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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)
Mine craft for Mars
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Speeding up cancer screening
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Delivering breast cancer screening results in a day instead of todayâ€™s standard two weeks is being proposed by an ESA incubator start-up company using paperless technology and online image transfers. Screening vans are already on the streets.
Space2Health: the hackathon
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What better way to show your love of science than entering a hackathon? Organised by the Merck science and technology company, alongside ESA, the Space2Health hackathon recently attracted a set of talented individuals who crunched numbers in a 24-hour event to find the best solution to one of the set challenges.
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
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An unprecedented catalogue of more than 21 000 images taken by a webcam on ESAâ€™s Mars Express is proving its worth as a science instrument, providing a global survey of unusual high-altitude cloud features on the Red Planet.
ESA role in Europeâ€™s first all-electric telecom satellite
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Europeâ€™s first all-electric telecom satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA-led projects, including fully articulated thruster arms.
Integral sees blast travelling with gravitational waves
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ESAâ€™s Integral satellite recently played a crucial role in discovering the flash of gamma rays linked to the gravitational waves released by the collision of two neutron stars.
ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter
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When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable.
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
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Launched last week, Europeâ€™s Sentinel-5P satellite â€“ the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe â€“ is in excellent health.
Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit
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The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinelâ€‘5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing
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The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europeâ€™s Spaceport in French Guiana.
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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but â€śLucaparmitanoâ€ť is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer.
Secrets of hidden ice canyons revealed
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We are all aware that Antarcticaâ€™s ice shelves are thinning, but recently scientists have also discovered huge canyons cutting through the underbelly of these shelves, potentially making them even more fragile. Thanks to the CryoSat and Sentinel-1 missions, new light is being shed on this hidden world.
Week in Images
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Our week through the lens:<br /> 16-20 October 2017
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Sentinel-3A took Opheliaâ€™s temperature as the storm moved towards the British Isles
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Watch the replay of the Sentinel-5P launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia
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