ESA is Europe’s space agency, enabling its 22 Member States to achieve results in space that no individual nation can match.

ESA combines space mission development with supporting labs, test facilities and in-house experts covering every aspect of space, from exploration to applications, Earth observation to telecommunications and navigation.

This potent formula has chalked up a high number of extreme achievements for Europe, some better known than others – here are a select few out of many.

ESA – F. Zonno