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BepiColombo teamwork

Operations image of the week: BepiColombo Flight Control and Software Support teams run through early simulations at ESA’s Space Operations Centre ahead of an October launch to Mercury To source

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Wing span

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: The Orion spacecraft’s solar wings are deployed after mechanical environmental testing To source

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Ants in space?

A space ant fires its lasers

A rare phenomenon connected to the death of a star has been discovered in observations made by ESA’s Herschel space observatory: an unusual laser emission from the spectacular Ant Nebula, which suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at its heart. To source

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Rendezvous alley

Technology image of the week: This track-mounted robotic arm enables real-world testing of close approach techniques for satellites, asteroids or planetary bodies To source

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