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Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana

Video: 00:08:18 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. The Spaceport comes under the […]

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First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday 13 February providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is in good health following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom. To source

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Earth from space: Bolivian highland heart

Video: 00:00:00 For Valentine’s Day, this week’s edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image, capturing a beautiful heart-shaped geographical formation in the dramatic landscape of the southern highlands of Bolivia. See also Bolivian highland heart to download the image. For Valentine’s Day, this week’s edition of the Earth from Space […]

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Paxi on the ISS: Fun facts about the ISS

Video: 00:03:52 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.  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 […]

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Two halves of a whole

Mars is very much a world of two halves, as this new image from ESA’s Mars Express highlights, showing where these dramatically different regions come together as one. To source

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Iceberg shattered

Image: The Pine Island Glacier recently spawned an iceberg over 300 sq km that very quickly shattered into pieces. This almost cloud-free image, captured on 11 February by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission , shows the freshly broken bergs in detail. A recent animation using 57 radar images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission shows just […]

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Lagrange mission to provide solar warning

Video: 00:02:27 Earth’s magnetic field protects life on Earth from the intense radiation and titanic amounts of energetic material our Sun blasts in every direction. However, astronauts and satellites in space, future explorers travelling to the Moon and Mars, and infrastructure on Earth such as power grids and communication systems remain vulnerable to these violent […]

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Here comes the Sun

Image: At this very moment, a spacecraft is headed toward the brightly burning Sun, photographed here on an Antarctic summer day by ESA sponsored medical doctor Stijn Thoolen at Concordia research station. Solar Orbiter is ESA’s latest mission to study the Sun up close. Launched in the early hours of 10 February from Cape Canaveral, […]

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Asteroid experts catch final glimpse of Solar Orbiter

Image: Last night, ESA’s Planetary Defence team observed the rare moment in which an object escaped our planet’s gravity, in contrast to their normal objects of study – potentially hazardous rocks that could strike it. At 19:15 UTC (20:15 CET) on 10 February, just over 20 hours after the launch of Solar Orbiter, the team […]

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