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Europe's very first 3D printer in space is scheduled for installation aboard the ISS next year.

The International Space Station was threatened by space debris last week but ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle saved the day by firing its thrusters to push the orbital outpost and its six occupants out of harm's way.

Rhea and Titan As Seen By Cassini

Earth is the only planet in our Solar System to have a single solitary moon. While others, such as Mercury and Venus, have none, the gas giants have accumulated crowds of orbiting bodies -- Saturn, for example, boasts an impressive 62 moons!

Proba-2 Celebrates Five Years in Orbit

ESA's Proba-2 celebrates five years in orbit today. From technology demonstrator to solar observatory and now space weather platform, the mission has provided triple value to European scientists.

Improved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action when satellites are threatened by space junk.

Primary Landing Site Confirmed for Philae

ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown on a comet.

Painting The Space Station With a Laser

This extraordinary video clip was recorded at ESA's Optical Ground Station (OGS) at about 19:05 UTC on 8 October 2014 as the station illuminated the ISS with a 3.6-Watt 532-nm green laser, used for testing next-gen optical communication technologies.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst Works in Space

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Expedition 41 flight engineer, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as work continues on the International Space Station.

This Envisat Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) reduced resolution image was acquired on 16 October 2004 along the southern rim of the Himalayas defining the edge of the Tibetan Plateau.

CryoSat Unveils Secrets of the Deep

ESA's ice mission has been used to create a new gravity map, exposing thousands of previously unchartered 'seamounts', ridges and deep ocean structures.

Halfway through Blue Dot mission

Halfway through his six-month Blue Dot mission, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is sharing the International Space Station with only two colleagues: Maxim Suraev and Reid Wiseman.

Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.

Looking at the Moon's North Pole

The greyscale pattern of dark and light blotches on the Moon is a familiar sight to stargazers. However, there are regions that remained relatively mysterious to us until surprisingly recently - most notably the Moon's polar regions, which astronomers have dubbed 'Luna Incognita', or 'the unknown Moon'.

IXV Drop-test Model Being Moved

This drop-test model of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane will be one of the star attractions of the Sunday, 5 October ESTEC Open Day.

Rosetta's lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.

This timelapse video was made from images taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.

Saharan Sand Storm Seen From Orbit

Alexander Gerst ‏@Astro_Alex 50m A sand storm raging over the #Sahara desert. #BlueDot

Earth from Space: Lake Chad

This Landsat-8 image from 4 July 2014 shows Lake Chad in West Africa's Sahel region - a transition zone between the Sahara Desert to the north and savannahs and woodlands to the south.

Video: Preparing ATV-5 Georges Lemaitre

This time-lapse video shows the ATV-5 Georges Lemaitre loading process and its integration on the Ariane 5 launcher before its transfer and launch to the International Space Station from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on 29 July 2014.

ESA Celebrates 50 Years at ESOC

In the presence of media, invited dignitaries, former astronauts, ESA's Director General and colleagues past and present, the workforce at ESOC celebrated 50 years of European cooperation in space today.

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