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)
Ensuring fresh air for all
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A start-up company from an ESA business incubator is offering affordable air-quality monitors for homes, schools and businesses using technology it developed for the International Space Station.
Croatia signs Cooperation Agreement
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The Republic of Croatia signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA on 19 February 2018. This agreement will allow Croatia and ESA to create the framework for a more intensive and concrete cooperation related to ESA programmes and activities.
All-in-one service for the Space Station
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Quick access to space, high-speed data feed and a unique vantage point are the selling points of a new commercial venture on the International Space Station. Its name is Bartolomeo, and its versatile design allows for many mission types at competitive prices from next year.
Where no mission has gone before
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Living near a star is risky business, and positioning a spacecraft near the Sun is a very good way to observe rapidly changing solar activity and deliver early warning of possibly harmful space weather. ESA is now looking at doing just that.
The size of a cereal box: ESAâ€™s first satellite of 2018
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ESAâ€™s first mission of the year was launched today: GomX-4B is the Agencyâ€™s most advanced technology-tester yet, featuring a <a href="http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/Hand-sized_hyperspectral_camera_to_fly_on_ESA_s_next_CubeSat">hyperspectral camera</a> and tiny thrusters to manoeuvre thousands of kilometres from its near-twin to try out their radio link.
Stellar winds behaving unexpectedly
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ESAâ€™s XMM-Newton has spotted surprising changes in the powerful streams of gas from two massive stars, suggesting that colliding stellar winds donâ€™t behave as expected.
Putting everyday computer parts to space radiation test
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ESAâ€™s next mission, the miniature GomX-4B, includes a piggyback experiment to test how well everyday commercial computer memories perform in the radiation-soaked environment of space.
Jumping around for good health
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Simple yet efficient: intensive jumping might be a panacea for strong bones, muscles and hearts. A European study has confirmed the benefits of making giant leaps not only for astronauts, but also for elderly and sedentary people.
CubeSats for hunting secrets in lunar darkness
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Imagine sending a spacecraft the size of an airline cabin bag to the Moon â€“ what would you have it do? ESA issued that challenge to European teams last year, and two winners have now been chosen.
Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity
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ESA has helped coastal authorities to track up to 70% more ships and pick up nearly three times more ship positions via satellite than was possible before.
Elementary, my dear machine intelligence
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Artificial intelligence already helping astronauts on the International Space Station is also providing a promising approach for solving crimes. In an era of security concerns across Europe, the smart use of police data is critical for uncovering leads.
Crater Neukum named after Mars Express founder
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A fascinating martian crater has been chosen to honour the German physicist and planetary scientist, Gerhard Neukum, one of the founders of ESAâ€™s Mars Express mission.
White space science
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Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Far from home and under stress â€“ using Antarctica for space exploration
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Space Science Image of the Week: These enticing peaks in the outer Solar System would challenge even skilled Olympic skiers
Week In Images
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Our week through the lens:<br /> 12-16 February 2018
Earth from Space
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With the Chinese calendar rolling over into a new year today, we take a look at a Sentinel-2 image of Beijing, the capital of China
Asteroid Day takes off
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Replay: On 15 February, ESA specialists joined astronauts, scientists and international experts to kick off 2018 Asteroid Day activities
From ESA with love
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A heartwarming design now in the ESAshop
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