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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space.


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#BepiColombo lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket at 01:45 GMT on 20 October 2018

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Follow the launch of #BepiColombo now!

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Mercury is a planetary misfit, an oddball in the solar system, and this month the #BepiColombo mission is setting off to study it in unprecedented detail.
The best images we have of Mercury are from +NASA's MESSENGER mission, which pictured its cratered surface and curious features earlier this decade.
Soon, the joint European and Japanese BepiColombo mission will head there to take an even closer look.

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Dreaming of flying a satellite into space but not sure how? Wonder no more! Our Education Office and our Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section are looking for university students to participate in the second edition of our Academy’s Concurrent Engineering Workshop dedicated to CubeSats. The 4-day workshop will be organised between 15 and 18 January 2019 at the Training and Learning Facility in ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium.

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In this episode of #EarthfromSpace, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite takes us over Lake Disappointment, Australia, from the ESA Web TV studios.

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In the absence of gravity, foams and granular materials stick together for longer. Our astronaut Alexander Gerst shares how researchers are studying the properties of these materials in space to help innovation on Earth.

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During World Space Week earlier this month, 50 primary and secondary teachers from our different Member and Associate States shared experiences and were inspired by space at the our Autumn Teacher Workshop.

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A facility planned for our Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, will recreate the Moon’s surface on Earth. Our project manager for strategic planning and future development Andreas Diekmann shares how the three-part lunar analogue facility, known as Luna, will help Europe go farther in space.
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