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Call for media: Last chance to view ESA’s Mercury Explorer Bep...14 June 2017 Media representatives are invited to a briefing on BepiColombo, ESA and JAXA’s joint mission to Mercury, and to view the spacecraft before it leaves for Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, for launch next year.
Call for media: ESA at the Paris Air and Space Show 201712 June 2017 The 52nd International Paris Air and Space Show at Le Bourget will open its doors on Monday, 19 June. Media are invited to join ESA at the events presented at its pavilion, located between the two full-scale models of the Ariane 1 and Ariane 5 launchers near the permanent Air and Space Museum.
Call for media: Thomas Pesquet’s return to Earth after 6 month...17 May 2017 Media are invited to ESA’s European Astronaut Centre on Friday, 2 June, to witness the return to Earth of Thomas Pesquet. The events include a live viewing of the capsule’s landing, a photo opportunity with Thomas Pesquet on arrival of the ESA aircraft in Cologne and a press conference three days after return.
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness19 July 2017
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness19 July 2017 A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis.
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll13 July 2017
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll13 July 2017 The final days of the LISA Pathfinder mission are some of the busiest, as controllers make final tests and get ready to switch off the gravitational pioneer next Tuesday.
Tributes to wetter times on Mars13 July 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars13 July 2017 A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA’s Mars Express.
Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg12 July 2017 Over the last few months, a chunk of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf has been hanging on precariously as a deep crack cut across the ice. Witnessed by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, a lump of ice more than twice the size of Luxembourg has now brok...
Counting calories in space07 July 2017
Counting calories in space07 July 2017 Rockets and spacecraft may get us to Mars, but food must nourish us on the journey. Now researchers are using the International Space Station to look at how much food will be needed on a spacecraft heading to the Moon, Mars or beyond. By tracking the...
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need06 July 2017
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need06 July 2017 During a simulated space mission underwater last week, ESA tested an ingenious concept to bring astronauts safely back to base if they are incapacitated during lunar exploration. Four ‘aquanauts’, including ESA astronaut Pedro Duque and NASA astronau...