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Week in images: 17-21 February 2020  ESA · 4 days
Week in images: 17-21 February 2020 Discover our week through the lens more
Earth from Space: Houston, Texas  ESA · 5 days
Video: 00:02:55 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission () takes us over Houston, the most populous city in... more
XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star  ESA · 5 days
A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays –... more
ESA Start-up Competition seeks Europe’s brightest innovation stars  ESA · 6 days
ESA is calling on ambitious start-ups to join the new ESA Start-up Competition. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs in... more
Ariane 5’s second launch of 2020  ESA · 7 days
Ariane 5 has delivered two satellites, JCSAT-17 and Geo-Kompsat-2B, into their planned transfer orbits. more
New adventures in beds and baths for spaceflight  ESA · 1 week
ESA is expanding its bedrest programme that allows researchers to study how human bodies react to living in space –... more
Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:08:18 Europe's Spaceport lies northeast of South America in French Guiana, an overseas department of France. This location near the equator enables the Ariane, Soyuz... more
First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements  ESA · 1 week
First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday 13 February providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board... more
Solar Orbiter braves challenging early days  ESA · 2 weeks
At 16:00 CET on Thursday, 13 February, the critical first 83 hours of Solar Orbiter’s unique mission to study our star came to an... more
Paxi on the ISS: Fun facts about the ISS  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:03:52 Our alien friend Paxi went to visit American astronaut Anne McClain on board the International Space... more
Bolivian highland heart  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: For Valentine’s Day, we bring you this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image capturing a beautiful heart-shaped geographical formation in the dramatic landscape of the southern highlands of Bolivia.The highlands are part... more
Earth from space: Bolivian highland heart  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:00:00 For Valentine's Day, this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image, capturing a beautiful heart-shaped geographical... more
Two halves of a whole  ESA · 2 weeks
Mars is very much a world of two halves, as this new image from ESA’s Mars Express highlights, showing where these dramatically different regions come together... more
The topography of Nilosyrtis Mensae  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: This colour-coded topographic image shows a region of Mars’ surface named Nilosyrtis Mensae, based on data gathered by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera... more
Perspective view of Nilosyrtis Mensae  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: This image shows a region of Mars’ surface named Nilosyrtis Mensae. It comprises data gathered on 29 September 2019 during orbit 19908. The ground resolution... more
Preparing Orion for thermal vacuum testing  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:01:11 A timelapse video of the Orion spacecraft with European Service Module getting ready for thermal vacuum testing at NASA’s Plum Brook Station.... more
Lagrange mission to provide solar warning  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:02:27 Earth’s magnetic field protects life on Earth from the intense radiation and titanic amounts of energetic material our Sun blasts in every... more
Iceberg shattered  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: The Pine Island Glacier recently spawned an iceberg over 300 sq km that very quickly shattered into pieces. This almost cloud-free image, captured on 11 February by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission,... more
Cork vs. reentry  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: The cork heat shield of ESA’s Qarman CubeSat burning away in simulated atmospheric reentry conditions, during ground testing.Due to be deployed next week from the International Space Station, Qarman (QubeSat... more
Asteroid experts catch final glimpse of Solar Orbiter  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: Last night, ESA’s Planetary Defence team observed the rare moment in which an object escaped our planet’s gravity, in... more
Pine Island Glacier spawns piglets  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:00:11 As anticipated, Pine Island Glacier, known as PIG for short, in Antarctica has just spawned a huge iceberg. At over 300 sq km, about... more
Solar Orbiter launch highlights  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:01:57 Highlights from the preparation and liftoff of ESA’s Sun-exploring mission Solar Orbiter.Solar Orbiter lofted to space aboard the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s spaceport... more
Qarman CubeSat: falling into a fireball  ESA · 2 weeks
This Wednesday 12 February,  ESA’s latest mission will enter the vacuum of space, not aboard a rocket but by being released from the International... more
ESA's next Sun mission will be shadow-casting pair  ESA · 2 weeks
After Solar Orbiter, ESA’s next mission observing the Sun will not be one spacecraft but two: the double satellites making... more
Solar Orbiter launch replay  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:00:00 Watch a replay of the launch of Solar Orbiter, ESA’s new Sun-exploring spacecraft, which will look at our parent star from a completely new perspective. The... more
Liftoff for Solar Orbiter, ESA’s mission to face the Sun up close  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission lifted off on an Atlas V 411 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 05:03 CET on 10 February on its mission... more
Solar Orbiter liftoff  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:00:00 ESA’s new Sun-exploring mission Solar Orbiter lofted to space aboard the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s spaceport in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 04:03 GMT (05:03 CET)... more
Solar Orbiter roll out  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: The US Atlas V 411 rocket with ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft inside rolled out ahead of launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday 8 February... more
Solar Orbiter at the launch pad  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: The US Atlas V 411 rocket with ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft inside rolled out ahead of launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida... more
Luca speaks with European media  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:00:00 Media had their first opportunity to ask questions of ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano in Europe on Saturday 8 February 2020 – just two days... more
ESA’s Technology Transfer and Patent Office  ESA · 2 weeks
Our missionIt takes inventiveness to design for space. The new technologies, systems and know-how making ESA missions possible often hold much wider potential in... more
Watch live: Solar Orbiter pre-launch briefings  ESA · 3 weeks
Watch live: Solar Orbiter pre-launch briefings Watch ESA Web TV for the Solar Orbiter pre-launch press event, live from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in... more
Week in images: 3-7 February 2020  ESA · 3 weeks
Week in images: 3-7 February 2020 Discover our week through the lens more
Watch live: Luca speaks with European media  ESA · 3 weeks
Just two days after landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan, watch live as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano shares his spaceflight experiences with... more
Space station to forge ultra-fast connections  ESA · 3 weeks
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plan to install a high-speed radio link to enable almost real-time connections with Earth.The upgrade to the ESA... more
Here comes the Sun!  ESA · 3 weeks
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... more
Luca Parmitano: back from Beyond  ESA · 3 weeks
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... more
A perfect blur – First image by exoplanet watcher Cheops  ESA · 3 weeks
ESA’s exoplanet-observer Cheops acquired the first image of its initial target star, following the successful telescope... more
Cheops image of its first target star  ESA · 3 weeks
Image: Image of HD 70843, the star chosen as the first target for Cheops, ESA’s Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite. The star, located around... more
Flevoland, the Netherlands  ESA · 3 weeks
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... more
Earth from Space: Flevoland  ESA · 3 weeks
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... more
Watch Solar Orbiter launch live  ESA · 3 weeks
Watch the launch of ESA’s new powerful Sun explorer, Solar Orbiter, on ESA Web TV on Monday 10 February from 03:36 GMT (04:36 CET). more
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