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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)
Week in images: 17-21 February 2020
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/commanding_views/21850519-1-eng-GB/Commanding_views_card_full.jpg" alt="Commanding views"> <p>Week in images: 17-21 February 2020</p> <p>Discover our week through the lens</p>

Spiky walls for space testing
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/spiky_walls_for_space_testing/21854396-1-eng-GB/Spiky_walls_for_space_testing_card_full.jpg" alt="Spiky walls for space testing"> Image: Spiky walls for space testing

Houston, Texas
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/houston_texas/21850736-1-eng-GB/Houston_Texas_card_full.jpg" alt="Houston, Texas"> Image: Houston, Texas

Earth from Space: Houston, Texas
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/videos/2020/02/earth_from_space_houston_texas/21852348-1-eng-GB/Earth_from_Space_Houston_Texas_card_full.jpg" alt=""> Video: 00:02:55 <p>In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the <a href="https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-1" target="_blank">Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission</a> takes us over Houston, the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the US.</p><p>See also <a href="https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/02/Houston_Texas" target="_blank">Houston, Texas</a> to download the image.</p> <p>In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the <a href="https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-1" target="_blank">Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission</a> takes us over Houston, the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the US.</p><p>See also <a href="https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/02/Houston_Texas" target="_blank">Houston, Texas</a> to download the image.</p>

XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/giant_flare_from_a_tiny_star/21853522-1-eng-GB/Giant_flare_from_a_tiny_star_card_full.jpg" alt="Giant flare from a tiny star "> <p>A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.</p>

ESA Start-up Competition seeks Europe’s brightest innovation stars
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/innovation_start-up_coaching_session/21853096-1-eng-GB/Innovation_start-up_coaching_session_card_full.jpg" alt=""> <p>ESA is calling on ambitious start-ups to join the new ESA Start-up Competition. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs in all ESA Member States that are developing innovative services and/or products using space technology. The winners will be offered tailor-made ESA technical and business support in the development of their start-ups, within a mentoring programme.&nbsp;</p>

Ariane 5’s second launch of 2020
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/ariane_5_liftoff/21851785-2-eng-GB/Ariane_5_liftoff_card_full.png" alt="Ariane 5 liftoff"> <p>Ariane 5 has delivered two satellites, JCSAT-17 and Geo-Kompsat-2B, into their planned transfer orbits.</p>

Commanding views
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/commanding_views/21850519-1-eng-GB/Commanding_views_card_full.jpg" alt="Commanding views"> Image: Commanding views

New adventures in beds and baths for spaceflight
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/water_bed_for_dry_immersion_at_medes/21848699-3-eng-GB/Water_bed_for_dry_immersion_at_Medes_card_full.jpg" alt="Water bed for dry immersion at Medes"> <p>ESA is expanding its bedrest programme that allows researchers to study how human bodies react to living in space – without leaving their bed.</p>

Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/videos/2019/12/europe_s_spaceport_in_french_guiana/21525105-3-eng-GB/Europe_s_Spaceport_in_French_Guiana_card_full.jpg" alt=""> Video: 00:08:18 <p>Europe's Spaceport lies northeast of South America in French Guiana, an overseas department of France. This location near the equator enables the Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launch vehicles operated at the Spaceport to complete a wide range of missions to any orbit for clients from around the globe.</p><p>The Spaceport comes under the responsibility of the French space agency CNES while infrastructures are funded by the European Space Agency.</p><p>ESA owns the launcher and satellite preparation buildings, launch operation facilities and a plant for making solid propellant and integrating solid rocket motors.</p><p>ESA also finances new facilities, such as launch complexes and industrial production facilities for new launchers such as Vega-C and Ariane 6.</p> <p>Europe's Spaceport lies northeast of South America in French Guiana, an overseas department of France. This location near the equator enables the Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launch vehicles operated at the Spaceport to complete a wide range of missions to any orbit for clients from around the globe.</p><p>The Spaceport comes under the responsibility of the French space agency CNES while infrastructures are funded by the European Space Agency.</p><p>ESA owns the launcher and satellite preparation buildings, launch operation facilities and a plant for making solid propellant and integrating solid rocket motors.</p><p>ESA also finances new facilities, such as launch complexes and industrial production facilities for new launchers such as Vega-C and Ariane 6.</p>

First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/magnetic_field_measurements_during_solar_orbiter_boom_deployment/21846082-2-eng-GB/Magnetic_field_measurements_during_Solar_Orbiter_boom_deployment_card_full.jpg" alt="Magnetic field measurements during Solar Orbiter boom deployment"> <p>First&nbsp;measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday 13 February providing a confirmation to&nbsp;the international science teams that the&nbsp;magnetometer&nbsp;on board is in good health following a successful deployment of the&nbsp;spacecraft’s instrument boom.</p>

Solar Orbiter braves challenging early days
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/01/solar_orbiter_boom_and_antenna_deployments/21815628-1-eng-GB/Solar_Orbiter_boom_and_antenna_deployments_card_full.gif" alt="Solar Orbiter boom and antenna deployments"> <p>At 16:00 CET on Thursday, 13 February, the critical first 83 hours of Solar Orbiter’s unique mission to study our star came to an end.</p>

Earth from space: Bolivian highland heart
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/videos/2020/02/earth_from_space_bolivian_highland_heart/21841883-4-eng-GB/Earth_from_space_Bolivian_highland_heart_card_full.jpg" alt=""> Video: 00:00:00 <p>For Valentine's Day, this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a <a href="https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-2" target="_blank">Copernicus Sentinel-2</a> image, capturing a beautiful heart-shaped geographical formation in the dramatic landscape of the southern highlands of Bolivia.</p><p>See also <a href="https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/02/Bolivian_highland_heart" target="_blank">Bolivian highland heart</a> to download the image.</p> <p>For Valentine's Day, this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a <a href="https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-2" target="_blank">Copernicus Sentinel-2</a> image, capturing a beautiful heart-shaped geographical formation in the dramatic landscape of the southern highlands of Bolivia.</p><p>See also <a href="https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/02/Bolivian_highland_heart" target="_blank">Bolivian highland heart</a> to download the image.</p>

Bolivian highland heart
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2020/02/bolivian_highland_heart/21841975-1-eng-GB/Bolivian_highland_heart_card_full.jpg" alt="Bolivian highland heart"> Image: Bolivian highland heart

Paxi on the ISS: Fun facts about the ISS
<img src="http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/videos/2020/02/paxi_on_the_iss_fun_facts_about_the_iss2/21842707-4-eng-GB/Paxi_on_the_ISS_Fun_facts_about_the_ISS_card_full.jpg" alt=""> Video: 00:03:52 <p>Our alien friend Paxi went to visit American astronaut Anne McClain on board the International Space Station. Anne shares some fun facts about the ISS with Paxi.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our alien friend Paxi went to visit American astronaut Anne McClain on board the International Space Station. Anne shares some fun facts about the ISS with Paxi.&nbsp;</p>

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