ESA – Update on Webb telescope launch

Science & Exploration The launch readiness date for the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is moving to no earlier than 22 December 2021 to allow for additional testing of the observatory, following a recent incident that occurred during Webb's launch preparations. The incident occurred during operations at the satellite preparation facility at Europe's Spaceport in Read More

Earth from Space: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Located in west-central Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is the country’s largest urban area and its cultural, commercial and transportation centre. The city lies in the hilly countryside of the Klang Valley and lies astride the confluence of the Read More

Transform our inventions into commercial applications

ESA develops a vast array of innovative technologies and applications to make Europe's space endeavours happen. Many of these inventions are protected by patents, resulting in a portfolio of around 580 patents or patent applications. ESA is now offering you the opportunity to find and mature real-world applications of these inventions. Body scanners based on Read More

Solar Orbiter returns to Earth before starting its main science mission – with videos

Solar Orbiter is returning to Earth for a flyby before starting its main science mission to explore the Sun and its connection to ‘space weather’. During the flyby Solar Orbiter must pass through the clouds of space debris that surround our planet, making this manoeuvre the riskiest flyby yet for a science mission. Navigating risk Read More

Planetary defenders: after NASA’s DART comes ESA’s Hera

The world will be watching the milestone launch of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, DART, spacecraft on Wednesday, 24 November, intended to alter one small part of the Solar System forever. DART will collide with the small moon of an asteroid in order to shift its orbit around its parent body – to test the concept Read More

ESA DG statement on the increasing risks of space debris

ESA DG Josef Aschbacher states: ''I have been in contact with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer to assure him of all my support during and after these tense hours in orbit after the recent space debris situation.'' ''Space debris have increasingly raised a general risk to all operating satellites in orbit. The intentional generation of space Read More