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Just weeks away from his launch to the International Space Station here's the latest blog entry from ESA astronaut +Alexander Gerst - on one-way tickets. #bluedot  
 
One-way tickets

The first time I felt like this, I was 21 and on a plane to Honduras. In my hand I had a 12-month round-the-world ticket with a completely open itinerary. I had put my backpack in the baggage hold and said goodbye to my friends and family. For many months I was leaving everything I had ever seen or known behind me to break new ground. 

http://blogs.esa.int/alexander-gerst/2014/04/22/one-way-tickets/
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Image from +EUMETSAT showing dawn over Central Europe this morning on #EarthDay - taken by Meteosat-10
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eumetsat/13944037836#
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Cara vecchia Terra, chissà cosa l attende per il futuro......
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The 2014 European Green Capital, Copenhagen, sets a stellar example as a ‘green city’ – the theme for this year’s Earth Day.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/04/Copenhagen

#Copenhagen #Denmark #EarthDay  
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Space imagery is rarely true color.
... but I can see my house from here :-)
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Nathalie Leys from ESA's Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative team introduces life-support research.

#MELISSA #exploration  
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This has a strange resemblance to the centre console of the Tardis!
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#Dragon spacecraft captured by the #ISS crew at 13:14 CEST (11:14 UT) this morning. Congratulations +SpaceX!
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Congratulation Dragon and spacex!! 
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A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been spotted by XMM-Newton. This is the first time such a pair have been seen in an ordinary galaxy. They were discovered because they ripped apart a star when the space observatory happened to be looking in their direction.

http://sci.esa.int/xmm-newton/53980-unique-pair-of-hidden-black-holes-discovered-by-xmm-newton/

#XMMNewton  
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Woa ; ○
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Uncanny! ;)
 
Philae supply current appears to have the shape of the Cologne Cathedral. Talk about eerie similarities... What do you think?

via @Philae2014

Image credit: CC-BY-SA 3.0
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Science finally proved the existence of the Easter bunny. (^^...)

Now check all your old readings for signs of Santa Claus.
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This image shows a patch of sky from the COSMOS survey, as viewed by XMM-Newton. COSMOS is a project studying how galaxies form and evolve, gathering observations using a variety of ground- and space-based telescopes. This image alone features about two thousand supermassive black holes, and over a hundred clusters of galaxies.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/04/An_X-ray_view_of_the_COSMOS_field

#xmmnewton #COSMOS  
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Come tanti diamanti ! 
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Egg Nebula - Happy Easter to those who are celebrating!
 
Hunting for Easter eggs today? Here’s the Egg Nebula: http://ow.ly/i/5iGQA  http://ow.ly/3jtT2L via +European Space Agency, ESA 

#nebula #eggnebula #space #ESA  
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With a big chocolate bunny and hungover from a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.
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Journalist/astronomer/blogger Jan Hatterman kindly allowed us to include this image of the lunar eclipse in our 'week in images' feature. We've published a day earlier than usual this week as tomorrow is a holiday for us. Happy Easter everyone!

Our week in images 14-18 April:
http://www.esa.int/Highlights/Week_In_Images_14_18_April_2014
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