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|Info||What is ESA?
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 18 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
What does ESA do?
ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA's programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.
Who belongs to ESA?
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada takes part in some projects under a Cooperation agreement.
Hungary, Romania, Poland, Estonia and Slovenia are ‘European Cooperating States’. Other countries have signed cooperation agreements with ESA.
Current news from European Space Agency (ESA)
CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D
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Around 250 million measurements taken by ESAâ€™s CryoSat over the last six years have been used to create a unique 3D view of Antarctica, offering a snapshot of the undulating surface of this vast ice sheet.
Satellites shed new light on earthquakes
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Satellite radar scans of last yearâ€™s earthquake in New Zealand are changing the way we are thinking about earthquake hazards in regions where our planetâ€™s tectonic plates meet.
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
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Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving.
Collapsing cliff reveals cometâ€™s interior
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Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet.
Unravelling Earthâ€™s magnetic field
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ESAâ€™s Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earthâ€™s magnetic field to unpick â€“ as well as our planetâ€™s magnetic history imprinted on Earthâ€™s crust.
To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond
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After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all-out effort to measure ice on land and sea.
Glitter helps to monitor ocean waves
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The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the motion of the sea surface.
Two more spacewalks for Thomas Pesquet
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ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make two more spacewalks under NASAâ€™s plans to maintain the International Space Station during his mission.
Beautiful science with astronaut aurora
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Some of the most wonderful pictures taken by astronauts from space are of aurora dancing over our planet. Now the photos are more than just pretty pictures thanks to an ESA project that makes them scientifically usable.
ESAâ€™s Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
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Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESAâ€™s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer â€“ Juice â€“ from the drawing board and into construction.
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
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The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway.
A â€˜toastâ€™ to Copernicus Sentinel-2B as it delivers its first images
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Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Unionâ€™s Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the â€˜colour visionâ€™ it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.
Prize space photos
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Photographer Gregor Sailer has been awarded at the European Architectural Prize 2017 for his depictions of space infrastructure
Week In Images
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Our week through the lens:<br /> 20-24 March 2017
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Thanks to the Swarm satellite trio, the most detailed magnetic map yet from space of Earth's rigid outer layer has been released
30 years of deforestation
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While the world marks the International Day of Forests, satellites continue to monitor the long-term effects of human activities on our planetâ€™s precious resources
Replay from Banff
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Watch the replay of the opening session for the Swarm and CryoSat Science Meetings in Banff, Canada
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New findings from ESAâ€™s magnetic field Swarm mission were the highlight of ESAâ€™s science conference in Canada
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