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Space selfies

5 hours 35 min ago

Space Science Image of the Week: BepiColombo’s solar arrays and antennas are captured in the spacecraft’s first images from space

Zooming in on Mexico’s landscape

7 hours 30 min ago

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency and other Mexican scientific public entities, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the different types of vegetation growing across the entire country.

Space selfie

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 19:46

BepiColombo takes a snapshot of one of its deployed solar wings

BepiColombo highlights

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 11:10

From spacecraft preparations through to liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport, watch highlights of the BepiColombo launch

Launch replay

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 03:55

Watch BepiColombo lift off into space, with launch build-up and commentary from mission experts

BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 03:36

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet.

Liftoff replay

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 03:05

Watch BepiColombo launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket

Liftoff!

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 02:50

BepiColombo lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket at 01:45 GMT

Final countdown

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 16:45

BepiColombo at the launch pad ahead of its scheduled liftoff to Mercury at 01:45 GMT on Saturday

Minerals of the world, unite!

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 13:37

Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it all tell you: there is more to it than meets the eye. Tool in hand, you analyse how light scatters through it. Seconds later you read the following description on the screen:

Ready for countdown

Thu, 18/10/2018 - 16:20

Operations image of the week: After years of planning and countless hours of simulations, teams at ESA’s mission control are ready to take flight on the long and complex journey to Mercury

Mission control ready for Mercury

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 16:30

Teams responsible for flying the bold BepiColombo mission to Mercury today completed the last major step in preparation for Saturday’s liftoff — the final pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal’ at ESA’s ESOC control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

3D printing, up, up & away

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 13:00

Technology image of the week: ESA’s award-winning aerospace-quality-plastic 3D printer, designed for use in weightless space

Installing life support the hands-free way

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 10:31

Last week saw the installation of ESA’s next-generation life-support system on the International Space Station. The new facility recycles carbon dioxide in the air into water that can then be converted into oxygen reducing supplies sent from Earth by half.

Luna facility brings Moon to Earth

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 10:07

A facility planned for ESA’s Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, will recreate the Moon’s surface on Earth. ESA project manager for strategic planning and future development Andreas Diekmann shares how the three-part lunar analogue facility, known as Luna, will help Europe go farther in space.

European Space Talks: we need more space!

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 14:10

Space concerns everyone. It contributes to our lives on a daily basis and can help to solve some of humankind’s greatest challenges. Find out more, and how space affects you, with European Space Talks…

BepiColombo launch live

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 13:40

Watch live launch coverage from 01:15 GMT on 20 October. Launch is scheduled for 01:45 GMT and acquisition of signal is expected around 02:25 GMT

BepiColombo launch live

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 13:40

Watch live launch coverage from 01:15 GMT on 20 October. Launch is scheduled for 01:45 GMT and acquisition of signal is expected around 02:25 GMT

Selfie-cam, go!

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 09:40

Space Science Image of the Week: a monitoring camera on the BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module takes a test image during pre-launch preparations

Mercury mission

Fri, 12/10/2018 - 15:40

With BepiColombo preparing launch to Mercury, ESAshop will ship your favourite merchandise entirely free with the code OFF2MERCURY from 12-16 October.