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Moonscape photographed by Gregor Sailer
24-03-2017 01:22 PM CET

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Moonscape photographed by Gregor Sailer

Photographer Gregor Sailer took this photo of ESA’s Mars Yard, used for testing planetary rover prototypes, as part of his Mars Series, which has been awarded the European Architectural Photography Prize 2017.

The 8 x 8 m terrain sandbox, filled with different sizes of sand, gravel and rock, is part of the Planetary Robotics Laboratory at ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

Gregor Sailer photographed the centre last year as part of his Mars Series, with the cooperation of ESA and Airbus Defence and Space.

For more information on the photographer and his work, visit his website: www.gregorsailer.com/

Credits: Gregor Sailer

ESA’s Mars Yard photographed by Gregor Sailer
24-03-2017 01:20 PM CET

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ESA's Mars Yard photographed by Gregor Sailer

ESA’s Hertz chamber used for radio testing of large antennas and satellites, taken by photographer Gregor Sailer as part of his Mars Series, which has been awarded the European Architectural Photography Prize 2017.

Part of ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, the metal-walled ‘Hybrid European Radio Frequency and Antenna Test Zone’ chamber is shut off from all external influences.

Its internal walls are studded with radio-absorbing ‘anechoic’ foam pyramids, allowing radio-frequency testing without any distorting reflections.

Gregor Sailer photographed the Agency’s technical centre last year as part of his Mars Series, with the cooperation of ESA and Airbus Defence and Space.

For more information on the photographer and his work, visit his website: www.gregorsailer.com/

Credits: Gregor Sailer

ESA’s Hertz chamber photographed by Gregor Sailer
24-03-2017 01:18 PM CET

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ESA's Hertz chamber photographed by Gregor Sailer

ESA’s Hertz chamber used for radio testing of large antennas and satellites, taken by photographer Gregor Sailer as part of his Mars Series, which has been awarded the European Architectural Photography Prize 2017.

Part of ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, the metal-walled ‘Hybrid European Radio Frequency and Antenna Test Zone’ chamber is shut off from all external influences.

Its internal walls are studded with radio-absorbing ‘anechoic’ foam pyramids, allowing radio-frequency testing without any distorting reflections.

Gregor Sailer photographed the Agency’s technical centre last year as part of his Mars Series, with the cooperation of ESA and Airbus Defence and Space. For more information on the photographer and his work, visit his website: www.gregorsailer.com/

Credit: Gregor Sailer

Rome
24-03-2017 10:51 AM CET

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Rome

Rome and its surroundings are pictured in this image from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite, captured on 17 January 2016.

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The Tiber River snakes down from the north, and is surrounded by agricultural fields in the upper right before entering the city. It then makes its way west, entering into the Mediterranean Sea at the town of Ostia. Near its terminus, we can see the runways of the Fiumicino Airport.

Long, sandy beaches are visible along the coastline, with the port of Civitavecchia visible in the upper left. This is a major point of ferry connection to many Mediterranean islands, such as Sardinia and Sicily.

The lakes visible are Bracciano near the top of the image, with the smaller Martignano nearby. Near the lower right, we see lakes Albano and Nemi in the so-called ‘Castelli Romani’ – a group of small cities in the Alban Hills. Frascati is also in this area, home city of ESA’s ESRIN establishment.

Tomorrow – 25 March – marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

This international agreement is considered one of the most important treaties in today’s European Union, as it proposed the reduction of custom duties and the establishment of a customs union, as well as a single market for goods, labour and services. It was also responsible for the establishment of the European Commission, as well as other economic European organisations.

The Treaty was signed on the Capitoline Hill in Rome’s historic centre.

This image is featured on the Earth from Space video programme.

Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA

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Rome
24-03-2017 10:05 AM CET

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Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 image of Rome and its surroundings, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

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ESOC Control Room 1978
23-03-2017 09:16 AM CET

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ESOC Control Room 1978

Operations image of the week:

In 2017, ESA’s European Space Operations Centre will celebrate its 50th anniversary, having been inaugurated on 8 September 1967 as part of the European Space Research Organisation (ESRO).

Within months, the centre was controlling its first mission, ESRO-2B , a 74 kg satellite carrying seven instruments to study solar and cosmic radiation and their interaction with Earth and its magnetosphere.

The 1970s were a busy time at the control centre, with the number of missions steadily increasing.

The decade saw 10 new missions launched by ESRO, of which eight (HEOS-A2, TD-1A, ESRO-4, COS-B, GEOS-1, Meteosat-1, GEOS-2 and OTS-2) were operated from here.

In 1975, ESRO joined with the European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO) to become the European Space Agency.

Today, teams are operating comprising 18 spacecraft on 11 missions, including Mars Express, Gaia, ExoMars, Sentinel-1 and -2, and CryoSat. Twelve more missions are in preparation for launch in the next few years.

Credit: ESA

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