First raw image from the Proba-V satellite, acquired over France’s west coast on 15 May 2013. The image was generated using the three VNIR bands, blue, red and near-infrared (NIR) superposed, the green being replaced by the NIR. It has not yet been radiometrically or geometrically corrected. Less than a cubic metre in volume, the miniaturised ESA satellite is tasked to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days.
Galaxy cluster Abell S1077, as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys.
The cluster acts as a magnifying glass, its gravity high enough to warp even the fabric of space-time. This effect distorts the path that light from distant galaxies takes when it travels through the cluster, as can be seen here in the bright arcs smeared around the centre of Abell S1077.
The phenomenon of gravitational lensing allows astronomers to see objects that are aligned behind the cluster and that would otherwise be undetectable from Earth.
This image is based in part on data spotted by Nick Rose in the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures image processing competition.
Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn ventured into space on 11 May 2013 and replaced a pump unit on the outside of the International Space Station that was leaking ammonia
After more than five hours working outside, the astronauts reentered the Station. Liquid ammonia is used to keep the Space Station at the right temperature by being pumped through external radiators to lose excess heat.
In preparation of the launch of ATV Albert Einstein, Europe's space ferry is integrated on its Ariane 5 launcher at Europe's Spaceport, Kourou, French Guiana.
Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV) are multi-purpose unmanned ferries delivered to orbit by Europe’s Ariane 5 launcher. Each spacecraft can deliver up to 7 tonnes of cargo to the International Space Station, including supplies and equipment, water, air, nitrogen, oxygen and fuel.
This Landsat image from 9 September 2010 features the Clearwater Lakes in Canada’s Quebec province. Located to the east of the Hudson Bay, what appears to be two separate lakes is actually a single body of water that fills two depressions. The depressions were created by two meteorite impacts, believed to have hit Earth simultaneously up to 290 million years ago. The name 'Clearwater Lakes' comes from the clarity of its water.
ESA supports the Landsat series as a Third Party Mission, meaning it uses its ground infrastructure and expertise to acquire, process and distribute Landsat data to users.
This image is featured on the Earth from Space video programme.
A Thumbs up from the ISS Expedition 36/37 crew members. (Left-right) NASA's Karen Nyberg, ROSCOSMOS Soyuz commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and ESA's Luca Parmitano are happy to have been cleared for flight after completing their final readiness exams at Star City, Moscow.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, a major in the Italian Air Force, salutes in tribute to cosmonauts interred in the Kremlin Wall during a tour of Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow, 8 May 2013.
Luca and his two crewmates are preparing for their launch, 29 May 2013, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a long duration mission to the International Space Station.
Belgium ESA Business Incubation Centre-supported start-up company Navtronics is developing intelligent guidance based on advanced satnav solutions tailored for agricultural machinery. By combining satnav signals with a reference station for realtime corrections, the Navtronics systems can provide up to centimetre-level accuracy, preventing double spraying of pesticides or applying improved mechanical weeding in organic farming. Navtronics’s development is supported by ESA Technology Transfer Programme’s Business Incubation Centre Flanders.
Week In Images
13-17 May 2013