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Photographing Our Home Planet From Orbit

European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, Expedition 37 flight engineer, uses a still camera to photograph the topography of a point on Earth from a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station. ISS037-E-011221 (14 Oct. 2013) high res (1.5 M) low res (97 K)

Gibraltar At Night As Seen From Orbit

@astro_luca #Gibraltar, a night kiss between two continents. Il bacio notturno tra due continenti: Gibilterra #Volare Image

ESA's Planck space telescope has been turned off after nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars and galaxies throughout the Universe's history.

SMOS Sees Triple Superstorms

ESA's versatile water mission tracked Asia's recent storms over land and sea.

The NASA-ESA-ASI Cassini spacecraft has been observing the Saturn system, including the giant satellite Titan, for more than 9 years. A detailed analysis of Cassini data has now confirmed predictions that the density of Titan's ionosphere is directly linked to the 11 year cycle of solar activity.

An international team of astronomers has found the most distant gravitational lens yet -- a galaxy that, as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, deflects and intensifies the light of an even more distant object.

3-D Metal Printing Revolution in Space

A metal 3D-printing revolution is entering space. AMAZE is a recently announced project that aims to perfect the printing of space-quality metal components on Earth and beyond within five years.

Braving high winds, dust devils and unpredictable terrain, ESA's test rover has completed its exploration across - and under - Chile's Mars-like Atacama Desert. The five-day Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial concluded on Saturday 12 October.

Galactic Bubble

Nestled within the shell around this large bubble is an embryonic star that is already a hefty eight times more massive than our Sun.

Herding Animals From Space

Satellites see defined lines of nomadic pastoralism in one of the world's poorest countries.
Landlocked in western Africa, Niger is one of the world's poorest nations. With less than 4% of the country's land arable and prone to drought, food security is a major concern for the population of over 17 million.

Students from the iSEDE team are preparing their experiment for integration on their CubeSat as part of the Balloon-borne EXperiments for University Students (BEXUS) project.

Desert Trial for ESA Mars Rover

Next week will see ESA's most ambitious planetary rover test yet. Robotic exploration of a Mars-like desert in South America will be overseen from the UK, providing experience for future missions to the Red Planet.

Mystery fans know that the best way to solve a mystery is to revisit the scene where it began and look for clues. To understand the mysteries of our universe, scientists are trying to go back as far they can to the Big Bang.

The Violent Sun

ESA's Sun-watching Proba-2 satellite has been in orbit since November 2009, demonstrating a range of technologies and serving as a platform for scientific observations.

XMM-Newton X-ray Slew Tracks

Bright strips of X-ray data record the slew history of ESA's XMM-Newton as it moves its focus between different objects in the sky.

Smiling Astro Luca on First Spacewalk

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano during his first spacewalk outside the International Space Station on July 9, 2013. Follow Luca on Twitter.

Probing Vegetation Across the Globe

The first global map of vegetation from the recently launched Proba-V has been unveiled, demonstrating that the minisatellite is on track to continue a 15-year legacy of global vegetation monitoring from space.

Ariane 6

In November 2012, European Ministers responsible for space, meeting in Naples, Italy, approved the start of preparatory activities for Europe's next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle.

Hundreds of individual lava flows are seen frozen in time on the flanks of Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the Solar System.

The recently launched Proba-V miniaturised satellite captured this image over the border region of northern Syria, southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq on 28 May. The area pictured is about 500 km across, with large reservoir lakes along the Euphrates River visible on the left, and another along the Tigris River on the right.

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