ESA Applications – Earth from Space: Valentine Island (Australia)

For Valentine’s Day, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Valentine Island in northern Western Australia. The tiny Valentine Island, visible in the top-left of the image, measures around 1.6 km in length and around 250 m wide. The island is located in the King Sound, a large gulf and inlet of the Indian Ocean Read More

ESA Mars orbiters support NASA Perseverance landing on February 18

On 18 February, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will land on the Red Planet ESA’s Mars orbiters – the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Mars Express – are supporting the landing TGO will relay important data from Perseverance to Earth as soon as four hours after landing Mars Express is monitoring the local Read More

Discovering new gases on Mars – with video

The ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is investigating the martian atmosphere. Discovering new gases related to active process and looking for their sources is a key goal of the mission. ExoMars has discovered hydrogen chloride for the first time. It appeared during a global dust storm in 2018 and disappeared again afterwards. The detection Read More

NASA astronaut Victor Glover – Keeping it fluid

NASA astronaut Victor Glover installs the Fluid Dynamics in Space experiment, or Fluidics for short. Fluidics is the black cylinder pictured in the foreground of the European Columbus module of the International Space Station.Developed by French space agency CNES and co-funded by Airbus, the Fluidics experiment is probing how fluids behave in weightlessness. photo copyright Read More

ESA’s Solar Orbiter ducks behind the Sun

What happens when the Solar System's No. 1 source of violent energy interferes with spacecraft communication? Name? Solar Orbiter, or ‘Solo’ as the mission control team fondly call it, is one of the European Space Agency’s pluckiest missions and is now cruising toward the Sun. photo copyright ESA Solar Orbiter views 'campfires' on the Sun Read More