Europe's latest weather satellite, MetOp-C, was placed in Europe's largest vacuum chamber on Monday, ready for an extended trial by airlessness for its suite of instruments: [ Link ]
The SpaceX #Dragon CRS-10 spacecraft has been waved off in today’s planned rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station: [ Link ]

Europe’s Vega small launcher is set to demonstrate its extended capability to deploy multiple light satellites using its new versatile Small Satellites Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser, in the second half of 2018. Potential customers are invited to respond to the joint ESA/EC Announcement of Opportunity, by 31 March. See here:

Vega flight opportunity for multiple small satellites
Amazing view of the Nile and Aswan dam from Thomas Pesquet this morning!
Liftoff this morning of Progress 66 launched on time at 12:58 a.m. ET from Baikonur. Cargo now on the way to the International Space Station for arrival on Friday.
Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is seen here kicking up waves as it orbits within the 'Keeler gap'. The mosaic combines several images to show more waves in the gap edges. Daphnis is a small moon at 8 km across, but its gravity is powerful enough to disrupt the tiny particles of the A ring that form the Keeler gap's edge. The international Cassini mission captured these images...
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Thanks Creative Commons! It's time to leave the capsule!

European Space Agency announces new Open Access Policy for Images and...
Photo un peu ratée (lumière très faible du crépuscule), mais sur laquelle apparaît un avion en vol ! Un bi-réacteur en direction de Paris, apparemment… des collègues d’Air France ? ;) [ Link ]
Dreaming of seeing a rocket launch? Take your chance now with the fifth ESA/EISC Space for Sustainability Award! See here for details! [ Link ]
In cooperation with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, ESA awareness posters on the airport's digital display boards. Thanks for all your pics you've sent us or tweeted! Here are a selection presented chronologically as photographed.
In this special edition, Jacqueline McGlade from the UN Environment Programme and ESA’s Josef Aschbacher join the show to discuss how satellite data can contribute to the UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook.

Earth from Space: Special edition

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. In this special edition, Jacqueline McGlade from the UN Environment Programme and E...

The UN Environment Programme’s Sixth Global Environment Authors Meeting is being held at ESRIN, ESA’s centre of Earth observation in Frascati, Italy, on 20–24 February. "Environmental Security in a Changing World", speakers at ESA ESRIN, live now. Watch here: [ Link ]

UNEP Global Environment Outlook Meeting
This is the Propulsion Qualification Model of the European Service Module - ESA’s contribution to NASA’s Orion Spacecraft. Designed to provide the spacecraft’s propulsion, electrical power, water and thermal control, this test model was designed by Airbus Defence & Space and assembled by OHB Sweden. It has just been shipped to the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico where it will undergo...
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ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible. The pulsar is also the most distant of its kind ever detected, with its light travelling 50 million light-years before being detected by XMM-Newton. See [ Link ]
"Earth still covered in darkness, but the International Space Station is lit by rays of Sun as it peeks over the horizon – making us visible from Earth," says Thomas Pesquet.
Because of the sheer size and scale of the assembled NASA/ESA/CSA Webb telescope, some of the equipment typically used to test spacecraft simply doesn’t measure up. One of those is a 'shaker table', used to shake spacecraft such as Webb, to make sure they can withstand the vibrations of a rocket launch. See [ Link ]
ESA goes #OpenAccess: A new policy now facilitates use and reuse of our public material. Be shareful!
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ESA affirms Open Access policy for images, videos and data
Tweet Two weeks before liftoff, Sentinel-2B is in position high up in the launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. On Saturday, the upper composite carrying the Sentinel-2B satellite was taken from the integration facility to the launch pad. It was then lifted up the gantry to th...

Sentinel-2B in the launch tower
ESA has backed the development of a ‘metamaterial’ device to sift through the faint afterglow of the Big Bang, to search for evidence of primordial gravitational waves triggered by the rapidly expanding newborn Universe...

Magnetic mirror design for sifting evidence of primordial gravitational waves
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