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With ESA’s help, the latest atmosphere monitor on the International Space Station is delivering results on our planet’s ozone, aerosol and nitrogen trioxide levels. Installed last year on the orbital outpost, NASA’s sensor tracks the Sun and Moon to probe the constituents of our atmosphere.
The nature of planets orbiting stars in other systems will be the focus for ESA’s fourth medium-class science mission, to be launched in mid 2028.
Human spaceflight and exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst begins preflight science measurements.
The traditional way of mapping Earth’s geology and mineral resources is a costly and time-consuming undertaking. While satellites cannot entirely replace the expert in the field, they can certainly help – as a recent effort in Africa shows.
The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are 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.
Europe’s first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch.
The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun regularly relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.
Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26 000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.
In this edition, discover the Japanese capital of Tokyo with Sentinel-2
Steve – a strange shimmering ribbon of purple light in the night sky – was discovered in 2016, but now, thanks to ESA’s Swarm mission, more is known about this weird feature of the aurora.
Space Science Image of the Week: The Crab Nebula in ultraviolet light, as seen by ESA's XMM-Newton telescope
Our week through the lens: 12-16 March 2018
In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from the top of the atmosphere for propellant, opening the way to satellites flying in very low orbits for years on end.
ESA’s Integral space observatory has witnessed a rare event: the moment that winds emitted by a swollen red giant star revived its slow-spinning companion, the core of a dead star, bringing it back to life in a flash of X-rays.
New images and video from ESA’s Mars Express show Phobos and Deimos drifting in front of Saturn and background stars, revealing more about the positioning and surfaces of the Red Planet’s mysterious moons.
Technology image of the week: Photographer Edgar Martins, who ventured inside this space simulator, has been shortlisted by the Sony World Photography Awards
Human Spaceflight and exploration image of the week: ESA's first Automated Transfer Vehicle was launched to the International Space Station a decade ago
Space Science Image of the Week: Saturn's storms are a sight to behold, as Cassini discovered when it saw this behemoth of a storm encircling the planet in 2011
Two ESA business incubators have been ranked fourth and seventh in the world classification of university-affiliated incubators evaluated in 53 countries.
Our week through the lens: 26 February - 2 March 2018