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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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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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Mond, Venus und Feuerkugel

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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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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Sentinel-3 flies tandem

The key to monitoring Earth’s changing environment and to guaranteeing a consistent stream of satellite data to improve our daily lives is to take the same measurements over the course of decades. But how do you know that measurements from successive satellites, even though identical in build, are like for like? To source

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