- published: 31 Oct 2012
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You, together with your 500 million fellow citizens from ESA's 20* European member nations, are the collective owners of one of the world's leading space agencies. The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation, a cooperative coming together of its Member States in their national interest and common good. This new video offers a quick introduction: Europe, meet ESA. (*As of February 2015, 22 Member States)
Matthias Maurer, ESA’s newest astronaut, has been training with Tim Peake at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. During practical and theory classes they’ve learned skills necessary to perform a spacewalk, also known as EVA, or Extra Vehicular Activity – much of which is already familiar to Tim, who worked outside the Station in January 2016. They also spent time in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, a pool housing replica International Space Station modules which allows astronauts to experience near weightless conditions. Connect with ESA's Astronaut Corps: http://www.esa.int/astronauts
Almost 50 years since man first walked on the lunar surface, the head of the European Space Agency explains his vision for living and working on the Moon. Johann-Dietrich Woerner believes the next giant leap for humankind could be an international collaboration of space faring nations in the form of a Moon village. This village would be a permanent lunar base for science, business, tourism or even mining. Woerner explains how using the Moon’s own natural resources could help build and sustain a base by 3D printing a structure or building element. Robotic rovers could inflate protective domes for astronauts. He also discusses the potential hazards of living on the Moon as well as the possible locations of he lunar base and the advantages of a new global space project.
Space debris - a journey to Earth takes the audience on a journey from the outer solar system back to our home planet. The objects encountered along the way are manmade. Originally designed to explore the universe, these are now a challenge for modern space flight. An estimated number of 700,000 objects larger than 1 cm and 170 million objects larger than 1mm are expected to reside in Earth orbits. The video gives a closer look at the different regions used for space flight and explains how mitigation and removal measures could preserve future usage of these orbits. Produced for the 7th European Conference on Space Debris, 18-21 April 2017. Follow the conference live via: https://livestream.com/esa/spacedebris2017 Credit: ESA/ID&Sense/ONiRiXEL, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO (https://creativecommon...
Visualisation of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module entering and descending through the atmosphere to land on Mars. The animation follows a simulated timeline of the module, starting when it enters the atmosphere at an altitude of 121 km at 14:42 GMT. In six minutes it will use a heatshield, parachute and thrusters to brake from 21 000 km/h to a near standstill 2 m above the surface, where a crushable structure on its underside will absorb the final shock. The key operational milestones are highlighted in the animation at the predicted times at which they have been calculated to occur. However, the actual times may vary depending on the atmospheric conditions on the day, the final path through the atmosphere and the speed at which the module descends. The times indicated in the animation ar...
Earth is surrounded by a cloud of space debris. This material ranges from dead satellites and rocket stages to fragments of material and even flecks of paint… and all this junk could do enormous damage to working satellites. During 18–21 April, experts from around the world will meet at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany for the 7th European Conference on Space Debris. Delegates will discuss the extent of the debris problem and what can be done to ensure that satellites we rely on – providing us with services such as navigation, TV and weather forecasting – can operate safely in the future. Talks will address acute issues like current practices in debris avoidance, novel concepts for removing debris, and the deployment of large constellations of several thousand ...
Arianespace has successfully launched its small satellite launcher on it's 9th mission carrying the Sentinel 2B Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency's Copernicus programme, in partnership with the European Commission. Liftoff occurred at 01:49 UTC from Kourou in French Guiana. Sentinel-2B is the 5th satellite for the Copernicus programme, 2B will be positioned in an opposite orbit of it's sister Sentinel 2A which launched on a Vega rocket back in June 2015.
Originally published on April 7, 2014 The first in EU's series of earth-monitoring satellites launched aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana on Thursday evening, the European Space Agency said. Sentinel-1A is launched to a height of 700 km above earth where it orbit around earth via the two poles. "There is no Earth observation project as big as this," Prof Anne Glover, the European Union's chief scientific adviser said in a BBC report. "It will give European scientists and European citizens the ability to understand precisely what is happening on our planet - from the poles, to the oceans, to the land." The Sentinel-1A's cloud-penetrating radar allows it to observe flooding and fires under all weathers. Its radar imaging also monitors earth's movements to pinpoint quake centers at t...
Decisions about the future of the Europe’s space programme will be made at the ESA Ministerial Council meeting on 1-2 December. Ministers from the 22 ESA member states and Canada will gather in Lucerne, Switzerland to agree on future spending priorities. As well as funding a core programme, ESA members can subscribe to optional programmes. These range from future astronomy missions to the development of new satellite communications systems. Before the meeting, each ESA directorate has drawn-up a list of priorities to be considered by ministers. More about ESA's Ministerial Council 2016: http://www.esa.int/cm16
Carried on an Ariane 5, the latest weather satellite in Europe's highly successful Meteosat Second Generation series, MSG-3, lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 23:36 CEST on 5 July 2012. The launch of MSG-3 ensures the continuity of meteorological observations to improve weather forecasts from geostationary orbit 36 000 km above Earth. ESA has developed the series of weather satellites in close cooperation with the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, Eumetsat.
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is currently living on board the International Space Station for her long duration mission Futura. Food is an important item in space, also on the psychological side; that's why astronauts are allowed a certain quantity of the so-called "bonus food" of their choice that reminds them of their home cooking tastes. We asked Samantha to show us how she manages to cook one of her bonus food recipes in microgravity: whole red rice with peas and chicken turmeric.
High above us, satellites are looking down at our Earth. This video provides an introduction to ESA's Earth observation programmes. More about ESA's Earth observation programmes on our website: http://www.esa.int/eo This video is also available in the following languages: German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvP-OdCqAJE French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4QjxDIr81k
The Rosetta spacecraft is still orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko while it now approaches the Sun. Six months ago Rosetta made history by delivering its Philae lander onto a comet’s surface - something no other space mission has done before. This video covers the mission’s highlights so far: from its launch in 2004; its journey across the solar system and waking up after deep space hibernation ten years later, its arrival at the selection of a landing site and Philae’s unexpected multiple landings on the comet. It also reviews what we have learnt about the comet to this point. Credit: ESA, with footage by DLR, licenced under CC-BY 3.0 DE