European Space Agency YouTube Update

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24-04-2015 07:40 PM CEST

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti running experiments in weightlessness during her Futura mission for scientists from all over the world. The International Space Station offers three state-of-the-art laboratories where research can be done without gravity. The European Columbus laboratory, the Japanese Kibo and the American Destiny module offer facilities for physics, biology, geophysics and medicine.

Samantha’s 40-hour work week is devoted to science and maintaining the weightless research centre. This video gives a fast-track impression of some of the experiments she worked on. In quick succession we see Samantha working on: exercise machine ARED, measuring her body mass, the robotic droids SPHERES, ESA’s microgravity glovebox, muscle-measurement machine MARES, centrifuge-incubator Kubik, Biolab, Materials Science Laboratory and ejecting miniature satellites called Cubesats into space.

Read more about her science on the Futura website: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Futura/Space_Station_Science

Follow Samantha via http://samanthacristoforetti.esa.int/

From: European Space Agency, ESA
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24-04-2015 07:39 PM CEST

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In the one hundred forty-first edition, explore the US state of Florida.

See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/04/Florida_United_States_of_America to download the image.

From: European Space Agency, ESA
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European Space Agency Flickr Update

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Comet 67P on 18 April 2015 – NavCam
24-04-2015 03:48 PM CEST

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Comet 67P on 18 April 2015 – NavCam

This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on 18 April 2015 from a distance of 101 km from the comet centre. The image has a resolution of 9 m/pixel and measures 9 km across.

The original image and more information is available on the blog: CometWatch 18 April blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2015/04/24/cometwatch-18-april/

ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO) licence. The user is allowed to reproduce, distribute, adapt, translate and publicly perform this publication, without explicit permission, provided that the content is accompanied by an acknowledgement that the source is credited as ‘ESA – European Space Agency’, a direct link to the licence text is provided and that it is clearly indicated if changes were made to the original content. Adaptation/translation/derivatives must be distributed under the same licence terms as this publication. The user must not give any suggestion that ESA necessarily endorses the modifications that you have made. No warranties are given. The licence may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material. Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from ESA. To view a copy of this licence, please visit creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/igo

ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing
24-04-2015 03:01 PM CEST

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ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli, also known as the ExoMars Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module are seen here during vibration testing at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, on 23 April 2015.

The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars in 2016, consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA’s contribution to subsequent missions to Mars.

The Orbiter itself will remain in Mars orbit to image surface features and study the composition of the atmosphere.

Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015

ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing
24-04-2015 03:01 PM CEST

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ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli, also known as the ExoMars Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module are seen here during vibration testing at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, on 23 April 2015.

The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars in 2016, consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA’s contribution to subsequent missions to Mars.

The Orbiter itself will remain in Mars orbit to image surface features and study the composition of the atmosphere.

Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015

ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing
24-04-2015 03:01 PM CEST

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ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli, also known as the ExoMars Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module are seen here during vibration testing at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, on 23 April 2015.

The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars in 2016, consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA’s contribution to subsequent missions to Mars.

The Orbiter itself will remain in Mars orbit to image surface features and study the composition of the atmosphere.

Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015

ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing
24-04-2015 03:01 PM CEST

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ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli, also known as the ExoMars Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module are seen here during vibration testing at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, on 23 April 2015.

The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars in 2016, consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA’s contribution to subsequent missions to Mars.

The Orbiter itself will remain in Mars orbit to image surface features and study the composition of the atmosphere.

Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015

ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing
24-04-2015 03:01 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ExoMars TGO and EDM modules during vibration testing

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli, also known as the ExoMars Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module are seen here during vibration testing at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, on 23 April 2015.

The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars in 2016, consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA’s contribution to subsequent missions to Mars.

The Orbiter itself will remain in Mars orbit to image surface features and study the composition of the atmosphere.

Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015

Florida, United States of America
24-04-2015 10:15 AM CEST

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Florida, United States of America

Part of the US state of Florida is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-1A satellite.

The peninsula sits between the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The large body of water at the top of the image is the freshwater Lake Okeechobee. Covering about 1900 sq km, the lake is very shallow with a maximum depth of about 4 m.

Across the land area we can see geometric patterns of agriculture and infrastructure, while the very lower section of the image shows part of the Everglades National Park.

The Everglades are the United States’ largest subtropical wilderness, originally covering some 10 000 sq km. This area features shallow, slow-moving water and is abundant in a plant called sawgrass that becomes so thick it makes the water barely visible, earning the Everglades the nickname ‘River of Grass’.

Home to diverse plant and animal life, including alligator, crocodile, Florida panther and manatees, the Everglades have been designated a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the UN.

Other notable locations visible in this image include the cities Miami, in the lower right, and Fort Myers on the left.

Home to diverse plant and animal life, including alligator, crocodile, Florida panther and manatees, the Everglades have been designated a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the UN.

Other notable locations visible in this image include the cities Miami, in the lower right, and Fort Myers on the left.

This image, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme, was captured on 13 November 2014 by Sentinel-1A’s radar in Interferometric Wide swath mode. This is the default mode over land, and has a swath width of 250 km and a ground resolution of 5 x 20 m. The image was also acquired in ‘dual polarisation’ horizontal and vertical radar pulses, from which the artificial colour composite was generated.

Credit: Copernicus data (2014)/ESA

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Freizeitpark „Le Parc du Petit Prince“ startet mit neuen Attraktionen in die Saison

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Freizeitpark „Le Parc du Petit Prince“ startet mit neuen Attraktionen in die Saison
24-04-2015 11:48 AM CEST

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Der Park „Le Parc du Petit Prince“ – ein Freizeitpark im Herzen des Elsass – hat Anfang April seine Tore für die Saison 2015 geöffnet. Unter den Neuheiten sind auch zwei Attraktionen, die in Partnerschaft mit der ESA und der französischen Raumfahrtagentur CNES entstanden sind, und Kindern zwischen vier und zwölf Jahren die Sterne näher bringen sollen.

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Florida
24-04-2015 10:05 AM CEST

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Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1 image over the US state of Florida, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

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Donate Life: Sign Up as an Organ, Eye, or Tissue Donor

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What if you could save the lives of up to 8 people?

Every year thousands of people receive the gift of life when they get a life-saving transplant such as a kidney, a liver, or intestines. Most organs for transplants come from deceased donors. Did you know that…

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European Space Agency Flickr Update

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Hubble 25 (without title)
23-04-2015 03:44 PM CEST

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Hubble 25 (without title)

From planets to planetary nebula, and from star formation to supernova explosions, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a wealth of astronomical objects in its 25-year career. This montage presents 25 images that sample the space telescope’s rich contribution to our understanding of the Universe around us.

Follow the links below for more information and credits.

At the centre of the montage is star cluster Westerlund 2, the image released on the occasion of Hubble’s 25th anniversary.

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Hubble 25 (with title)
23-04-2015 03:35 PM CEST

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Hubble 25 (with title)

From planets to planetary nebula, and from star formation to supernova explosions, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a wealth of astronomical objects in its 25-year career. This montage presents 25 images that sample the space telescope’s rich contribution to our understanding of the Universe around us.

Follow the links below for more information and credits.

At the centre of the montage is star cluster Westerlund 2, the image released on the occasion of Hubble’s 25th anniversary.

Details & credits:
www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/04/Hubble_25_with_t…

New stars around Westerlund 2
23-04-2015 11:30 AM CEST

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New stars around Westerlund 2

The red dots scattered throughout the cosmic landscape captured in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image are a rich population of forming stars that are still wrapped in their gas and dust cocoons.

These stellar foetuses have not yet ignited the hydrogen in their cores to light-up as stars. However, Hubble’s near-infrared vision allows astronomers to identify these fledglings. The brilliant blue stars seen throughout the image are mostly in the foreground.

This is a section of the new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of Westerlund 2 and its surroundings, released to celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary.

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NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

Pillars around Westerlund 2
23-04-2015 11:30 AM CEST

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Pillars around Westerlund 2

This image shows an example of the pillars that surround the star cluster Westerlund 2.

These pillars are composed of dense gas and dust are a few light-years tall and point to the central cluster. They are thought to be incubators for new stars. Besides sculpting the gaseous terrain, intense radiation from the most brilliant of the cluster stars is creating a successive generation of baby stars.

This is a section of the new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of Westerlund 2 and its surroundings, released to celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

Star-forming region Gum 29
23-04-2015 11:30 AM CEST

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Star-forming region Gum 29

This image shows the star-forming region Gum 29 which surrounds star cluster Westerlund 2. This is a section of the new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of Westerlund 2 and its surroundings, released to celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary.

Some of the heftiest stars in Westerlund 2 are carving deep cavities in material surrounding them by unleashing torrents of ultraviolet light and high speed streams of charged particles, known as stellar winds. These are etching away the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud in which the stars were born and are responsible for the weird and wonderful shapes of the clouds of gas and dust in this image.

The brightest stars in this image are Milky Way foreground stars not associated with Westerlund 2.

Credit:
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

The star cluster Westerlund 2
23-04-2015 11:30 AM CEST

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The star cluster Westerlund 2

This image shows the sparkling centerpiece of Hubble’s 25th anniversary tribute. Westerlund 2 is a giant cluster of about 3000 stars located 20 000 light-years away in the constellation Carina.

Hubble’s near-infrared imaging camera pierces through the dusty veil enshrouding the stellar nursery, giving astronomers a clear view of the dense concentration of stars in the central cluster.

Credit:
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

Westerlund 2 — Hubble’s 25th anniversary image
23-04-2015 11:30 AM CEST

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Westerlund 2 — Hubble’s 25th anniversary image

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the cluster Westerlund 2 and its surroundings has been released to celebrate Hubble’s 25th year in orbit and a quarter of a century of new discoveries, stunning images and outstanding science.

The image’s central region, containing the star cluster, blends visible-light data taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveysand near-infrared exposures taken by the Wide Field Camera 3. The surrounding region is composed of visible-light observations taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Credit:
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

The original observations of Westerlund 2 were obtained by the science team: Antonella Nota (ESA/STScI), Elena Sabbi (STScI), Eva Grebel and Peter Zeidler (Astronomisches Rechen-Institut Heidelberg), Monica Tosi (INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna), Alceste Bonanos (National Observatory of Athens, Astronomical Institute), Carol Christian (STScI/AURA) and Selma de Mink (University of Amsterdam). Follow-up observations were made by the Hubble Heritage team: Zoltan Levay (STScI), Max Mutchler, Jennifer Mack, Lisa Frattare, Shelly Meyett, Mario Livio, Carol Christian (STScI/AURA), and Keith Noll (NASA/GSFC).

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Calling all photographers!

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Calling all photographers!
13-04-2015 02:30 PM CEST

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For the launch of Sentinel-2A, ESA is inviting you to take part in a photo contest focusing on the theme of ‘colour vision’. Enter for a chance to win a trip to ESA’s operations centre for the satellite’s launch event.

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