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Good evening all! Thomas Pesquet just sent this pic of his home away from home - his crew quarters on the International Space Station.
Join us on Tuesday: We fly ESA Gaia - Ask us anything! #GaiaAMA 6 December 16:00 CET (10:00 EST)

Gaia AMA – ask us anything!

On this day: 3 December 2015, ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission was launched on a Vega rocket, flight VV06, from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou. [ Sci.esa.int Link ]
Sentinel-3B’s Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer entering the thermal vacuum chamber for tests at the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 1 December. Sentinel-3 will study Earth’s oceans, land, ice and atmosphere to monitor and understand large-scale global dynamics. It will provide essential information in near-real time for ocean and weather forecasting. See [ Esa.int Link ]
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst also has a book out '166 Tage im All' (166 days in space). Proceeds to UNICEF. In German. Available soon:

166 Tage im All | Erde & Weltall | Mensch & Natur | Verlagshaus24.de

Just in from Thomas Pesquet, on cleaning duty today! :-D
If you come to work at #ESA, you'll quickly discover 'YoungESA' - a networking group that fosters contacts and building knowledge. YoungESA organises activities for its members such as field trips, lectures and social events, and has become well known within the Agency for spreading passion for space exploration. On 28 November, the group visited ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt,...
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On this day: 3 December 1999, the flight of Ariane 4 V124 set a world record with the 50th consecutive launch success of an Ariane 4 rocket since flight V70 (Ariane 42P) in 1994. Launched from Kourou in French Guiana, on board were the French Helios 1B satellite and the small Surrey Satellite/Alcatel Space Clementine electronic intelligence technology satellite. This variant of Ariane 4...
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Technology developed on the International Space Station could soon be used in restaurants and take-away food venues, and be better for the environment… Read more here

Cold plasma freshens up French fries

This magnificent reflection nebula NGC 2023 lies 1500 light-years from Earth, close to the well-known Flame and Horsehead Nebulae. NGC 2023 surrounds a massive young B-type star, whose light illuminates the nebula, resulting in its high surface brightness. The star itself lies outside the field of view, at the upper left, with its brilliant light is scattered by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space...
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I was looking for the Nazca lines today over Peru, and when I thought I had them, it turned out to be… irrigation fields. Still beautiful ????????

Je cherchais les géoglyphes de Nazca et en fait j’ai pris en photo… des champs irrigués péruviens ! Ça fait quand même de belles images ????????

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ESA today concluded its two-day Ministerial Council in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ministers in charge for space matters from ESA’s 22 Member States plus Slovenia and Canada allocated €10.3 billion for space activities, demonstrating once more that they consider space as a strategic investment with a particularly high socio-economic value.

European ministers ready ESA for a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0

La chaise de MARES me rappelle étrangement celle du dentiste, les chocs électriques dans la jambe en plus #souffrirpourlascience [ Blogs.esa.int Link ]
A view from Thomas Pesquet today: "The solar arrays on the International Space Station provide all our electricity: 84 to 120 kilowatts – enough to provide power to more than 40 homes."
Highlights from the ESA Ministerial Council in Lucerne, Switzerland, 1-2 December 2016. Here, Ministers in charge of space activities from the 22 ESA Member States met to decide on future space activities for Europe. See more at http\://
LIVE: Ministerial Council media conference starting shortly:

ESA Ministerial Council 2016 - Media Conference

LIVE: Ministerial Council media conference starting shortly:

Ministerial Council Media Briefing by European Space Agency

The multi-agency team behind the ESA-designed EGNOS augmentation system – making it possible for European aircraft to safely rely on satnav signals – has received a prestigious award from France’s national aerospace academy.

EGNOS team receive prestigious award

More than 17 000 people converged on Helsinki in Finland this week to create businesses – and ESA was there to add its space expertise.

Nordic entrepreneurial spirit boosted by space