Space and Time

A taste of astronomy at ESA
To explore some of the biggest questions in astronomy, ESA operates a fleet of space science missions that are exploring our Solar System and observing the Universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.
In this video, Günther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science, ...
Thousands of Elite Dangerous players embark on epic space voyage What exciting discoveries await the Elite Dangerous mission to the Milky Way’s outer edges? It’s not run by NASA but the epic sciencey game feels like the real deal
China's moon garden is dead as the craft is plunged into lunar night Cotton seeds growing on China's Chang'e 4 probe on the far side of the moon have been plunged into darkness, marking the end of the first lunar biosphere experiment
How much do European citizens know about space?
Europeans are undeniably interested in space activities, and the idea of pooling resources between European countries is considered important unanimously by European citizens: just two of the fascinating findings from a recent survey of public perceptions of issues related to ...
Parachute for planetfall
Technology image of the week: testing a parachute design for future Mars missions within a mammoth Canadian wind tunnel
Spatial senses
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano trains for a spacewalk for his upcoming Beyond mission
Astronauts travelling to the moon and Mars risk dying from superbugs Just trace amounts of antibiotics in a spacecraft could be enough to let bacteria evolve deadly resistance on long space journeys
First moon plants sprout in China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment China's space agency has released images of cotton plants sprouting inside the Chang'e 4 moon lander's mini biosphere, the first plant to germinate on another world
Weird star system has double binary stars and wonky planetary nursery A planet-forming disc of dust and gas is orbiting a pair of binary stars at an odd angle, and a second set of binary stars circle the whole system to keep it in line
Infrared Titan
Space Science Image of the Week: How Saturn’s moon Titan looks in infrared
Astro Pi webinar 2018/19
The Astro Pi team answers the technical questions from students who are participating in the European Astro Pi Challenge - Mission Space Lab.
Credits: ESA and Raspberry Pi Foundation
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Earth from space: Uruguay River wetlands
In this episode of #EarthfromSpace, the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us along the lower reaches of the Uruguay River, from the ESA Web TV studios.
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Fifteen years imaging the Red Planet
On 25 December 2003, ESA’s Mars Express entered orbit around the Red Planet. The spacecraft began returning the first images from orbit using its High Resolution Stereo Camera just a couple of weeks later, and over the course of its ...
2019 preview
ESA is looking forward to another interesting year in 2019.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will return to the International Space Station, in Science Cheops will look at exoplanets, while the EDRS-C satellite will start the era of super-fast data relay ...
Season’s Greetings from NASA 2018
On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 arrived at the Moon and began orbital insertion. The Apollo spacecraft flew most of the way to the Moon sideways,pointed toward celestial “north” for guidance purposes.
NASA astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, William Anders ...
ESA highlights 2018
ESA can look back at a fulfilling year. It has been a year marked by new Earth Observation missions to analyse and protect our planet, in particular the completion of the first wave of Copernicus Sentinel satellites and the launch ...
Apollo 8: Around The Moon and Back
50 years ago, three NASA astronauts embarked on a journey that would take them “Round the moon and back”. The Apollo 8 mission proved the performance of the command and service module. This historic mission launched on December 21, 1968 ...
NASA Explorers: Final Approach
In the pre-dawn hours of a late October day, a satellite and an airplane joined forces over the frigid Weddell Sea, taking simultaneous measurements of drifting sea ice. It was the culmination of more than a decade of planning, designing ...
NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Return to Earth After 197-Day Mission in Space
Three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 57 crew, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, returned to Earth Thursday, safely landing at 12:02 a.m. EST (11:02 a.m. local time) in Kazakhstan.
NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of Rona Ramon
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about the passing of Rona Ramon, widow of Ilan Ramon:
Case study: MIRI/James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) The telescope will study the first stars and galaxies and examine the physical and chemical properties of solar systems.

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