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A group of university students completed the ESA Academy’s third Concurrent Engineering Workshop with a difficult challenge: to design a satellite that would help protect African #elephants! #ESAacademy 

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Astronauts Dumitru Prunariu of Romania, Ulf Merbold and Ernst Messerschmid of Germany, Dirk Frimout of Belgium, Claudie Haigneré of France and André Kuipers of the Netherlands are confirmed as attending this year's open day at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands on 8 October. Ticket registration opens via our website on 3 July 2017. #OpenESTEC

Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/05/Astronauts_attending_ESTEC_Open_Day_2017
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Human spaceflight image of the week: Launching a collision #drone to explore places no human could go, deep underground in #Sicily

Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/05/Launching_the_drone2

Credit: ESA–N. Russo www.natalinorusso.it 
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As a first test of a new printable hard, electrically conductive plastic, ESA has 3D-printed #CubeSat structures incorporating their own electrical lines. In future, such miniature satellites could be ready to go once their instruments, circuit boards and solar panels were slotted in. #3Dprinting

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#SpaceScience image of the week features an abstract sketch by Aoife van Linden Tol, the recipient of the first ESA #ArsElectronica residency, created in May 2017 during her second stay at ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands.

The sketch, made with charcoal powder and pigments, is inspired by multicolour images of the Sun like those collected with the ESA/NASA SOHO observatory.

As an artist working primarily with explosive media, Aoife often makes preparatory sketches and designs by throwing charcoal powder and pigments on to paper.

During the residency, she has been researching for her Star Storm project, an explosive performance inspired by stars, including the Sun. The performance will be premiered in September during the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/05/Lost_in_the_photosphere_by_Aoife_van_Linden_Tol

Credit: A. van Linden Tol
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In this talk held at ESA’s astronaut centre near Cologne, Germany on 16 February 2017, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano talks about astronauts and exploration and how astronauts train and prepare for exploring our universe and the similarities between missions on Earth and in space.

More about CAVES and Pangaea:
http://blogs.esa.int/caves/

Connect with Luca:
http://lucaparmitano.esa.int

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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under #Sicily using a #drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map. #CAVES

Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Caves/Exploring_underground_with_a_colliding_drone

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#Technology image of the week: South Korea’s island-studded Mokpo port captured by ESA’s Earth-observing Proba-V minisatellite.

Located in the southwest of the country, the mid-sized city of Mokpo is a historic naval base and gateway to the country’s Honam Plain. Mokpo is visible in this false-colour image as a blue–grey area on the estuary of the Yeonsang River.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/05/Proba-V_images_Mokpo_in_South_Korea

Credit: ESA/Belspo – produced by VITO 
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The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over western #India to a seasonal salt marsh known as the Rann of Kutch. #EarthFromSpace

Read more & download:
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/05/Rann_of_Kutch_India

Credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2015), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO 
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Watch this week's #EarthFromSpace - featuring a Sentinel-2 image of a salt desert in #India 
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