ESA’s technical heart

Enabling & Support A replica of Europe's first radar satellite ERS-1 stands beside the entrance of ESA's largest establishment and technical heart: ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, essential testing for future space missions continues in ESTEC's laboratories and its full-sized satellite Test Centre. ESA-G. Porter Read More

Ten years of safer skies with Europe’s other satellite navigation system

With 26 satellites in orbit and more than two billion receivers in use, Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system has made a massive impact. But our continent has another satnav system that has been providing safety-of-life services for ten years now – chances are that you’ve benefited from it without noticing. EGNOS Its name is EGNOS, Read More

ESA Impact – March 2021 Council edition

Welcome to the March Council edition of ESA Impact, an interactive showcase of the best images and videos from the past few months. This edition of ESA Impact brings you icy images from our Earth observation missions, insights into space debris, and other stunning pictures including Mars Express studies for last month's Mars landing. Don’t Read More

Watch the Climate Detectives “Ask A Scientist” 2021 Webinar

Learn more about Earth's climate in this engaging webinar with Beniamino Abis from ESA-ESRIN. Beniamino was invited by ESA Education to talk to the students participating in the Climate Detectives school project and help them understand the role of forests in our planet’s climate,  and how Earth observation satellites work.  In the webinar, Beniamino explains in Read More

ESA – Moon Camp Challenge Deadline Extension

Due to the COVID-19 situation and the safety and containment measures in Europe and worldwide, ESA, Airbus Foundation and Autodesk have decided to extend the submission deadline of the Moon Camp Challenge. Teams now have the possibility to submit their Moon Camp Challenge project until 22 April 2021. We hope this extension of the deadline will allow Read More

Earth from Space: Strait of Gibraltar The Strait of Gibraltar is featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Click on the image to explore it in its full 10 m resolution and learn about the features in this stunning landscape. The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Read More