European Space Agency (ESA)
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY NEWS
|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)
Monitoring the airways
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Astronauts in space are valuable sources of scientific data. Researchers collect blood and urine samples to understand what effects living in weightlessness has on their bodies. For one experiment, investigators are interested in their breath.
Countdown to Cassini's Grand Finale
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After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, the international Cassiniâ€“Huygens mission is about to begin its final chapter: the spacecraft will perform a series of daring dives between the planet and its rings, leading to a dramatic final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September.
ESA boosting its Argentine link with deep space
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Thanks to some high-tech improvements, ESAâ€™s radio dish in Argentina will be ready to receive the rising torrent of scientific data beamed back by future missions exploring deep in our Solar System.
Science record set on Space Station
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If anything should break in space, let it be records. The astronauts of Expedition 50 have done just that by setting a new record for most time spent on scientific research on the International Space Station.
Call for a sustainable future in space
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With more than 750 000 pieces of dangerous debris now orbiting Earth, the urgent need for coordinated international action to ensure the long-term sustainability of spaceflight is a major finding from Europeâ€™s largest-ever conference on space debris.
When Swarm met Steve
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Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so â€¦ it was called Steve.
Satellite service boosting special flight operations
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Thanks to ESA, aircraft are using satcoms to share realtime information with other aircraft and ground stations to improve flight operations.
ESA helps faster cleaner shipping
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With around 90% of world trade carried by ships, making sure a vessel follows the fastest route has clear economic benefits. By merging measurements from different satellites, ESA is providing key information on ocean currents, which is not only making shipping more efficient but is also helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Exoplanet mission gets ticket to ride
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A Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace from Europeâ€™s spaceport in Kourou will boost ESAâ€™s upcoming exoplanet satellite into space.
Galileoâ€™s search and rescue service in the spotlight
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Europeâ€™s Galileo satnav network does more than let us find our way â€“ it is also helping to save lives. Today sees a spotlight cast on Galileoâ€™s Search and Rescue service, which pinpoints people in distress on land or sea.
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At first glance this scene may seem nothing out of the ordinary, but the large elongated crater marks the imprint of an impacting body that may have broken into three before it hit Mars.
Astronaut study gives voice to people with disabilities
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When his father was diagnosed with a debilitating disease four years ago, it sparked Ivo Vieira into developing a novel means of communication for people coping with extreme limitations, building on technology originally explored to help ESA astronauts in space.
Week In Images
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Our week through the lens:<br /> 24-28 April 2017
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Sentinel-2 sees rivers in eastern Australia breach their banks following heavy rains
Space debris 2017
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Replay of media briefing: findings and outcomes from ESAâ€™s space debris conference 21 April
Read up on climate
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With this year's Earth Day focusing on environmental and climate literacy, have a look at the new digital book on our planetâ€™s changing climate through the eyes of satellites
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