European Space Agency (ESA)


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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)
ESA marks #Asteroid Day
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> The United Nations has declared 30 June to be International Asteroid Day, and ESA is joining other space agencies, astronauts, scientists and even rock stars for a 24-hour global telethon. </p>

Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire
<img src="" width="170" height="95" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite has captured the forest fire raging in central Portugal, revealing blackened scars and columns of smoke as well as pinpointing active fire hotspots. </p>

Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class mission in ESA’s Science programme, while the Plato exoplanet hunter moves into development. </p>

Return to the blue
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> How do you prepare for space missions on Earth? One way is to simulate an expedition into space underwater. Yesterday, six aquanauts dived almost 20 m to the sea floor where they will spend 10 days living and working below the waves. </p>

Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites
<img src="" width="170" height="95" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces. </p>

Keeping the rhythm in space
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Space is an inhospitable environment for the human body but we adapt remarkably well. Within hours, the brain adjusts to the lack of an up or down, as if floating is all it has ever known.&nbsp;Now researchers are learning how our internal clock similarly adjusts to the restrictions of space. An ESA-sponsored experiment has found that while you can take the body out of Earth, you can’t take an Earth-based rhythm out of the body.&nbsp; </p>

Satellites forewarn of locust plagues
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. </p>

The future of the Orion constellation
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> A new video, based on measurements by ESA’s Gaia and Hipparcos satellites, shows how our view of the Orion constellation will evolve over the next 450&nbsp;000 years. </p>

Window to a watery past on Mars
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> This 70 km-wide crater and its surrounds offer a window into the watery past of the Red Planet. </p>

Galileo grows: two more satellites join working constellation
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Two further satellites have formally become part of Europe’s Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet. </p>

Quantifying the effects of climate change
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> Last year was the hottest on record, Arctic sea ice is on the decline and sea levels continue to rise. In this context, satellites are providing us with an unbiased view of how our climate is changing and the effects it is having on our planet. </p>

Thomas Pesquet returns to Earth
<img src="" width="170" height="96" align="left" hspace="8" /><br /> <p> ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed on the steppe of Kazakhstan today with Russian commander Oleg Novitsky in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft after six months in space. Touchdown was at 14:10 GMT after a four-hour flight from the International Space Station. </p>

Le Bourget Roundup
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Roundup from ESA WebTV of Paris Air and Space Show

Plug and play
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> 'Plug and play' challenges with young space fans in the space pavilion at the Paris Air and Space Show, 24 and 25 June

Summer solstice Sun
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Space Science Image of the Week: A multi-hued view of the Sun seen from space on 21 June

#AsteroidDay webcast
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> On 30 June, ESA experts will join scientists, astronauts and (space) rock stars in a 24-hour global webcast. Live segment from ESA's ESOC mission control centre runs 08:30-10:00 GMT (10:30-12:00 CEST)

Superpowers in Space
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> 'Being in space is like having superpowers', Thomas Pesquet at the Paris Air and Space Show (French)

ESA at Le Bourget
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> ESA at the International Paris Air and Space Show 2017

Week In Images
<img src="" width="600" /><br /> Our week through the lens:<br /> 19-23 June 2017

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