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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)
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday’s flight
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/lowering_the_fairing/17292363-1-eng-GB/Lowering_the_fairing_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday. </p>

Cells in space
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/introducing_kubik/17288774-1-eng-GB/Introducing_Kubik_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Laboratories on Earth hardly make the news, unless they come up with life-saving cures. So why would anyone care about a lab in space? The medicine you take on Earth begins with cell research, and the latest experiments on the International Space Station are helping to develop new treatments for osteoporosis, eye diseases and muscle atrophy.&nbsp; </p>

Visit of President of Republic of Bulgaria to ESA
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/visit_of_bulgarian_president_to_esa_hq/17284249-1-eng-GB/Visit_of_Bulgarian_President_to_ESA_HQ_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p class=" text-left"> The President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Rumen Radev, was welcomed on a visit to ESA’s Headquarters in Paris on 4 December by the Agency’s Director General, Jan Wörner. </p>

Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/sentinel-5p_sees_nitrogen_dioxide_over_europe/17277765-1-eng-GB/Sentinel-5P_sees_nitrogen_dioxide_over_Europe_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. </p>

Space technology to drive autonomous ships
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/11/autodocking_system/17275695-1-eng-GB/Autodocking_system_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA Director General Jan Wörner signed a Memorandum of Intent with Rolls-Royce today, as the two entities agree to investigate how space technology can be used to develop autonomous and remote-controlled ships. </p>

Crossing drones with satellites: ESA eyes high-altitude aerial platforms
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/11/high-altitude_pseudo-satellites/17271597-1-eng-GB/High-altitude_pseudo-satellites_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a ‘missing link’ between drones and satellites. </p>

Going green to the Red Planet
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/videos/2017/11/station_flyover/17272969-1-eng-GB/Station_flyover_small.png" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA’s ground station in Western Australia routinely communicates with spacecraft at far-away places like Mars. Now, it’s using sunlight to generate electricity, significantly reducing energy costs. </p>

ESA’s latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/11/testing_cubesat_pair_in_mechanical_systems_lab/17266005-1-eng-GB/Testing_CubeSat_pair_in_Mechanical_Systems_Lab_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> GomX-4B, ESA’s latest and largest technology-testing CubeSat, will be launched from China early next year, together with the near-identical GomX-4A. The pair will test intersatellite communication links and propulsion while orbiting up to 4500 km apart. </p>

Forty years of Meteosat
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/11/meteosat-1_launch/17264651-1-eng-GB/Meteosat-1_launch_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA’s first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from <a href="http://www.esa.int/Education/3._The_geostationary_orbit">geostationary</a> orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today. </p>

Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/11/satellites_and_dispenser/17263025-1-eng-GB/Satellites_and_dispenser_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. </p>

Gadgets for Mars
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/11/roving_in_lanzarote/17262184-1-eng-GB/Roving_in_Lanzarote_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> A mini-rover, tools once used on the Moon and lasers for 3D mapping are in the backpack of the explorers of tomorrow. The terrain will be hazardous and it will be dark in volcanic caves, but this equipment could one day help to scout other planets.&nbsp; </p>

Fracture swarms on Mars
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/11/sirenum_fossae_perspective_view/17250200-1-eng-GB/Sirenum_Fossae_perspective_view_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet’s crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. </p>

Watch Galileo launch
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2016/11/galileos_deployed/16512541-1-eng-GB/Galileos_deployed_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> See the launch of Galileo satellites 19–22 on Tuesday 12 December. Streaming starts at 18:10 GMT (1910 CET)

Hot stellar bubble
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/crescent_nebula/17293478-1-eng-GB/Crescent_nebula_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> Space Science Image of the Week: A massive star nearing the end of its life creates a dynamic bubble in space

California in flames
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/california_in_flames/17292591-1-eng-GB/California_in_flames_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, this image shows flames and smoke from fierce blazes devastating the Los Angeles area

Week in Images
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/paolo_in_beam/17285096-1-eng-GB/Paolo_in_BEAM_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> Our week through the lens:<br /> 4-8 December 2017

Season's greetings
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/season_s_greetings_2017/17284813-1-eng-GB/Season_s_Greetings_2017_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> Send an out-of-this-world e-card to your friends

Esashop's new worlds
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/12/esa_shop_new_collections/17281160-1-eng-GB/ESA_shop_new_collections_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> New collection of ESA merchandise featuring the Solar System now in the ESAshop, plus some seasonal surprises!

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