17 Jun 2019

Melting a satellite, a piece at a time

Researchers took one of the densest parts of an Earth-orbiting satellite, placed it in a plasma wind tunnel then proceeded to melt it into vapour. Their goal was to better understand how satellites burn up during reentry, to minimise the risk of endangering anyone on the ground.

Source: ESA news

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14 Jun 2019

Space agencies come together

On 14 June, President Hiroshi Yamakawa of JAXA was welcomed at the 282nd meeting of the ESA Council – the Agency’s governing body – held at ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

For decades, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, have worked in close collaboration to better understand our Universe.

Source: ESA news

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13 Jun 2019

ESA Impact June


This special edition of ESA Impact brings you spectacular images of Earth, Mars, black holes and Luca Parmitano. Browse the slide-out texts and videos for insights.
Source: ESA news

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12 Jun 2019

Mapping our global human footprint

The number of people flocking to cities in search of employment and better prospects is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach nine billion, 70% of which will be living in urban areas. The World Settlement Footprint 2015 (WSF-2015) is the first map, using mass collections of radar and optical satellite imagery, to provide a global overview of the world’s human settlements.

Source: ESA news

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12 Jun 2019
12 Jun 2019
12 Jun 2019

ESA wants to hear your space dreams

What is your vision for the future of space? As ESA prepares its programmes for upcoming years, we want to hear what your space dreams are. What exciting things should we be working on – and what activities will make the most difference to life on Earth? A new competition called My Space Dream gives you the chance to tell us what to do next, and win some great prizes.

Source: ESA news

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12 Jun 2019
11 Jun 2019

Science from the Space Station

In the age of social media, no new experience goes undocumented. On Earth, we fill our camera rolls with weekends away, social events and time spent with family and friends. But just imagine how many photos you might take if you lived and worked in space.

Source: ESA news

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10 Jun 2019

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