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From very far to very near

ESA’s latest Mars orbiter has moved itself into a new path on its way to achieving the final orbit for probing the Red Planet. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrived last October on a multiyear…



A year of Sun

This montage of 366 images shows our Sun through the eyes of ESA’s Proba-2 satellite, as seen each day in 2016. The satellite’s SWAP camera works at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to capture the hot turbulent…


Better (solar) weather predictions

Excitement is building over European plans to launch a new space-weather satellite that would drastically improve forecasts of how solar storms will affect Earth. The European Space Agency (ESA) hopes to send the probe to…


Jobsearch: 450 km above Earth

Sometimes you’re allowed to float free at about 450 kilometers above the Earth. And then you have work to do. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on his first spacewalk, Friday 13 January 2017. Together with NASA…


Back to the future in pics

Careful sleuthing through decade-old images has enabled ESA’s asteroid team to decide that a newly discovered space rock poses little threat of hitting Earth any time soon. Spotting a previously unknown asteroid for the first…


Newborn or stillborn?

Just as the new calendar year begins, and with it a feeling of new beginnings, so this network of dust and gas shows a portion of sky where star birth is yet to take hold….