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  • ESA Space Environment Report 2024
    on July 19, 2024 at 2:00 pm
  • Week in images: 15-19 July 2024
    on July 19, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    Week in images: 15-19 July 2024 Discover our week through the lens

  • Ariane 6 science-after-school experiment sends back striking snaps
    on July 19, 2024 at 8:39 am

    Image: Ariane 6 science-after-school experiment sends back striking snaps

  • Earth from Space: Central Ethiopia
    on July 19, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission brings us a false-colour radar image of central Ethiopia.

  • Preparing for Juice’s daring double flyby
    on July 18, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    Next month, ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) will carry out the first combined lunar-Earth flyby. Preparations are under way at ESA mission control for this highly precise manoeuvre, which will harness the gravitational forces of the Moon and Earth in quick succession to line Juice up for the next stage of its journey to Jupiter.

  • ESA gears up for the Farnborough International Airshow
    on July 18, 2024 at 7:32 am

    The Farnborough International Airshow is set to return for its 76th edition from 22 to 26 July 2024, and ESA will be there to showcase the agency’s latest achievements and to highlight its next steps and future vision for Europe in space. 

  • Satnav enables medical and emergency response
    on July 17, 2024 at 9:35 am

    Satellite navigation is not just about travel directions; its applications extend to search and rescue operations, agriculture, autonomous vehicles, sports and perhaps surprisingly, even health. ESA's NAVISP programme supports European companies in the creation of satnav-powered solutions with all sorts of applications – among them, emergency response and healthcare.

  • Up close and personal: Ariane 6 liftoff from the launchpad
    on July 16, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Video: 00:02:00 While no person could get this close during Ariane 6’s inaugural flight on 9 July 2024, several small cameras bravely witnessed its take-off from the launchpad.After years of preparations, the Vulcain main stage engine ignites, arms providing cryogenic fuels to the rocket until the very last moment retract and boosters fire – Ariane 6 is space-bound. As it lifts off, vast amounts of water are pumped at high speed to dampen vibrations at the launch site, which then come rushing towards one of these small cameras in a dramatic swirl, hiding the departing rocket from view.Ariane 6 launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana at 16:00 local time (20:00 BST, 21:00 CEST), designed to provide more launch power with higher flexibility and at a lower cost than its predecessors. The launcher’s configuration – with an upgraded main stage, a choice of either two or four powerful boosters and a new restartable upper stage – will provide Europe with greater efficiency and a wider range of launch services, including for the launch of multiple payloads into different orbits on a single flight.Access all the launch campaign footage in broadcast quality.  

  • Juice’s lunar-Earth flyby: all you need to know
    on July 15, 2024 at 8:00 am

    ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) will return to Earth on 19–20 August, with flight controllers guiding the spacecraft first past the Moon and then past Earth itself. This ‘braking’ manoeuvre will take Juice on a shortcut to Jupiter via Venus.

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