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Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC
08-03-2017 04:24 PM CET

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Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and the nation’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Pierre-Louis Lorenz toured ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 6 March 2017, the guests of the Head of Establishment Franco Ongaro.

Credit: ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC
08-03-2017 04:24 PM CET

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Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and the nation’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Pierre-Louis Lorenz toured ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 6 March 2017, the guests of the Head of Establishment Franco Ongaro.

Credit: ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC
08-03-2017 04:24 PM CET

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Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and the nation’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Pierre-Louis Lorenz toured ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 6 March 2017, the guests of the Head of Establishment Franco Ongaro.

Credit: ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC
08-03-2017 04:24 PM CET

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Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and the nation’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Pierre-Louis Lorenz toured ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 6 March 2017, the guests of the Head of Establishment Franco Ongaro.

Credit: ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC
08-03-2017 04:24 PM CET

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Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and the nation’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Pierre-Louis Lorenz toured ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 6 March 2017, the guests of the Head of Establishment Franco Ongaro.

Credit: ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC
08-03-2017 04:24 PM CET

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Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and the nation’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Pierre-Louis Lorenz toured ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 6 March 2017, the guests of the Head of Establishment Franco Ongaro.

Credit: ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC
08-03-2017 04:24 PM CET

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Luxembourg Deputy PM visits ESTEC

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and the nation’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Pierre-Louis Lorenz toured ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 6 March 2017, the guests of the Head of Establishment Franco Ongaro.

Credit: ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Barcelona Big Picture
08-03-2017 03:30 PM CET

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Barcelona Big Picture

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is spending six months on the International Space Station on his Proxima mission. In his free time, like many astronauts, he enjoys looking out of the Cupola windows at Earth. This collage was taken on 15 February and shows Barcelona in Spain. Ships entering the harbour and landmarks of Barcelona such as the Olympic village and La Ramblas are visible as you zoom in.

Thomas asked to have the series of highly zoomed pictures aligned into this mosaic to show the city in detail. The Station flies at roughly 400 km altitude so Thomas used the longest lens available onboard: 1150 mm.

Thomas took 30 photos of Barcelona in 20 seconds. As the Station circles Earth at 28 800 km/h, the outpost had moved around 160 km to the east by the time he had finished.

On the ground, the images were digitally rotated and assembled into this large collage. Download the high-resolution versions to zoom in and explore, here.

Credit: ESA

Global Trajectory Optimisation Competition
08-03-2017 03:23 PM CET

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Global Trajectory Optimisation Competition

Dizzyingly complex orbits charted across space as part of ESA’s winning entry in the last Global Trajectory Optimisation Competition. This international contest challenges the world’s best aerospace engineers and mathematicians to set the course of a space mission to solve a nearly impossible problem.

Popularly known as the ‘America’s Cup of rocket science’, GTOC-8 was won by past and present members of ESA’s Advanced Concepts Team thinktank. This victory gave them the right to devise and oversee this year’s challenge.

“The precise details of the new GTOC-9 competition will be kept under wraps until we formally launch it in the first week of April,” comments Dario Izzo, ACT scientific coordinator. “But we can already announce that this year’s competition will have one big difference: any interested group, company or individual will be free to enter.

“This is because it is being run through the ACT’s Kelvins website, a portal dedicated to hosting public aerospace challenges, which will enable automatic scoring of every entry we receive.”

Space may be infinite, but certain trajectories are much more efficient in terms of energy and time expended to perform particular tasks.

To give an idea of the type of challenge involved, GTOC-8 – as seen in the image above – asked participants to line up different spacecraft as efficiently as possible to perform ‘very-long baseline interferometry’: by precisely combining their individual observations through long-distance formation flying, to acquire an equivalent imaging resolution to a single, giant radio telescope.

This year’s GTOC will be based on a similarly complex yet practical space problem. For more information, click here.

Credit: ESA-ACT, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

Credit: ESA/J.Mai

Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch
07-03-2017 05:59 PM CET

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Inside Mission Control for the Sentinel-2B launch

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