Pandora measures fire fumes over Rome

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Pandora measures fire fumes over Rome
28-06-2017 04:47 PM CEST

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While a fire at a rubbish depot was detected from space by the Copernicus Sentinel-3A and ESA’s Proba-V satellites, pollutants in the plume of thick smoke were measured by instruments that will be used to validate information from the upcoming Sentinel-5 Precursor mission.

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ESOC by the numbers

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ESOC by the numbers
28-06-2017 04:03 PM CEST

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ESA’s mission control centre has operated 77 spacecraft since 1967. ESOC missions have arrived at comets, flown past asteroids, orbited other planets, peered deep into our Universe and kept a watchful eye on our home planet

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Students discover value of Product Assurance and Safety for space missions

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Students discover value of Product Assurance and Safety for space missions
26-06-2017 05:31 PM CEST

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A group of ambitious university students have completed a new ESA Academy’s training course on Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S) developed in collaboration ESA’s Product Assurance and Safety Department. Held at the ESa Academy’s Training and Learning Centre at the European space Security and Education Centre (ESEC) in Belgium, this was an excellent opportunity for the students to discover more about this important field of work.

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European Space Agency Flickr Update

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SOHO’s summer solstice Sun
26-06-2017 11:29 AM CEST

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SOHO's summer solstice Sun

Space Science image of the week:

Residents of Earth’s northern hemisphere enjoyed the greatest number of daylight hours in a single day all year on 21 June 2017. This summer solstice occurs when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the Sun, which sits directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

The ESA/NASA SOHO solar observatory provided an alternative view. It has been staring at the Sun since 1995, studying its interior, monitoring its surface and stormy atmosphere, and how the ‘solar wind’ blows through the Solar System.

The montage of images shows SOHO’s view of the Sun at different ultraviolet wavelengths in the early morning of 21 June, corresponding to solar material at a range of temperatures.

From left to right, the brightest material in each image corresponds to temperatures of 60 000–80 000ºC, 1 million, 1.5 million and 2 million degrees respectively. The higher the temperature, the higher you are looking in the solar atmosphere. The hottest areas appear brighter, while the darker regions are relatively cooler.

Back on Earth, the Sun is now beginning to trace a lower path through the sky each day. Winter solstice occurs in six months’ time, 21 December, when Earth’s axis is tilted furthest away from the Sun. With the Sun directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, this results in the shortest number of daylight hours in the northern hemisphere. The situation is reversed for the southern hemisphere, where 21 June marks the winter solstice, and 21 December the summer solstice.

Remember: never look directly at the Sun!

For more information about SOHO, including realtime images of the Sun, visit: soho.nascom.nasa.gov

Credit: SOHO (ESA & NASA)

Staff and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Staff and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

Staffs and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, at the Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, at the Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly meets ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Philippe Willekens, ESA Head of Communication Department, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, at the Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Q&A session with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Q&A session with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Q&A session with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Q&A session with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Q&A session with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Q&A session with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Rosetta presentation at the ESA Pavilion
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Rosetta presentation at the ESA Pavilion

Christophe Carreau, Graphical Production and Scientific Valorisation Officer, ESA Science Directorate, presenting the Rosetta mission to the visitors, at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 25 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Philippe Sebirot, 2017

ESA Pavilion, at the 2017 Paris Air and Space Show
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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ESA Pavilion, at the 2017 Paris Air and Space Show

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ESA Pavilion, at the 2017 Paris Air and Space Show
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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ESA Pavilion, at the 2017 Paris Air and Space Show

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ESA Pavilion, at the 2017 Paris Air and Space Show
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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ESA Pavilion, at the 2017 Paris Air and Space Show

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ESA Pavilion, at the 2017 Paris Air and Space Show
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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ESA Pavilion, at the 2017 Paris Air and Space Show

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Q&A session with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 11:13 AM CEST

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Q&A session with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

Michel Bernard Barnier meets Thomas Pesquet
26-06-2017 10:44 AM CEST

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Michel Bernard Barnier meets Thomas Pesquet

Michel Bernard Barnier, European Chief Negotiator for Brexit, with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and Philippe Willekens, ESA Head of Communication Department, at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Philippe Sebirot, 2017

Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion
26-06-2017 10:44 AM CEST

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Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

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Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion
26-06-2017 10:44 AM CEST

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Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

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Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion
26-06-2017 10:44 AM CEST

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Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017.

Credit: ESA–Philippe Sebirot, 2017

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Pariser Luftfahrtschau: Heimkehrer aus dem All, Menschen auf dem Mars und der Stratobus

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Pariser Luftfahrtschau: Heimkehrer aus dem All, Menschen auf dem Mars und der Stratobus
26-06-2017 06:03 PM CEST

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Die Pariser Luftftahrtschau ist einer der wichtigsten Treffpunkte für die Luft- und Raumfahrt. Wir trafen die Chefs der ESA und NASA und unterhielten uns mit dem ESA-Astronauten Thomas Pesquet, der gerade nach sechs Monaten im All zurück ist. Es war Pesquets erster großer öffentlicher Auftritt nach seiner Rückkehr. Und auf ihn und Präsident Macron stürzte sich die Meute.

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Artificial brain helps Gaia catch speeding stars

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Artificial brain helps Gaia catch speeding stars
26-06-2017 10:00 AM CEST

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With the help of software that mimics a human brain, ESA’s Gaia satellite spotted six stars zipping at high speed from the centre of our Galaxy to its outskirts. This could provide key information about some of the most obscure regions of the Milky Way.

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