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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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 – some frozen to form an icy crust, some potentially pooled in shallow ...

dateMay 11, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Swissto12 conquering space with 3D printing

Satellite communications could be streamlined by light and inexpensive antennas that have been developed by SWISSto12. This EPFL spin-off has just signed a major contract with the European Space Agency to develop its metal-plated ...

dateJun 16, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: Where Philae phones home

The receipt of signals from Rosetta's Philae lander on 13 June after 211 days of hibernation marked the start of intense activity. In coordination with its mission partners, ESA teams are working to juggle Rosetta's flight ...

dateJun 17, 2015 in Space Exploration
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