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)
ExoMars parachute progress
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Positive steps towards solving the problems discovered with the ExoMars mission parachutes have been taken in the last month to keep on track for the July-August 2020 launch window.
Luca powers up for a spacewalk
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European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano is preparing to step out into space for his first spacewalk of the Beyond mission.
Call for innovation to advance Europeâ€™s lab in space
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The International Space Station is open for business and ESA is calling on industry to help extend the capabilities of Europeâ€™s Columbus laboratory to support science and technology in space beyond 2024.
River relic spied by Mars Express
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Mars may seem to be an alien world, but many of its features look eerily familiar â€“ such as this ancient, dried-up river system that stretches out for nearly 700 kilometres across the surface, making it one of the longest valley networks on the planet.
Astronauts and citizens team up against light pollution
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For an astronaut looking out of the International Space Station windows, city lights are brighter than the stars. To tackle light pollution citizen scientists are urged to help map out the problem on their smartphones by identifying images of cities taken from space.
Exoplanet and cosmology discoveries awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
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ESA congratulates 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, who have been awarded the prestigious prize for the first discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star, and James Peebles, honoured for the theoretical framework of cosmology used to investigate the Universe on its largest scales.
Can oceans turn the tide on the climate crisis?
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As we pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world is warming at an alarming rate, with devastating consequences. While our vast oceans are helping to take the heat out of climate change, new research shows that they are absorbing a lot more atmospheric carbon dioxide than previously thought â€“ but these positives may be outweighed by the downsides.
Controlling robots across oceans and space â€“ no magic required
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This Autumn is seeing a number of experiments controlling robots from afar, with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano directing a robot in The Netherlands and engineers in Germany controlling a rover in Canada.
Playmobil go above and beyond with ESAâ€™s Luca Parmitano
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Playmobil figures are enjoyed by millions of children around the world, but now two very special figures, in the likeness of ESAâ€™s Luca Parmitano, are flying around Earth with the astronaut himself.
Full house for space science
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Three newcomers and two spacecraft make a full house in space. The population of the International Space Station rose to nine last week while European science focused on bone loss, time perception and routine maintenance.
Ariane 6â€™s core engine completes qualification tests
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Ariane 6, Europe's next-generation launch vehicle, has passed another key development milestone. Its Vulcain 2.1 liquid-fuelled engine has now completed its qualification testing, which means combined tests can now begin.
Fly your experiment to the Space Station with Bioreactor Express Service
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ESA is partnering with Kayser Italia to offer the Kubik facility on the International Space Station to commercial customers. The new Bioreactor Express Service allows users to conduct experiments in weightlessness.
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Space Science Image of the Week: Citizen scientist spots asteroid in Hubble image of Crab Nebula
Week in images
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Our week through the lens:<br /> 07 - 11 October 2019
Let's talk space
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ESA Web TV reports on our 'next space generation' Space Talk where students gave their opinion on future space activities
Earth from Space
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In this edition, we explore two saline lakes in East Africa with Copernicus Sentinel-2
Space19+ in a nutshell
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Find out what's on the table at Space19+ where ESA Member States will take decisions on the future of Europe in space
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