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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)
Martian atmosphere behaves as one
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New research using a decade of data from ESAâ€™s Mars Express has found clear signs of the complex martian atmosphere acting as a single, interconnected system, with processes occurring at low and mid levels significantly affecting those seen higher up.
From an almost perfect Universe to the best of both worlds
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It was 21 March 2013. The worldâ€™s scientific press had either gathered in ESAâ€™s Paris headquarters or logged in online, along with a multitude of scientists around the globe, to witness the moment when ESAâ€™s Planck mission revealed its â€˜imageâ€™ of the cosmos. This image was taken not with visible light but with microwaves.
Hot firing proves solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C
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Today's hot firing of the P120C solid-propellant motor at Europeâ€™s Spaceport in French Guiana proves its flight-worthiness for use on Vega-C next year and on Ariane 6 from 2020.
Focus on the future of space transportation: ESAâ€™s call for ideas
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ESA is calling for ideas that will shape the future of space transportation services â€“ to space, in space and returning from space.
Europeâ€™s next Galileo satellites in place atop Ariane 5
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Europeâ€™s next Galileo satellites have been put in place on top of the Ariane 5 launcher due to lift them from Europeâ€™s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Wednesday 25 July.
Enhancing competitiveness of European space Sector with increased investments
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Today, ESA Director General Jan WÃ¶rner and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Ambroise Fayolle signed a joint statement on enhancing the competitiveness of the European space sector by supporting investments in actors of the sector with promising short- or medium-term perspectives.
Copernicus Sentinel-5P releases first data
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Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.
Largest-ever solid rocket motor poised for first hot firing
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This week, the largest solid rocket motor ever built in one piece will be test fired at Europeâ€™s Spaceport in French Guiana for the first time.
MetOp-C launch campaign kicks off
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The MetOp-C launch campaign has kicked off with the first of three Antonovs landing at Cayenne Airport, French Guiana on 20 June.
Full steam ahead for Aeolus launch
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Having set sail from France on 15 June - Global Wind Day, ESAâ€™s Aeolus wind satellite has arrived safe and sound at the launch site in French Guiana.
The toxic side of the Moon
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When the Apollo astronauts returned from the Moon, the dust that clung to their spacesuits made their throats sore and their eyes water. Lunar dust is made of sharp, abrasive and nasty particles, but how toxic is it for humans?
Next four Galileo satellites fuelled for launch
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Europeâ€™s next four Galileo satellites have been fuelled at Europeâ€™s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for their launch on 25 July.
A storm rolls in
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Mars Express imaged a local dust storm in April, a precursor to the dramatic planet-circling event that followed
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A huge iceberg drifted perilously close to the west Greenland coast causing fears that if it breaks up, waves could swamp the village of Innaarsuit
Moon, Mars, Station
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Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Moon and Mars seen from the International Space Station
Teenage Earth observer
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Technology image of the week: more than 16 years old and still growing strong, the Proba-1 microsatellite takes a look at Guam
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Watch the hot firing of the P120C solid rocket motor at Europeâ€™s Spaceport, proving its flight-worthiness for use on Vega-C next year and on Ariane 6 from 2020
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ESA at the Farnborough International Airshow on 16â€“20 July in the Space Zone in Hall 1
ESA at FIA 2018
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Monday 1 July
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Space Science Image of the Week: It may look like noise or static, but every single point in this image is a galaxy seen by ESAâ€™s Herschel Space Observatory
Americas to Africa
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A timelapse flight from the International Space Station taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst
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