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  • Locked and loaded
    on November 28, 2022 at 6:52 am

    With liftoff now scheduled for 13 December, Europe’s first Meteosat Third Generation Imager (MTG-I1) satellite has been fuelled – a critical and extremely hazardous milestone on the road to launch. Once in geostationary orbit 36,000 km above the equator, this all-new weather satellite will provide state-of-the art observations of Earth’s atmosphere and realtime monitoring of lightning events, taking weather forecasting to the next level.

  • Artemis I enters Moon orbit
    on November 25, 2022 at 10:13 pm
  • Earth from Space: Zaragoza, Spain
    on November 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

    The province of Zaragoza, in northeast Spain, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

  • Commercialisation of space boosted at ESA Ministerial Council
    on November 25, 2022 at 7:40 am

    23 Member and Associate States of the Agency pledged a total 117.6 million euros to ESA’s ScaleUp programme at ESA’s Ministerial Council CM22 to encourage entrepreneurship and commercialisation in the European space sector. This amount exceeds the target funding request by more than 17%, thus confirming the strong support that ESA Member States intend to provide to the development of a strong and sustainable commercial space ecosystem.

  • Announcement of ESA's new class of astronauts
    on November 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Video: 00:26:06 ESA’s new class of astronauts was announced on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 at the Grand Palais Éphémère (GPE) in Paris. The new class includes career astronauts, reserve astronauts as well as astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project.Last year and for the first time since 2008, ESA launched a call for applications and it received more than 22 500 valid applications. At this event ESA revealed which of these were successful. The event was moderated by Louise Houghton.Watch the other ESA Astronaut Class 2022 videos.Access the related broadcast quality footage.

  • ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level - Media Conference
    on November 23, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Video: 00:44:11 Watch the replay of the press conference that brings the Council Meeting at Ministerial Level in Paris (CM22) to a close. ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher, as well as the hosting minister and the CM22 chair, present the outcome of this high-level meeting that takes place on 22 and 23 November. ESA’s plans for the next three years reflect the needs to raise Europe up another level in space activities, and to ensure that space continues to serve European citizens.Watch the other CM22 videos.

  • Family portrait
    on November 23, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Image: The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module (left), Earth (middle) and the Moon (right) are captured in this ‘family portrait’ by Orion’s solar array camera during the spacecraft’s closet approach to the lunar surface.Six days into the 25-day Artemis I mission, the Orion spacecraft performed a key manoeuvre: just a little more than 130 km from the lunar surface, the main engine on the European Service Module – a repurposed Space Shuttle engine that is now on its 20th spaceflight – fired for just under 150 seconds to push the spacecraft and head towards a lunar orbit using the Moon’s gravity to reduce fuel consumption.The manoeuvre, known as the Outbound Powered Flyby, was another success for the Artemis I mission, whose goal is to test the mission profile, the spacecraft, and the people operating it in preparation for flights with astronauts on future missions.The European Service Module is powering Orion around the Moon and back, providing propulsion, temperature control, electricity as well as storage and delivery for essential supplies such as fuel, water and air.Mission control for Orion is at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA, where European engineers are on hand at all times to offer in-depth expertise on the finer details of the service module. The mission evaluation room based at ESA’s technical heart in The Netherlands also has personnel round the clock in direct communication with their US and European colleagues in mission control in Houston.“Operationally the spacecraft is performing perfectly and the international collaboration with this new spacecraft with new flight rules is great to see,” says ESA’s Programme Manager for the European Service Modules, Philippe Deloo, “The teams across both sides of the Atlantic are showing exemplary skills, knowledge and teamwork leading humankind forward to the Moon.”Stunning new imagery of Earth from a human-rated spacecraft such as this image is also important to the mission, bringing the wonder of space exploration to the public some 50 years after the last Apollo mission.This photo was taken by a Go-Pro fastened to the end of one of four 7 m-long solar array, and connects to the spacecraft over a wireless network. The solar arrays provide enough electricity to power two households on Earth.Find the latest updates on Artemis I on the ESA Orion blog and on Twitter @esaspaceflight.

  • Hall of mirrors for Proba-3 laser testing
    on November 21, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Image: Hall of mirrors for Proba-3 laser testing

  • ESA Orion blog with icon
    on December 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    ESA's Orion blog Updates on Artemis and the European Service Module for Orion

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