ESA) Aeolus satellite mission—named for the guardian of wind in Greek mythology - is set to launch on Tuesday from the Arianespace launch site in French Guiana.

Europe launches four more Galileo satellites today

Europe launched four more Galileo satellites on Wednesday, taking the number in orbit to 26 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system.

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

Meet Aeolus, the European Space Agency’s wind-sensing satellite

Before ESA’s Aeolus satellite is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for liftoff in August, media representatives had the chance to see this wind measuring Earth Explorer satellite standing proudly in the cleanroom.

Two missions will take us closer to the sun than ever before

It has been an exciting year for space science and there is still a lot to look forward to as we near the halfway point of 2018. Soon, two missions will take us closer to the sun than we've ever gone before, providing insight into how our star works.

Arctic satellite ground station caught up in bureaucratic delays

Ottawa - More than a year and a half ago, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) built five new satellite receivers in Inuvik, in northwest Canada, as part of a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). The ground station has remained untouched since 2016.

ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter using satellites

Plastic waste in our oceans is a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigantic scale of the problem.

ESA tests electric ion thruster fueled only by air molecules

In anticipation of future human missions to Mars and beyond, the European Space Agency (ESA) has developed and tested an electric ion thruster engine that is fueled using air molecules, eliminating the need for explosive gas propellants.

Sentinel 5P satellite images reveal extent of Earth's pollution

Images released by the European Space Agency on Friday are very revealing - Showing the level of air pollutants around the world, including the sulfur dioxide, ash, and smoke from the Mount Agung volcano in Bali.

Sentinel-5P pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch

A new Earth-observing satellite is ready for launch later this year that will give scientists data on air quality, ozone, and climate change. The satellite is an integral part of the Copernicus global monitoring program.

Sentinel — Our eye in the sky monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf

The world has been holding its collective breath, waiting for the Larsen C ice shelf to calve what will be the biggest iceberg on record. But monitoring the progress of the crack in the ice sheet would not be possible without the help of technology.

China talking with European Space Agency on building moon outpost

Representatives of the Chinese and European space agencies have been in talks over collaborating on a moon outpost as well as other space-related endeavors, according to Chinese media and a spokesman for the ESA.

Sinking San Joaquin Valley of California seen from space

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have released satellite imagery that shows the extent of land subsidence in California's San Joaquin Valley. Some areas have dropped more than two feet in the past year.

ESA uploads final commands for ExoMars spacecraft landing on Mars

The final commands for the landing of the ExoMars spacecraft have been uploaded in preparation for the joint European Space Agency/Roscosmos “ExoMars” mission's landing on the Martian surface on Sunday.

A tiny particle just punched a hole into a huge satellite

On August 23, a space particle the size of a tiny pebble smacked into the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinal-1A satellite, ripping a hole into one of its solar wings.

NASA forced to scrub plan to land unmanned ship on Mars

Lompoc - NASA has called off a planned mission to Mars early next year after scientists were unable to repair a leak in a key piece of science equipment.

Europe launches next phase of hi-tech Earth satellites

Kourou - The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the second phase of a 4.3-billion-euro ($4.91-billion) programme to deploy new-generation satellites to monitor environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations, officials said.

6 months in 6 mins: Astronaut's timelapse video of Earth from ISS

Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) offered humanity a special gift on Christmas, with 12500 photos of the planet sequenced into a stunning six-minute timelapse video.

NASA announces live coverage of European comet landing

Pasadena - NASA television will provide live coverage of the European Space Agency’s comet lander mission scheduled to touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, Nov.12.
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Comparing the size of the James Webb Space Telescope due for launch in 2018 with the Hubble Space Te...
Comparing the size of the James Webb Space Telescope due for launch in 2018 with the Hubble Space Telescope
Wikimedia Commons - Bobarino
The ESA s Gaia satellite will measure the positions of a very large number of stars with unprecedent...
The ESA's Gaia satellite will measure the positions of a very large number of stars with unprecedented accuracy. The distances and motions of stars in the Milky Way will be determined with extraordinary precision, allowing astronomers to determine our Galaxy's 3-dimensional structure, space velocities of its constituent stars and, from these data, further our understanding of our Galaxy's origin and evolution.
European Space Agency - ESA Gaia Project
Aeolus - Keeper of the winds
Aeolus - Keeper of the winds
ESA/ATG medialab
Satellite image of 2012 bloom (1/6 the size of 2011).
Satellite image of 2012 bloom (1/6 the size of 2011).
Credit: MERIS/NASA; processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
A rocket engine exploding will lead to the release of innumerable pieces of space debris  many big e...
A rocket engine exploding will lead to the release of innumerable pieces of space debris, many big enough to cause serious or catastrophic damage to spacecraft.
ESA
Satellite image of 2011 bloom (the most severe in decades).
Satellite image of 2011 bloom (the most severe in decades).
Credit: MERIS/NASA; processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
Space debris orbiting the Earth has become an ever-growing problem. Image dated January 4  2019.
Space debris orbiting the Earth has become an ever-growing problem. Image dated January 4, 2019.
European Space Agency (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)
Swarm is ESA’s first constellation of Earth observation satellites designed to measure the magneti...
Swarm is ESA’s first constellation of Earth observation satellites designed to measure the magnetic signals from Earth’s core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere, providing data that will allow scientists to study the complexities of our protective magnetic field.
ESA/AOES Medialab
Herschel’s view of the Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings. The image is a composi...
Herschel’s view of the Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings. The image is a composite of the wavelengths of 70 microns (blue), 160 microns (green) and 250 microns (red), and covers 4.5x1.5 degrees. The image is oriented with northeast towards the left of the image and southwest towards the right.
ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/N. Schneider, Ph. André, V. Könyves (CEA Saclay, France) for the “Gould
The ALADIN telescope fabricated in silicon carbide
The ALADIN telescope fabricated in silicon carbide
ESA/STEC
Allée du Bac  Kourou  French Guiana.
Allée du Bac, Kourou, French Guiana.
Arria Belli (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Schematic of Arctic ice thickness in 2013 presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013
Schematic of Arctic ice thickness in 2013 presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013
ESA Living Planet Symposium
Image released by European Space Agency ESA on Friday  Dec. 1  2017 shows pollution from power plant...
Image released by European Space Agency ESA on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 shows pollution from power plants in India taken by Copernicus Sentinel-5P on Nov. 10, 2017.
ESA
On September 29  2008  fter re-supplying the International Space Station  the European Space Agency ...
On September 29, 2008, fter re-supplying the International Space Station, the European Space Agency's Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, where researchers captured fiery images of its demise high over an uninhabited section of the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Tahiti.
NASA/ESA/Bill Moede and Jesse Carpenter / Wikimedia Commons
A sketch (not to scale) showing axions (blue) streaming out from the Sun  converting in the Earth s ...
A sketch (not to scale) showing axions (blue) streaming out from the Sun, converting in the Earth's magnetic field (red) into X-rays (orange), which are then detected by the XMM-Newton observatory.
University of Leicester
ROCKET RAISING - PROTON-M WITH EXOMARS 2016
ROCKET RAISING - PROTON-M WITH EXOMARS 2016
ESA
Setting up a future lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from loc...
Setting up a future lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials.
European Space Agency
Image of Venus produced using the same kind of radar being used on the ESA s Sentilel-1.
Image of Venus produced using the same kind of radar being used on the ESA's Sentilel-1.
NASA/JPL
OZONE Distribution on Earth
One of the first images from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission shows ho...
OZONE Distribution on Earth One of the first images from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission shows how ozone is distributed around the world. While ozone in the stratosphere is a good thing, protecting us from the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation, lower down in the atmosphere it is a harmful pollutant.
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Nominal measurement geometry and coverage of the Aeolus mission
Nominal measurement geometry and coverage of the Aeolus mission
ESA/STEC

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