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Mine craft for Mars

Speeding up cancer screening

Delivering breast cancer screening results in a day instead of today's standard two weeks is being proposed by an ESA incubator start-up company using paperless technology and online image transfers. Screening vans are already on the streets.

Space2Health: the hackathon

What better way to show your love of science than entering a hackathon? Organised by the Merck science and technology company, alongside ESA, the Space2Health hackathon recently attracted a set of talented individuals who crunched numbers in a 24-hour event to find the best solution to one of the ...

Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds

An unprecedented catalogue of more than 21 000 images taken by a webcam on ESA's Mars Express is proving its worth as a science instrument, providing a global survey of unusual high-altitude cloud features on the Red Planet.

ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite

Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA-led projects, including fully articulated thruster arms.

Liftoff replay

Watch the replay of the Sentinel-5P launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia

Revisit the launch event

From ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands, watch the replay of the event to celebrate the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere

Week in Images

Our week through the lens: 9-13 October 2017

Global space

Watch replay of Global Space Economic Workshop held in Paris, 13 October

Integral sees blast travelling with gravitational waves

ESA's Integral satellite recently played a crucial role in discovering the flash of gamma rays linked to the gravitational waves released by the collision of two neutron stars.

ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter

When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the ...

Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health

Launched last week, Europe's Sentinel-5P satellite – the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe – is in excellent health.

Blue Mars

Space Science Image of the Week: A cloudy day over volcanic Mars, captured by the ExoMars orbiter

Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing

The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Asteroid Luca

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but Lucaparmitano' is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer.

Secrets of hidden ice canyons revealed

We are all aware that Antarctica's ice shelves are thinning, but recently scientists have also discovered huge canyons cutting through the underbelly of these shelves, potentially making them even more fragile. Thanks to the CryoSat and Sentinel-1 missions, new light is being shed on this hidden ...

Follow the launch event

Live from ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands, follow the event leading up to the launch of Sentinel-5P. Streaming begins at 08:30 GMT

Watch Sentinel-5P launch

Follow the Sentinel-5P launch live from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia on 13 October. Streaming begins at 09:00 GMT , with liftoff scheduled at 09:27 GMT

California fires

Sentinel-3 captured smoke from a recent outbreak of wildfires in the US state of California as they spread to the Pacific coast

Test site sightseeing

Technology image of the week: A young visitor explores ESA's satellite test centre during Open Day

Ready to assume control of Sentinel-5P

Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space.

Weightless Wishes

The  Rêves de Gosse association, together with ESA and Novespace, helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights.

Round and round they go

Human Spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Spacewalking astronauts

New crew and new research in Antarctica

The Concordia research station in Antarctica is a place of extremes: for nine months no supplies can be delivered, the nearest living beings are 600 km away at the Russian Vostok station, and the Sun does not rise above the horizon for four months in the winter.

Sentinel-5P poised for liftoff

With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

Patchwork geology

Space Science Image of the Week: This colourful patchwork maps geological features on Mercury, destination for our upcoming BepiColombo mission

Week in Images

Our week through the lens: 2-6 October 2017

To Mars with ESA and the Guggenheim Bilbao

ESA and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, with the BBK Foundation, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Spanish arts centre with a performance of Chasmata, a journey to Mars through contemporary art, music and architecture. Monday's concert can be seen online starting at 18:30 GMT .

Colourful dunes on wind-swept Mars

Dunes are prominent indicators of prevailing winds, as can be seen on this crater floor on Mars, imaged by ESA's Mars Express on 16 May.

Earth from Space

Join us Friday, 6 October, at 10:00 CEST for the 'Earth from Space' video programme

Shooting star

Operations image of the week: A meteoroid burns up in the atmosphere as seen over Ermelo, the Netherlands

Sentinel-5P sealed from view

As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27GMT .

Sputnik – 60 years of the space age

Sixty years ago, the first 'beep-beep' signal from Sputnik was heard from the heavens on the night of 4 October 1957, marking the beginning of a new era for humankind.


Celebrating 60 years of the Space Age

Is it a bird?

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Is it a bird? Is it a Space Station? It is both …

Antenna test zone

Technology image of the week: ESA's cavernous Hertz test chamber will be on show to the public during Sunday's Open Day in the Netherlands

Facing the Sun

Space Science Image of the Week: ESA's Solar Orbiter will face the Sun from within the orbit of Mercury

Africa, classified

From the barren Sahara to lush jungles, the first high-resolution map classifying land cover types on the entire African continent has been released. The map was created using some 180 000 images from Sentinel-2A

Galileo pair arrives in French Guiana

Europe's next two Galileo navigation satellites have touched down in Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana ahead of the launch of a quartet by Ariane 5 at the end of this year.

Rise of the planets

Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Moon rising as lightning strikes Earth in this video timelapse from ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli

Researchers' night

Relive European Researchers' Night at ESA's Earth Observation Centre, ESRIN, 29 September

Week in Images

Our week through the lens: 25-29 September 2017