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ESA: Schiaparelli’s descent to Mars

ExoMars (Exobiology on Mars) is a two-part Martian astrobiology life searching project and joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and a test stationary lander called Schiaparelli were launched on 14 March 2016. Visualisation of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module entering and descending …

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ESA: Space Station 360: Destiny

Explore NASA’s space laboratory for the International Space Station from every angle in this panorama. This 360° panorama lets you explore the International Space Station’s fourth module, Destiny. Launched on 7 February 2001 on Space Shuttle Atlantis, the American module is the heart of the non-Russian part of the Station according to ESA astronaut Samantha …

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ESA: ExoMars – building on past missions to Mars

The ExoMars 2016 spacecraft will build on past missions to Mars. From the pioneering Viking missions onwards, our knowledge of Mars has been transformed and we now have an extraordinarily detailed picture of the planet. There are dust storms, polar ice caps and four distinct seasons. Mars has the largest volcanic mountain in our solar …

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ESA: Flying over the English Channel

A nighttime timelapse flying west to east over the English Channel towards Northern Europe and Russia.  

ESA: SpaceShip EAC heading for the Moon

ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, trains and prepares astronauts for their missions into space. This video details how EAC is preparing astronauts and technology for missions to the Moon as part of their SpaceShip EAC programme.  

ESA: Highlights 2015

2015 began and ended with two pioneering missions: IXV, the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, proving Europe’s ability to return autonomously from space, and LISA Pathfinder, which set out in December to test the technologies needed to detect gravitational waves and, with them, a new way to look at our Universe! But a lot has happened in …

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ESA: LISA Pathfinder – Window on the gravitational universe

LISA Pathfinder’s name, Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, clearly indicates the role of precursor that this mission plays. Its goal is to validate the technology required to detect gravitational waves from space. Gravitational waves will open a new door in our understanding of the Universe, and at the same time help to verify Einstein’s General Theory …

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ESA: Space to Relax | Fly with Samantha to…

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti photographs stunning Earth images of Lufthansa worldwide destinations during her Futura mission onboard the ISS. An ESA for Lufthansa inflight film. Music by Jeff Woodall. Images: ESA/NASA.  

ESA: Cleaning a spacecraft

Astronauts in space expect cargo ships to be clean when their new shipments arrive. But how clean is clean, and how do you clean the inside of a spacecraft? ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle blog editor Julien Harrod investigates how the cargo hold of Europe’s largest supply spacecraft was ensured bacteria and grime-free before launch – …

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ESA: EDRS: Using lasers where it counts

The European Data Relay System (EDRS) is the most sophisticated laser communication network ever designed. Dubbed the ‘SpaceDataHighway’, EDRS will help Earth-observing satellites to transmit large quantities of potentially life-saving data down to Europe in near-real time. Its two geostationary satellites use optical links to gather low-orbiting satellites’ information at far higher data rates than …

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ESA: Euronews | It’s rocket science!

In this episode of ESA Euronews, we see how the European Space Agency are developing rocket engines. The scientific principle remains quite simple: accelerated gas creating thrust through a nozzle. However, extrapolating that concept to the point where the rocket has sufficient power to lift people and satellites beyond Earth’s gravity and into orbit is …

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ESA: Hot firing of world’s first 3D-printed platinum thruster chamber

This is the world’s first spacecraft thruster made using a 3D printer and it passed its baptism of fire brilliantly as seen in this clip from the European Space Agency.  

ESA: Soyuz TMA-15M landing – highlights

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft 11 June 2015. They left the International Space Station at 10:20 GMT at the end of their six-month stay on the research complex. Soyuz TMA-15M braked from the Station’s …

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ESA: Cooking in space: Whole red rice and turmeric chicken

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is currently living on board the International Space Station for her long duration mission Futura. Food is an important item in space, also on the psychological side; that’s why astronauts are allowed a certain quantity of the so-called “bonus food” of their choice that reminds them of their home cooking tastes. …

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ESA: International Space Station toilet tour

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows how to use the most unglamorous but often asked-about part of living on the International Space Station: the toilet. A fan creates suction to avoid smells and floating waste. Solid waste is stored and put in cargo ferries to burn up when the spacecraft leaves the Space Station. The astronaut …

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ESA: Telerobotics Part 2 – Meteron

In preparation for his 10-day Iriss mission to the International Space Station in September this year, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is at ESA’s technical centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, visiting the Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory. In this second part of his video diary, Andreas meets Bill Carey to talk about the Meteron project. Andreas …

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ESA: Telerobotics Part 1 – Haptics

In preparation for his 10-day Iriss mission to the International Space Station in September this year, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is at ESA’s technical centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, visiting the Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory. Andreas catches up with Andre Schiele, head of the laboratory, to learn more about the robotics activities he will …

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ESA: Earth from Space | Estonian mosaic

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The one hundred thirty-third edition features a mosaic of Sentinel-1A radar scans, pieced together to create a single image of Estonia.  

ESA: Replay of Vega liftoff VV04 with IXV

Replay of the liftoff of Vega VV04 with ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, launched from Kourou, French Guiana on 11 February 2015. IXV was launched 340 km into space atop a Vega rocket, VV04, from Kourou in French Guiana on 11 February 2015. After separation from Vega, IXV coasted to 412 km before beginning a …

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ESA: Earth from Space | Lisbon

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The one hundred thirty-first edition featured a Sentinel-1 radar image of Lisbon.  

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