Ligeia Mare, shown here in a false-colour image from the international Cassini mission, is the second largest known body of liquid on Saturn's moon Titan. It measures roughly 420 km x 350 km and its shorelines extend for over 3,000 km. It is filled with liquid hydrocarbons, such as ethane and methane.
The mosaic shown here is composed from synthetic aperture radar images from flybys between February 2006 and April 2007.
The Cassini–Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg on the International Space Station demonstrating weightless life with the help of an apple and an orange.
Part of Expedition 36/37 they will spend six months on the Station 400 km above Earth conducting scientific work and maintenance.
Martin Kessler, Head of ESA's Science Operations Department, sends the final command to Herschel at 12:25 GMT (14:25 CEST), 17 June 2013, from the Main Control Room at ESOC, Darmstadt.
Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, presents to Genevieve Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and Research of France, the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, 18 June 2013.
Examples of cloud features identified in Venus Express images and used to monitor wind speeds. Long-term studies based on tracking the motions of several hundred thousand cloud features, indicated here with arrows and ovals, reveal that the average wind speeds on Venus have increased from roughly 300 km/h to 400 km/h over the first six years of the mission. Daily and yearly variations, as well as unexplained differences between consecutive orbits of the spacecraft, were also identified. These images were taken on 27 October 2008. The arrows and ovals are coloured to improve contrast against their respective backgrounds.
The ESA pavilion at the Paris Air & Space Show, 18 June 2013.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and Cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin before the docking of ATV Albert Einstein on the International Space Station.
ATV Albert Einstein , Europe’s supply and support ferry, docked with the International Space Station on 15 June 2013, some ten days after its launch from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
ATV Albert Einstein brought 7 tonnes of supplies, propellants and experiments to the complex. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano oversees the unloading and cataloguing of the cargo of over 1400 individual items.
ATV Albert Einstein, Europe’s supply and support ferry, docked with the International Space Station on 15 June 2013, some ten days after its launch from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
In this image you can see ATV’s four solar wings along with the vertical antenna on top – the ‘proximity boom’ that is used to communicate with the Station.
ATV Albert Einstein brought 7 tonnes of supplies, propellants and experiments to the complex. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano oversaw the unloading and cataloguing of the cargo of over 1400 individual items.
ATV-4 arrived at the International Space Station on 15 June 2013 after ten days in orbit around Earth. After the delicate process of docking, the hatch was finally opened to reveal that all of ATV's cargo made the journey intact. This view of ATV Albert Einstein shows its precious cargo. At the bottom left is the Water Pump Assembly for the Columbus thermal control system. ATV-4 brought 7 tonnes of supplies, propellants and experiments to the complex. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will oversee the unloading and cataloguing of the cargo of over 1400 individual items.
Alphasat, the largest European-built telecommunications satellite, is ready for unloading at Cayenne airport in Kourou, French Guiana; its launch site. It was packaged and placed into the Antonov plane by crane at Toulouse airport. The fully-loaded crate weighs over 20 tonnes.
The Spanish city of Barcelona is pictured in this image captured on 13 September 2010 by Japan’s ALOS satellite. Near the top right corner, the circular Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes was meant to be the city centre in the original urban plan. Dominating the left side of the image are the Garraf Massif mountains, their cliffs reaching the Mediterranean coast. Rock quarries and rubbish dumps are degrading the land here, and some of these degraded areas can be seen in the lower left corner as large yellow patches. Along the coast, we can see the Barcelona’s port – one of Europe’s top ten largest container ports. Barcelona-El Prat airport is about 10 km southwest of the city centre, across the Llobregat River. On either side of the airport we can see the darker areas of the Llobregat delta.
This image is featured on the Earth from Space video programme.
Week In Images
17-21 June 2013