European Space Agency

Video: Soyuz TMA-13M liftoff

This timelapse video shows the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft during roll out from its MIK preparation building, raising the launcher into its vertical liftoff position on the launch pad, and the launch 28 May 2014 from the Russian ...

Jun 09, 2014
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Alexander's first week in space

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has now spent a week in space on the International Space Station. As he grows accustomed to floating in weightlessness, he has been busy learning about his new home, taking over ...

Jun 06, 2014
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One docking ring to rule them all

(Phys.org) —Connecting spacecraft in orbit will never be simple, but ESA is taking the next step to allow the next generation of vehicles of all types from around the world to link up with each other.

Jun 04, 2014
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Solar orbiter's shield takes Sun's heat

(Phys.org) —ESA's Solar Orbiter mission has undergone its latest major test: its protective shield has been subjected to concentrated sunlight to prove it can cope with the fierce temperatures close in ...

Jun 04, 2014
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Image: Pulsar encased in a supernova bubble

(Phys.org) —Massive stars end their lives with a bang: exploding as spectacular supernovas, they release huge amounts of mass and energy into space. These explosions sweep up any surrounding material, creating ...

Jun 02, 2014
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Ten year-old Dragon gains new strength

As ESA and China mark a decade of cooperation, imagery over China's Poyang lake is testament to the new Sentinel satellite's promise of continued radar data acquisition for a multitude of applications.

Jun 02, 2014
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