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Launch date set for ESA's Solar Orbiter mission 'to face the sun'

The ESA announced on Tuesday that its Solar Orbiter mission will launch from Cape Canaveral on February 6. The ESA-led mission will provide the first views of the Sun’s unchartered polar regions, giving unprecedented insight into how our star works.

Joint mission will launch 2 satellites to track rising sea levels

One of the clear signs of climate change is rising ocean levels. Now a joint mission involving the US and Europe is launching a pair of satellites starting in November 2020, to provide more detailed information about rising sea levels.

Swiss startup chosen by ESA for space debris cleanup mission

A self-destructing robot will be sent into orbit on the world's first space cleanup mission, European scientists announced Monday, a fresh approach to fixing up the galaxy's junk graveyard.

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.
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XMM-Newton X-ray view of Messier 16
XMM-Newton X-ray view of Messier 16
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An image of the asteroid Pallas captured by the European Southern Observatory s Very Large Telescope...
An image of the asteroid Pallas captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope.
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Close-up of the region containing Philae’s primary landing site J  which is located on the ‘head...
Close-up of the region containing Philae’s primary landing site J, which is located on the ‘head’ of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The mosaic comprises two images taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 14 September 2014 from a distance of about 30 km.
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Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
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An ESA Basic Activities project is investigating the feasibility of measuring plastic litter found i...
An ESA Basic Activities project is investigating the feasibility of measuring plastic litter found in the ocean from orbit.
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Rosetta spacecraft s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera obtained this close-up detail of a smooth region on ...
Rosetta spacecraft's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera obtained this close-up detail of a smooth region on the "base" of the "body" section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6, 2014.
Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team
On July 20  2017  media representatives  members of the UK Space Agency and National Centre for Eart...
On July 20, 2017, media representatives, members of the UK Space Agency and National Centre for Earth Observation had the chance to see this Copernicus air-pollution monitoring satellite standing proud in the cleanroom.
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The Solar Orbiter spacecraft (seen in the background) is fuelled with propellants and oxidiser in th...
The Solar Orbiter spacecraft (seen in the background) is fuelled with propellants and oxidiser in the hazardous processing facility at Astrotech. The spacecraft contains hydrazine and MON-3 – a mixture of oxides and nitrogen. Thrusters are used to control the attitude of the spacecraft once in space.
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The air-breathing thruster was initially run with standard xenon propellant  causing a bluish plume ...
The air-breathing thruster was initially run with standard xenon propellant, causing a bluish plume, which was then progressively replaced with a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen to represent Earth's atmosphere. Success was marked by the thruster plume changing to purple.
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The PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will identify and study thousands o...
The PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will identify and study thousands of exoplanetary systems, with emphasis on discovering and characterising Earth-sized planets and super-Earths.
ESA/C. Carreau
SENTINEL-5P SEES NITROGEN DIOXIDE OVER EUROPE
Sentinel-5P mission shows nitrogen dioxide over Europe...
SENTINEL-5P SEES NITROGEN DIOXIDE OVER EUROPE Sentinel-5P mission shows nitrogen dioxide over Europe on 22 November 2017. It shows high emissions over the Po Valley in northern Italy and over western Germany.
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Engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE)
Engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE)
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The Sentinel-4 mission focuses on monitoring of trace gas concentrations and aerosols in the atmosph...
The Sentinel-4 mission focuses on monitoring of trace gas concentrations and aerosols in the atmosphere to support operational services covering air-quality near-real time applications, air-quality protocol monitoring and climate protocol monitoring.
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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
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Plastic litter in global oceans
Plastic litter in global oceans
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Here’s a quick look overview of the mission in our new factsheet.
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Left is an image of the nearby spiral Andromeda galaxy: The rectangle highlights the 7 900 light-yea...
Left is an image of the nearby spiral Andromeda galaxy: The rectangle highlights the 7,900 light-years-wide region probed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope near the galaxy's hub; there a grouping of stars shows as a bright area, and the blue dots sprinkled throughout are extremely hot ultra-blue stars.
NASA; ESA; B. Williams and J. Dalcanton, University of Washington
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
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Depiction of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module
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