ESA – Juice’s first taste of science from space

ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, has recorded magnetic field data as its 10.6 m-long magnetometer boom deployed.  Juice launched on 14 April, with deployments and activation of its antennas, booms, sensors and instruments ongoing over the next months in a dedicated check-out period known as the commissioning phase. The Juice magnetometer boom (J-MAG) was deployed Read More

Could you be ESA’s official merchandise supplier?

ESA is inviting companies with an interest in merchandising to submit a tender to become the space agency’s official ESA-branded merchandise supplier. ESA merchandise raises brand awareness and helps spread the word about the exciting science and space missions carried out by Europe’s space agency. Now ESA is looking for a supplier to step up this Read More

Sweden intends to send ESA astronaut to the International Space Station

At the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, USA, on 18 April ESA signed a letter of intent with the Swedish National Space Agency to send an ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station on an Axiom mission. The flight and the name of the astronauts assigned to the mission will need to be approved Read More

ESA – 10 remarkable Earth facts

Every year on 22 April, we’ve celebrated Earth Day and the beautiful planet we call home. Earth Day, established in 1970, has been used to highlight our planet’s environmental challenges and raise awareness of the importance of protecting our world for future generations. But shouldn’t every day be Earth Day? We only have one beautiful planet after Read More

ESA developing concepts for commercial-scale Space-Based Solar Power plants

ESA has signed contracts for two parallel concept studies for commercial-scale Space-Based Solar Power plants, representing a crucial step in the Agency’s new SOLARIS initiative – maturing the feasibility of gathering solar energy from space for terrestrial clean energy needs.   Space-Based Solar Power for Earth's energy needs Due to be completed before the end Read More

Tiny magnetic episodes may have large consequences on the Sun – with video

ESA’s Solar Orbiter may have taken another step towards solving the eighty-year-old mystery of why the Sun’s outer atmosphere is so hot. On 3 March 2022, just a few months into Solar Orbiter’s nominal mission, the spacecraft’s Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) returned data showing for the first time that a magnetic phenomenon called reconnection was Read More

Juice sends first ‘selfies’ from space

Science & Exploration ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) has taken its first monitoring camera images showing part of the spacecraft with Earth as a stunning backdrop. The mission launched on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou on 14 April 14:14 CEST and the images were captured in the hours afterwards.  Juice leaves Read More