European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an international organization with 18 member states headquartered in Paris, France with the purpose of combining talent, resources and funds to undertake space programs, study Earth, the Solar System and the Universe. The annual budget for ESA is over $3.5 billion. The primary member states are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In addition, Canada, Hungary, Romania operate under a cooperative agreement. Estonia and Slovenia have recently entered into a cooperative agreement.

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Four decades of tracking European spacecraft

Forty years ago this week, a satellite ground station in Spain became the first to be assigned to what would become ESA. Since then, the network โ€“ Estrack โ€“ has expanded worldwide and today employs cutting-edge technology ...

dateMay 19, 2015 in Space Exploration
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ESA image: Andreas in space

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen's 10-day 'iriss' mission to the International Space Station includes many technology demonstrations and scientific experiments. His first scientific task on arriving at the weightless research ...

dateSep 10, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: Chaos on watery Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is brimming with water. Although it is thought to be mostly made up of rocky material, the moon is wrapped in a thick layer of water โ€“ some frozen to form an icy crust, some potentially pooled in shallow ...

dateMay 11, 2015 in Space Exploration
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