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Copernicus 20 years on

This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe’s Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world. To source

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Launching to Observe Our Sun

On June 21, 1975, NASA successfully launched the eighth Orbiting Solar Observatory aboard a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This satellite was the final in a series of spacecraft specifically designed to look at the Sun in high-energy wavelength bands. To source

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Rosetta image archive complete

All high-resolution images and the underpinning data from Rosetta’s pioneering mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are now available in ESA’s archives, with the last release including the iconic images of finding lander Philae, and Rosetta’s final descent to the comet’s surface. To source

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XMM-Newton finds missing intergalactic material

After a nearly twenty-year long game of cosmic hide-and-seek, astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have finally found evidence of hot, diffuse gas permeating the cosmos, closing a puzzling gap in the overall budget of ‘normal’ matter in the Universe. To source

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Fireball Moon Venus

Operations image of the week: Lucky timing led to this brilliant photo, showing our Moon and the planet Venus, together with a meteor burning up in the atmosphere over Belgium To source

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Once in a Blue Dune

Sand dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters. In this region of Lyot Crater, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018. To source

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UNISPACE+50 from space

Watch a live call from the crew of the International Space Station to the countries of the world meeting at UNISPACE+50 starting 16:05 CEST today To source

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