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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)
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and Roscosmos commander Sergey Ryazansky launched to the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 28 July 2017 at 15:41 GMT (17:41 CEST). After orbiting Earth four times to catch up to the International Space Station, the car-sized Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft arrived at the Station six hours after launch in the early hours of 29 July. This video includes highlights of their spacecraft’s rendezvous, docking and ingress into the Space Station followed by crew welcomes. Paolo's Vita mission is the tenth long-duration mission for an ESA astronaut and the third mission to the Station for Paolo Nespoli. Vita stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability and was chosen by Italy’s ASI space agency, wh...
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.
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...
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. A 3D stereoscopic version of this video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzrMHWjQCtc Follow the conference live via: https://liv...
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.
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.
Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In the 237th edition, the Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over the Baltic Sea and surrounding countries. See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/07/Northeastern_Europe to download the image.
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...
How does an astronaut return to Earth from the International Space Station? What does it feel like to re-enter the atmosphere? How does the Soyuz capsule function? Watch and find out. This video is based on an actual lesson delivered to the ESA astronaut class of 2009 (also known as the #Shenanigans09) during their ESA Basic Training. It features interviews with astronauts who have flown on the Soyuz and dramatic footage of actual landings. Produced by the ESA Human Spaceflight and Operations (HSO) Astronaut Training Division, Cologne, Germany, in collaboration with the HSO Strategic Planning and Outreach Office, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, with special support from Roskosmos. Narration Voice: Bernard Oattes Technical Experts: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin (HSO-UT) Content Design: S...
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
As Europe's centre of excellence for mission operations, the European Space Operations Centre is home to the teams that control spacecraft in orbit, manage our global tracking station network and design and build the systems on ground that support missions in space. Since 1967, over 100 satellites belonging both to ESA and the Agency's partners have been successfully flown from Darmstadt, Germany. Website: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESOC Credit: European Space Agency (ESA). 15 February 2013
http://www.esa.int ESA: European Space Agency With the first flight of the launch vehicle Ariane in 1979 a consortium of European firms began exploiting commercial space travel. Ariane was developed for satellite transport. By the end of 1999 the five different versions of the launch vehicle had carried over 70 satellites for research and communication into space. Ariane-5 was developed during the 1990's and will gradually take over as the workhorse launch vehicle.
Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. Discover the peninsulas and islands of Myanmar’s largest rice-producing region in the 238th edition. See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/07/Irrawaddy_Delta_Myanmar to download the image.
The International Space Station announces the Winner of the Global Teacher Prize, Ms Maggie McDonnell (Canada). An initiative of the Varkey Foundation, the Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.
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.