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Making waves in space

Image: The International Space Station is an exciting place for experiments. This one in particular was making waves in space. Called Fluidics, the experiment studies fluid dynamics in microgravity and recently performed another successful round of science on board the Space Station.  Developed by French space agency CNES and co-funded by Airbus Defense and Space, the […]

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Industry starts work on Europe’s Hera planetary defence mission

Today ESA awarded a €129.4 million contract covering the detailed design, manufacturing and testing of Hera, the Agency’s first mission for planetary defence. This ambitious mission will be Europe’s contribution to an international asteroid deflection effort, set to perform sustained exploration of a double asteroid system. To source

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Back to school with Thomas Pesquet

Video: 00:03:32 It’s that time of year again: everyone is back to school! Like many, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is also studying, for his next mission to the International Space Station. Join Thomas in learning about Earth and space by participating in ESA Education’s 2020-21 school projects. More info To source

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Meet the Experts: Designing a space mission

Video: 00:06:25 Space missions are complex and require input from many specialists. The Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) is where most of ESA missions are conceived and conceptually designed. In this episode of Meet the Experts, Massimo Bandecchi, the founding father of ESA’s CDF, explains Concurrent Design (CD) and some of the missions studied using this […]

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Captured on 10 September 2020, this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image shows thick smoke blanketing the US west coast.

West coast wildfires

Image: Captured on 10 September 2020, this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image shows thick smoke blanketing the US west coast. To source

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ESA Open Day going online this October

This year’s ESA Open Day at ESTEC in the Netherlands is taking place on an online basis. Continuing COVID-19 restrictions make it impossible to let people on site in person, but participants will still enjoy virtual tours of the extensive establishment, get unique close-up views of space hardware and interact directly with astronauts and space […]

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Hubble Stows a Pocketful of Stars

Globular cluster NGC 1805, a tight grouping of thousands of stars is, located near the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. In the dense center of one of these clusters, stars are 100 to 1,000 times closer together than the nearest stars are to our Sun. To […]

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Amazon River

Image: This image, captured by Copernicus Sentinel-1, shows the Amazon River meandering through one of the most vital ecosystems in the world – the Amazon rainforest in South America. To source

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