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Cheops opens its eye to the sky








Six weeks after the launch of Cheops, ESA’s Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, the telescope cover was opened as part of the mission’s in-orbit commissioning.

#space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Cheops opens its eye to the sky








Six weeks after the launch of Cheops, ESA’s Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, the telescope cover was opened as part of the mission’s in-orbit commissioning.

#space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Huygens landing spin mystery solved








Fifteen years ago today, ESA’s Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully land on another world in the outer Solar System. However, during its descent, the probe began spinning the wrong way – and recent tests now reveal why.

#space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Huygens landing spin mystery solved








Fifteen years ago today, ESA’s Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully land on another world in the outer Solar System. However, during its descent, the probe began spinning the wrong way – and recent tests now reveal why.

#space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Earth from Space: Tromsø






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This week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image over Tromsø – the largest city in northern Norway.
See also Tromsø, Norway to download the image.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Earth from Space: Tromsø






Video: 00:02:34

This week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image over Tromsø – the largest city in northern Norway.
See also Tromsø, Norway to download the image.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

The sprite before Christmas






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Someone decked the skies with boughs of sprites.

The red jellyfish in the sky is a unique red sprite high above a storm across the southern plains of the United States.

Taken in the early hours of 21 October by outdoor photographer Paul Smith, red sprites, along with blue jets and elves, are elusive electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere that are difficult to study as they occur over thunderstorms and propagate out into space.

“There were some very strong events and many dancing sprites as the storms matured,” says Paul.

“I was so amazed to capture some very bright reflections in the lake I was shooting from. I was out until the early hours of the morning and got home at 5:00, but so worth it!” The photo was taken from Lake Acadia, Oklahoma. Watch a video of the storm .

Sightings of these elusive high altitude optical phenomena had long been based on hearsay and appeared to be linked with thunderstorms. First camera images of red sprites were obtained about 30 years ago. The scientific community was intrigued and wanted to learn more, leading to the creation of an observatory that is now aboard the International Space Station.

Called the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, or ASIM, the suite of instruments includes optical cameras and photometers to capture red sprites and other high altitude luminous events as well as lightning. ASIM also carries a Gamma-ray detector to study so-called Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs).

All these instruments are mounted together outside the European Columbus module and look downwards towards the Earth. The combination of optical and Gamma-ray detectors in the same payload makes it possible to describe the lightning processes that lead to TGF emissions. ASIM provides the highest ever spatial and temporal resolution for the study of electrical activity linked to thunderstorms.

New data from ASIM will improve our understanding of the effect of thunderstorms on the atmosphere and thus contribute to more accurate climate models.

The data ASIM is generating has been made available to the public for the first time and can be consulted at the ASIM Science Data Center. A recent paper was also published in Science magazine.

Though they are difficult to detect due to their faintness and the fact that they disappear within milliseconds, the conditions from Earth were just right to catch these sprites in action.

You can find more of Paul’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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The sprite before Christmas






Image:

Someone decked the skies with boughs of sprites.

The red jellyfish in the sky is a unique red sprite high above a storm across the southern plains of the United States.

Taken in the early hours of 21 October by outdoor photographer Paul Smith, red sprites, along with blue jets and elves, are elusive electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere that are difficult to study as they occur over thunderstorms and propagate out into space.

“There were some very strong events and many dancing sprites as the storms matured,” says Paul.

“I was so amazed to capture some very bright reflections in the lake I was shooting from. I was out until the early hours of the morning and got home at 5:00, but so worth it!” The photo was taken from Lake Acadia, Oklahoma. Watch a video of the storm .

Sightings of these elusive high altitude optical phenomena had long been based on hearsay and appeared to be linked with thunderstorms. First camera images of red sprites were obtained about 30 years ago. The scientific community was intrigued and wanted to learn more, leading to the creation of an observatory that is now aboard the International Space Station.

Called the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, or ASIM, the suite of instruments includes optical cameras and photometers to capture red sprites and other high altitude luminous events as well as lightning. ASIM also carries a Gamma-ray detector to study so-called Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs).

All these instruments are mounted together outside the European Columbus module and look downwards towards the Earth. The combination of optical and Gamma-ray detectors in the same payload makes it possible to describe the lightning processes that lead to TGF emissions. ASIM provides the highest ever spatial and temporal resolution for the study of electrical activity linked to thunderstorms.

New data from ASIM will improve our understanding of the effect of thunderstorms on the atmosphere and thus contribute to more accurate climate models.

The data ASIM is generating has been made available to the public for the first time and can be consulted at the ASIM Science Data Center. A recent paper was also published in Science magazine.

Though they are difficult to detect due to their faintness and the fact that they disappear within milliseconds, the conditions from Earth were just right to catch these sprites in action.

You can find more of Paul’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

The sprite before Christmas






Image:

Someone decked the skies with boughs of sprites.

The red jellyfish in the sky is a unique red sprite high above a storm across the southern plains of the United States.

Taken in the early hours of 21 October by outdoor photographer Paul Smith, red sprites, along with blue jets and elves, are elusive electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere that are difficult to study as they occur over thunderstorms and propagate out into space.

“There were some very strong events and many dancing sprites as the storms matured,” says Paul.

“I was so amazed to capture some very bright reflections in the lake I was shooting from. I was out until the early hours of the morning and got home at 5:00, but so worth it!” The photo was taken from Lake Acadia, Oklahoma. Watch a video of the storm .

Sightings of these elusive high altitude optical phenomena had long been based on hearsay and appeared to be linked with thunderstorms. First camera images of red sprites were obtained about 30 years ago. The scientific community was intrigued and wanted to learn more, leading to the creation of an observatory that is now aboard the International Space Station.

Called the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, or ASIM, the suite of instruments includes optical cameras and photometers to capture red sprites and other high altitude luminous events as well as lightning. ASIM also carries a Gamma-ray detector to study so-called Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs).

All these instruments are mounted together outside the European Columbus module and look downwards towards the Earth. The combination of optical and Gamma-ray detectors in the same payload makes it possible to describe the lightning processes that lead to TGF emissions. ASIM provides the highest ever spatial and temporal resolution for the study of electrical activity linked to thunderstorms.

New data from ASIM will improve our understanding of the effect of thunderstorms on the atmosphere and thus contribute to more accurate climate models.

The data ASIM is generating has been made available to the public for the first time and can be consulted at the ASIM Science Data Center. A recent paper was also published in Science magazine.

Though they are difficult to detect due to their faintness and the fact that they disappear within milliseconds, the conditions from Earth were just right to catch these sprites in action.

You can find more of Paul’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Spain joins Copernicus Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment


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Today, ESA and Spain’s Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology signed an understanding that will boost Spain’s access to Copernicus Sentinel data.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Spain joins Copernicus Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment


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Today, ESA and Spain’s Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology signed an understanding that will boost Spain’s access to Copernicus Sentinel data.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

A very good start






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The first spacewalk to service the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) could not have gone better. Lead spacewalker ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is imaged here hitching a ride on the International Space Station’s 16-metre long robotic arm to kick off the first of four ventures to service the particle physics detector on 15 November.

While all spacewalks are a carefully planned and detailed affair, the four spacewalks for AMS are exceptionally difficult as the bus-sized dark matter detector was never designed to be maintained in space. But after three successful years of delivering ground breaking science, the decision was made to extend its lifetime.

The cooling pumps for AMS-02 need maintenance and without them it will no longer be able to collect data on the cosmic rays that are bombarding our planet. The first question spacewalk designers had to answer whether this was even possible.

The first spacewalk proved it was not only possible, but thanks to the planning and trained that began as early as 2017, Luca and his spacewalking partner Andrew Morgan could achieve more than scheduled – setting them in good stead for the next phase.

The spacewalk began, as they all do, with “prebreathing” for up to two hours. Similar to scuba divers, astronauts can suffer from the ‘bends’: quickly changing pressure can turn the nitrogen in human bodies into bubbles with serious symptoms. To avoid this, astronauts breathe pure oxygen to purge their bodies of nitrogen.

Luca and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan left the depressurised Quest airlock at 13:10 CET (12:10 GMT), with Luca grabbing the ride to AMS on the robotic arm controlled by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir while Drew ferried handrails and equipment by hand to the worksite.

The main task of this spacewalk was to remove the debris shield covering AMS, with an estimated three hours portioned for this task. Luca and Drew managed to jettison the debris shield to burn up safely in Earth’s atmosphere well ahead of schedule.

Luca and Drew also installed three handrails in the vicinity of AMS to prepare for the next spacewalks and removed zip ties on the AMS’ vertical support strut.

Amazingly, the duo were still well ahead of the six hours planned for the main task of removing the debris shield.

When time permits, mission control give spacewalkers some “get ahead” tasks. Although there were no get-ahead tasks planned for this spacewalk the duo was so far ahead of schedule that mission control agreed they continue work originally planned for the second AMS spacewalk. Luca removed the screws from a carbon-fibre cover under the insulation and passed the cover to Drew to jettison once again.

The pair cleaned up, took some photos of their killer views, gathered tools, and made their way back to the airlock, clocking in 6 hours and 39 minutes for this promising start to AMS maintenance.

The next spacewalk is scheduled for 22 November. Watch the spacewalk via ESA Web TV.

Got questions about AMS? Post them using the hashtag #SpacewalkForAMS on Twitter and follow the hashtag for the latest.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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A very good start






Image:

The first spacewalk to service the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) could not have gone better. Lead spacewalker ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is imaged here hitching a ride on the International Space Station’s 16-metre long robotic arm to kick off the first of four ventures to service the particle physics detector on 15 November.

While all spacewalks are a carefully planned and detailed affair, the four spacewalks for AMS are exceptionally difficult as the bus-sized dark matter detector was never designed to be maintained in space. But after three successful years of delivering ground breaking science, the decision was made to extend its lifetime.

The cooling pumps for AMS-02 need maintenance and without them it will no longer be able to collect data on the cosmic rays that are bombarding our planet. The first question spacewalk designers had to answer whether this was even possible.

The first spacewalk proved it was not only possible, but thanks to the planning and trained that began as early as 2017, Luca and his spacewalking partner Andrew Morgan could achieve more than scheduled – setting them in good stead for the next phase.

The spacewalk began, as they all do, with “prebreathing” for up to two hours. Similar to scuba divers, astronauts can suffer from the ‘bends’: quickly changing pressure can turn the nitrogen in human bodies into bubbles with serious symptoms. To avoid this, astronauts breathe pure oxygen to purge their bodies of nitrogen.

Luca and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan left the depressurised Quest airlock at 13:10 CET (12:10 GMT), with Luca grabbing the ride to AMS on the robotic arm controlled by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir while Drew ferried handrails and equipment by hand to the worksite.

The main task of this spacewalk was to remove the debris shield covering AMS, with an estimated three hours portioned for this task. Luca and Drew managed to jettison the debris shield to burn up safely in Earth’s atmosphere well ahead of schedule.

Luca and Drew also installed three handrails in the vicinity of AMS to prepare for the next spacewalks and removed zip ties on the AMS’ vertical support strut.

Amazingly, the duo were still well ahead of the six hours planned for the main task of removing the debris shield.

When time permits, mission control give spacewalkers some “get ahead” tasks. Although there were no get-ahead tasks planned for this spacewalk the duo was so far ahead of schedule that mission control agreed they continue work originally planned for the second AMS spacewalk. Luca removed the screws from a carbon-fibre cover under the insulation and passed the cover to Drew to jettison once again.

The pair cleaned up, took some photos of their killer views, gathered tools, and made their way back to the airlock, clocking in 6 hours and 39 minutes for this promising start to AMS maintenance.

The next spacewalk is scheduled for 22 November. Watch the spacewalk via ESA Web TV.

Got questions about AMS? Post them using the hashtag #SpacewalkForAMS on Twitter and follow the hashtag for the latest.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Raumfahrt: Mehr Geld für die Raumfahrt reicht nicht aus - Golem.de

Sehr interessanter und gut formulierter Artikel.
Das derzeitige Disaster mit dem Galileo System ist auch nicht besser
#science #weltraum #esa
 

Raumfahrt: Bundesregierung will angeblich Beiträge für ESA kürzen | heise online


Lasst den Quatsch mit dem #Weltraumbahnhof und gebt lieber das Geld der #ESA

https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Raumfahrt-Bundesregierung-will-angeblich-Beitraege-fuer-ESA-kuerzen-4584493.html?wt_mc=rss.red.ho.ho.rdf.beitrag.beitrag
 

Frauen im Weltall: Eroberung einer Männerdomäne | tagesschau.de


Egal ob Mann oder Frau. Respekt an die Astronaut(innen) für die Arbeit, die sie leisten.

#ESA #NASA #Weltraum #Frauen
 

Craving for cold isolation – research doctor rotation in Antarctica








Did you know the largest desert in the world is also the coldest place in the world? In the heart of Antarctica, where temperatures can drop to –80°C, life is so hard there is no life to be found as even bacteria cannot survive.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Craving for cold isolation – research doctor rotation in Antarctica








Did you know the largest desert in the world is also the coldest place in the world? In the heart of Antarctica, where temperatures can drop to –80°C, life is so hard there is no life to be found as even bacteria cannot survive.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Moonrise at Europe's mission control






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After a spooky day of spacecraft operations, a crescent Moon rises over ESA's mission control in Darmstadt, Germany. Just next to it, to the bottom-right, Jupiter can be seen shining in the Sun's reflected light.

This Halloween photo was taken in the 'H-buidling', where the model International Space Station hovers welcoming tour groups, visitors and those who spend their days keeping Europe's missions up and running.

Find out more about what goes on at the Operations Centre, here.

#operations #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Moonrise at Europe's mission control






Image:

After a spooky day of spacecraft operations, a crescent Moon rises over ESA's mission control in Darmstadt, Germany. Just next to it, to the bottom-right, Jupiter can be seen shining in the Sun's reflected light.

This Halloween photo was taken in the 'H-buidling', where the model International Space Station hovers welcoming tour groups, visitors and those who spend their days keeping Europe's missions up and running.

Find out more about what goes on at the Operations Centre, here.

#operations #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Tempus device live streams patient data from air ambulance to receiving hospital






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Medical emergencies are set to be better managed thanks to air ambulances being equipped with space-enabled technology.

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex – which treats some 2,500 of the most seriously injured and ill patients each year in the south east of England – is to equip all its aircraft with devices developed in collaboration with ESA.

The equipment enables paramedics to live stream patient medical information – including electrocardiogram, body temperature, heart rhythm, pulse and respiration rate and blood pressure – via satellite or mobile phone network from the air ambulance to the hospital doctors who are due to take over their treatment.

The satellite link allows two‐way real-time consultations, which will help the air ambulance crew to take rapid clinical and transport decisions. It enables seamless electronic patient care reporting as the casualty leaves the care of the air ambulance crew and enters hospital.

#telecommunications #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Tempus device live streams patient data from air ambulance to receiving hospital






Image:

Medical emergencies are set to be better managed thanks to air ambulances being equipped with space-enabled technology.

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex – which treats some 2,500 of the most seriously injured and ill patients each year in the south east of England – is to equip all its aircraft with devices developed in collaboration with ESA.

The equipment enables paramedics to live stream patient medical information – including electrocardiogram, body temperature, heart rhythm, pulse and respiration rate and blood pressure – via satellite or mobile phone network from the air ambulance to the hospital doctors who are due to take over their treatment.

The satellite link allows two‐way real-time consultations, which will help the air ambulance crew to take rapid clinical and transport decisions. It enables seamless electronic patient care reporting as the casualty leaves the care of the air ambulance crew and enters hospital.

#telecommunications #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Earth from Space: The Netherlands






Video: 00:02:40

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of the Netherlands for an ESA open day.

See also The Netherlands to download the image.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Earth from Space: The Netherlands






Video: 00:02:40

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of the Netherlands for an ESA open day.

See also The Netherlands to download the image.

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Volunteer ‘saved’ from North Sea in live Galileo rescue test


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Europe’s Galileo constellation is doing more than providing global navigation services, it is also saving lives. As a real life demonstration of Galileo’s search and rescue capability, a volunteer was cast away in a lifeboat off the Belgian coast, then activated an emergency beacon for rescue.

#navigaton #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Volunteer ‘saved’ from North Sea in live Galileo rescue test


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Europe’s Galileo constellation is doing more than providing global navigation services, it is also saving lives. As a real life demonstration of Galileo’s search and rescue capability, a volunteer was cast away in a lifeboat off the Belgian coast, then activated an emergency beacon for rescue.

#navigaton #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Plant pot for the Moon


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Technology image of the week: ESA's lunar 3D printing competition winner with a printed version of her design

#engineering #technology #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Plant pot for the Moon


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Technology image of the week: ESA's lunar 3D printing competition winner with a printed version of her design

#engineering #technology #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Register now for ESA’s Moon-themed Open Day


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Registrations are now open for ESA’s Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 6 October – your chance to meet astronauts, space experts and see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure at ESA’s largest establishment.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Register now for ESA’s Moon-themed Open Day


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Registrations are now open for ESA’s Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 6 October – your chance to meet astronauts, space experts and see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure at ESA’s largest establishment.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Register now!


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ESA's 8th international workshop on tracking, telemetry and command systems for space will be held at the Agency's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany from 24-27 September

#operations #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Register now!


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ESA's 8th international workshop on tracking, telemetry and command systems for space will be held at the Agency's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany from 24-27 September

#operations #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

From black to green







Technology image of the week: Proba-V shows the rapid recovery of Argentinian grasslands from wildfire burn scars

#engineering #technology #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

From black to green







Technology image of the week: Proba-V shows the rapid recovery of Argentinian grasslands from wildfire burn scars

#engineering #technology #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Space-enabled app for pilots takes to the skies


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An app that integrates navigational data and weather conditions to improve flight safety for pilots has been launched. Its inventors hope to have a full commercial version on sale by the end of the year.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Space-enabled app for pilots takes to the skies


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An app that integrates navigational data and weather conditions to improve flight safety for pilots has been launched. Its inventors hope to have a full commercial version on sale by the end of the year.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

The Moon camera


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Hasselblad cameras are synonymous with the Apollo missions. We visited Gothenburg to find out how a Swedish camera made it to the Moon.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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The Moon camera


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Hasselblad cameras are synonymous with the Apollo missions. We visited Gothenburg to find out how a Swedish camera made it to the Moon.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Beyond live


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Tune in Saturday 20 July to watch the launch of Luca Parmitano to the International Space Station live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Beyond live


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Tune in Saturday 20 July to watch the launch of Luca Parmitano to the International Space Station live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

#news #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Apollo 11 launch pad


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Celebrating 50 years since Apollo 11 blasted off carrying the first humans that would walk on the Moon, Copernicus Sentinel-2 captures this historic launch site

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Apollo 11 launch pad


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Celebrating 50 years since Apollo 11 blasted off carrying the first humans that would walk on the Moon, Copernicus Sentinel-2 captures this historic launch site

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

German wildfire







The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captures the blaze from a military training site in northern Germany

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

German wildfire







The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captures the blaze from a military training site in northern Germany

#earth #science #space #esa #europeanspaceagency
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