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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)
Solar spectacular seen from Earth and space
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> While ground-based observers experienced the awe-inspiring view of a total solar eclipse yesterday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and our Sun-watching satellites, enjoyed unique perspectives of this spectacular sight from space. </p>

Sentinel-1 speeds up crop insurance payouts
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> For the first time in India, a state government is using satellites to assess lost crops so that farmers can benefit from speedy insurance payouts. </p>

ESA’s Proba-3 will create artificial solar eclipses
<img src="" width="170" height="95" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Astrophysicists are joining sightseers in watching Monday’s total solar eclipse across North America but, in the decade to come, they will be viewing eclipses that last for hours instead of a few minutes – thanks to a pioneering ESA space mission. </p>

Tracking a solar eruption through the Solar System
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Ten spacecraft, from ESA’s Venus Express to NASA’s Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the Solar System while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. </p>

Preserving the stress of volcanic uprise on Mars
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> An ancient mountain range on Mars preserves a complex volcanic and tectonic past imprinted with signs of water and ice interactions.&nbsp; </p>

Vega lofts two satellites on second launch this year
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> This morning Arianespace launched a Vega rocket carrying two Earth observation satellites for Italy, France and Israel encased in Vega’s lighter protective fairing. </p>

The flying kettle
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> A warm meal was quickly delivered by a drone from an ESA business incubator start-up to the last inhabitant in a remote village in Portugal. </p>

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli starts third mission on Space Station
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and Roscosmos commander Sergei Ryazansky were launched into space yesterday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 15:41 GMT (17:41 CEST). Their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft circled Earth four times to catch up with the International Space Station six hours later and the crew are now settling into their new home and place of work for five months. </p>

One plant at a time
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Precision farming is set to become even more precise with a new camera drawing on satellite imaging. &nbsp; </p><p> Thanks to research with ESA on new cameras, hyperspectral cameras flying on drones are now able to see details as small as 4–5 cm. &nbsp; </p>

Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis. </p>

LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> The final days of the LISA Pathfinder mission are some of the busiest, as controllers make final tests and get ready to switch off the gravitational pioneer next Tuesday. </p>

Tributes to wetter times on Mars
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA’s Mars Express. </p>

Time for the Moon
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Technology image of the week: This crew of Polish ‘astronauts’ are testing altered perceptions of time during a two-week simulated stay on the Moon

Burn scars
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Sentinel-2 shows blazes and dramatic burn scars from wildfires in Greece

Solar spectacular
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Images from Earth and space as 21 August’s solar eclipse swept over the globe

Sea survival training
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> ESA astronauts Matthias Maurer and Samantha Cristoforetti participate in Chinese sea survival training

Return of the Sun
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Human spaceflight and robotic operations image of the week: Sun returns after four months of darkness in Antarctica

Before the eclipse
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> The Sun as seen by SOHO and Proba-2 as astronomers prepare for today’s total solar eclipse

Week in Images
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Our week through the lens:<br /> 14 - 18 August 2017

Space Station Streetview
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Explore the International Space Station with Google Street View and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

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