European Space Agency (ESA)
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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)
Walking on the Moon â€“ underwater
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Itâ€™s one of the deepest â€˜swimming poolsâ€™ in Europe, but for three years has been helping preparations for a human return to the Moon. ESAâ€™s Neutral Buoyancy Facility at the European Astronaut Centre has been the site of the â€˜Moondiveâ€™ study, using specially weighted spacesuits to simulate lunar gravity, which is just one sixth that of Earth.
Storm hunter in position
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The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, also known as the Space Storm Hunter, was installed today outside the European space laboratory Columbus.
Mars impact crater or supervolcano?
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These images from ESAâ€™s Mars Express show a crater named Ismenia Patera on the Red Planet. Its origin remains uncertain: did a meteorite smash into the surface or could it be the remnants of a supervolcano?
Top tomatoes thanks to Mars missions
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Next time you eat a tomato or sweet pepper, take a closer look, because thereâ€™s a good chance that its healthy appearance is thanks to one of US President Barack Obamaâ€™s speeches and ESA research for sending people on long space missions.
Mars Express v2.0
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Every so often, your smartphone or tablet receives new software to improve its functionality and extend its life. Now, ESAâ€™s Mars Express is getting a fresh install, delivered across over 150 million km of space.
Swarm tracks elusive ocean magnetism
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The magnetic field is arguably one of the most mysterious features of our planet. ESAâ€™s Swarm mission is continually yielding more insight into how our protective shield is generated, how it behaves and how it is changing. Adding yet another string to its bow, Swarm is now tracking changes in the magnetic field produced in the oceans in more detail that ever before.
ExoMars poised to start science mission
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The ExoMars orbiter will soon begin its search for gases that may be linked to active geological or biological activity on the Red Planet.
Ariane 5â€™s second launch of 2018
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An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the DSN-1/Superbird-8 and Hylas-4 telecom satellites into their planned orbits.
Antarctica loses grip
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ESAâ€™s CryoSat mission has revealed that, over the last seven years, Antarctica has lost an area of underwater ice the size of Greater London. This is because warm ocean water beneath the continentâ€™s floating margins is eating away at the ice attached to the seabed.
Storm hunter launched to International Space Station
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ESAâ€™s observatory to monitor electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere is on its way to the International Space Station. The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor is riding in the Dragon cargo vehicle that lifted off at 20:30 GMT (16:40 local time) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
The Viking, the dragon and the god of thunder
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Scandinavian mythology stories are rich in fantastic creatures, and a Nordic astronaut is about to write a new chapter as Space Viking Andreas Mogensen monitors the arrival of the Dragon cargo vessel at the International Space Station next week. The passenger: a state-of-the-art lightning hunter.
ESA reentry expertise
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Every week, on average, a substantial, inert satellite drops into our atmosphere and burns up. Monitoring these reentries and warning European civil authorities has become routine work for ESAâ€™s space debris experts.
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Earth observation image of the week: marking Earth Day, Sentinel-2 shows us a remote South Pacific island, which may look untouched by humans but is littered with tonnes of plastic
Earth from Space
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Ahead of Earth Day, this edition features a Sentinel-2 image of a remote South Pacific island, which may look idyllic but is littered with tonnes of plastic
Happy birthday Hubble!
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Sail across the Lagoon Nebula on the occasion of the Hubble Space Telescope's 28th anniversary
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Technology image of the week: First-light view from the HyperScout CubeSat imager
Looking at Horizons
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Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst discusses Horizons mission during press conference
An icy mirage?
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Space Science Image of the Week: Mars Express uses radar to penetrate the crust of the Red Planet and explore what lies beneath
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