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InfoWhat 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)
CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/antarctica_in_3d/16875820-1-eng-GB/Antarctica_in_3D_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Around 250 million measurements taken by ESA’s CryoSat over the last six years have been used to create a unique 3D view of Antarctica, offering a snapshot of the undulating surface of this vast ice sheet. </p>

Satellites shed new light on earthquakes
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/kaikoura_quake/16873917-1-eng-GB/Kaikoura_quake_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Satellite radar scans of last year’s earthquake in New Zealand are changing the way we are thinking about earthquake hazards in regions where our planet’s tectonic plates meet. </p>

Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/moon_and_earth_imaged_by_kaguya/16870818-1-eng-GB/Moon_and_Earth_imaged_by_Kaguya_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving. </p>

Collapsing cliff reveals comet’s interior
<img src="http://www.esa.int/" width="" height="" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet. &nbsp; </p>

Unravelling Earth’s magnetic field
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/videos/2017/03/lithospheric_magnetic_field/16867247-1-eng-GB/Lithospheric_magnetic_field_small.png" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA’s Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earth’s magnetic field to unpick – as well as our planet’s magnetic history imprinted on Earth’s crust. </p>

To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/sea_ice/16865402-1-eng-GB/Sea_ice_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all-out effort to measure ice on land and sea. </p>

Glitter helps to monitor ocean waves
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/sun_glitter/16864583-1-eng-GB/Sun_glitter_small.jpg" width="170" height="95" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the motion of the sea surface. </p>

Two more spacewalks for Thomas Pesquet
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/01/requisite_space_selfie/16597886-1-eng-GB/Requisite_space_selfie_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make two more spacewalks under NASA’s plans to maintain the International Space Station during his mission. </p>

Beautiful science with astronaut aurora
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2012/03/the_milky-way_and_aurora_australis/10178824-2-eng-GB/The_Milky-Way_and_Aurora_Australis_small.jpg" width="170" height="110" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Some of the most wonderful pictures taken by astronauts from space are of aurora dancing over our planet. Now the photos are more than just pretty pictures thanks to an ESA project that makes them scientifically usable. </p>

ESA’s Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/videos/2017/03/juice_s_journey_to_jupiter/16846110-1-eng-GB/Juice_s_journey_to_Jupiter_small.jpg" width="170" height="95" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer – Juice – from the drawing board and into construction. </p>

ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/flying_over_mellish_crater/16854455-1-eng-GB/Flying_over_Mellish_crater_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. </p>

A ‘toast’ to Copernicus Sentinel-2B as it delivers its first images
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/brindisi_italy/16854130-3-eng-GB/Brindisi_Italy_small.jpg" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Just over a week after being lofted into orbit,&nbsp;the European Union’s Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision’ it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. </p>

Prize space photos
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/esa_s_hertz_chamber_photographed_by_gregor_sailer/16875140-1-eng-GB/ESA_s_Hertz_chamber_photographed_by_Gregor_Sailer_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> Photographer Gregor Sailer has been awarded at the European Architectural Prize 2017 for his depictions of space infrastructure

Week In Images
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/rome/16871367-1-eng-GB/Rome_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> Our week through the lens:<br /> 20-24 March 2017

Measuring magnetism
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/banff2/16868284-1-eng-GB/Banff_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> Thanks to the Swarm satellite trio, the most detailed magnetic map yet from space of Earth's rigid outer layer has been released

30 years of deforestation
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/rio_branco/16867887-1-eng-GB/Rio_Branco_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> While the world marks the International Day of Forests, satellites continue to monitor the long-term effects of human activities on our planet’s precious resources

Replay from Banff
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/cryosat_and_swarm/16860934-1-eng-GB/Cryosat_and_Swarm_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> Watch the replay of the opening session for the Swarm and CryoSat Science Meetings in Banff, Canada

Plasma jets
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2017/03/upward_and_downward_current_sheets/16872090-1-eng-GB/Upward_and_downward_current_sheets_large.jpg" width="600" /><br /> New findings from ESA’s magnetic field Swarm mission were the highlight of ESA’s science conference in Canada

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