European Space Agency Flickr Update


07-12-2016 01:28 PM CET

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An astronaut in space has many tasks, from monitoring experiments to maintaining equipment to organising the more than 70 000 objects that are on the International Space Station, as well as staying fit and healthy. Astronauts have 24-hour support from mission control to keep track, but to explore farther out into our Solar System, they will need more autonomy. France’s space agency CNES with space medicine specialists MEDES have developed a personal assistant for astronauts to use via a tablet called EveryWear. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be the first to use it during his six-month Proxima mission.

The EveryWear app aims to offer one interface for a variety of health-related tasks – both medical and research. Currently, astronauts record the food they eat for their flight surgeons or medical experiments by noting down each food item they consume during the day. With EveryWear Thomas can simply take a photo to scan the bar code of a food item before eating – the app will record the calories and provide a nutritional assessment and compare the result with his personal target defined before the flight.

A second use for EveryWear is combining input from three wearable sensors: a tonometer to record how Thomas’s arteries react to weightlessness; a smart shirt that records his electrocardiogram during exercise and a patch (shown here) that records Thomas’s skin temperature to monitor his sleep patterns in space.

EveryWear also offers support for experiments, such as AquaPad, that are being tried as a new way to ensure water on the Space Station is not contaminated. Thomas simply takes a picture of a specially developed petri-dish and EveryWear processes the picture to calculate the amount of bacteria in the water – confirming whether it is safe to drink.

Credit: CNES-E. Grimault

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ESA to supply Service Module for first crewed Orion mission


ESA to supply Service Module for first crewed Orion mission
07-12-2016 04:39 PM CET


ESA and NASA are extending their collaboration in human space exploration following confirmation that Europe will supply a second Service Module to support the first crewed mission of the Orion spacecraft.

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ExoMars first colour image of Phobos
06-12-2016 03:09 PM CET

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ExoMars first colour image of Phobos

Colour composite of Phobos taken with the ExoMars orbiter’s Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) on 26 November 2016. The observation was made at a distance of 7700 km and yields a resolution of 87 m/pixel.

To create the final colour image, two images were taken through each of the four colour filters of the camera – panchromatic, blue–green, red and infrared – and then stitched together and combined to produce the high-resolution composite.

Two of the colour filters used by CaSSIS lie outside the wavelength response of the human eye, so this is not a ‘true’ colour image. However, showing the data as a colour representation can reveal details of the surface mineralogy. Different colours are clearly seen, with the bluest part in the direction of the large crater Stickney, which is out of view over the limb to the left. Although the exact composition of the material is unknown, the colour differences are thought to be caused by compositional variations on scales of hundreds of metres to several kilometres.

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Credit: ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS

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Mission to Mars: Techtextil und Texprocess im Zeichen der Raumfahrt


Mission to Mars: Techtextil und Texprocess im Zeichen der Raumfahrt
06-12-2016 01:10 PM CET


Unter dem Titel „Living in Space“ sowie in Zusammenarbeit mit der Europäischen Raumfahrtagentur (ESA) und dem Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) präsentieren die Techtextil und Texprocess (9. bis 12. Mai 2017), Internationale Leitmessen für Technische Textilien und Vliesstoffe und für die Verarbeitung textiler und flexibler Materialien, die Anwendungsvielfalt technischer Textilien am Beispiel Raumfahrt.

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Saturn’s great storm of 2011
05-12-2016 02:15 PM CET

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Saturn's great storm of 2011

These colourful swirls depict an unprecedented storm that played out in the northern hemisphere of the gas giant Saturn from December 2010 until June 2011.

The scene is shown in false colour and is created from 84 near-infrared images captured by the international Cassini spacecraft on 26 February 2011.

The image is processed such that blue colours indicate high, thin clouds, while yellow and white are relatively thick clouds also at high altitudes. Red and brown depict clouds at low altitude that are unobscured by the high clouds, and the deep blue is a thin haze with no clouds below. Green represents intermediate clouds.

The bright ‘head’ of the storm is towards the left; much lightning activity was recorded here. The roiling storm clouds raged through the atmosphere in a westward direction, eventually wrapping themselves around the entire planet.

At the tail-end (right) a vast swirling oval-shaped vortex is seen which is some 12 000 km wide, comparable to the diameter of Earth.

After many months, the head had caught up with the tail, and the storm began to subside.

Saturn’s storms are quite different from Earth’s, where stormy weather is rather frequent. On Saturn the atmosphere appears to be quite calm for 20–30 years at a time, and then erupts somewhat violently in months-long persistent storms like this one. Since it takes Saturn about 30 years to orbit the Sun, the repetitive nature of the giant storms may be linked, in part, to seasonal changes in the planet’s atmosphere.

The Cassini–Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency. More image details available in the original NASA image release.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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