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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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COMING SOON: get your personal piece of European space in the #ESAshop! Next week, 25 October, ESA will launch an online shop with ESA branded clothes and accessories.
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ESA is joining the Big Science Business Forum 2018, on 26-28 February 2018 in Copenhagen. Details are now online of parallel sessions, keynote and main speakers, as well as the social programme.

Find out more on the #BSBF2018 website:
https://bsbf2018.org/bsbf2018-announces-prominent-speakers-parallel-session-details-social-programme/
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Delivering breast cancer screening results in a day instead of today’s standard two weeks is being proposed by a UK-based ESA incubator start-up company using paperless technology and online image transfers. Screening vans are already on the streets.
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ESA and Enterprise Ireland have signed an agreement that gives #Ireland access to data from the #Copernicus #Sentinel satellites and helps Ireland to exploit these data to benefit their country.

The agreement was signed on 13 October at ESA in the Netherlands just before the Copernicus #Sentinel-5P launch event.
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#HumanSpaceflight image of the week features testing for Mars.

If life exists on #Mars, it will have sought refuge #underground. Trying to uncover one of the best-kept secrets in the Solar System, scientists are working a kilometre beneath the ground, with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer joining them this week.

Teams from around the world are gathering at the UK’s Boulby Mine to test new technologies for exploring the Mars and the Moon. Almost 30 people are venturing into the deep for the fifth Mine Analogue Research (#MINAR) sortie.

Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/10/Testing_under_ground_for_Mars

Credit: ESA–L. Bessone
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An unprecedented catalogue of more than 21 000 images taken by a #webcam on ESA’s #MarsExpress is proving its worth as a science instrument, providing a global survey of unusual high-altitude cloud features on the Red Planet.

The low-resolution camera was originally installed on Mars Express for visual confirmation that the #Beagle-2 lander had separated in 2003. In 2007 it was switched back on and used primarily for outreach, education and citizen science, with images automatically posted to a dedicated Flickr page, sometimes within just 75 minutes of being taken at Mars.

Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express/Webcam_on_Mars_Express_surveys_high-altitude_clouds

Credit: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
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The #Copernicus #Sentinel-3A #satellite saw the temperature at the top of Hurricane #Ophelia on 15 October 2017 as the storm approached the British Isles.

Ophelia has since been downgraded from a hurricane to a storm.

Read more: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/10/Hurricane_Ophelia_s_temperature

Credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
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Europe’s first all-electric #telecom #satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. #Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA-led projects, including fully articulated thruster arms.

The satellite relied entirely on electric thrusters to climb from its initial orbit into its planned slot over the equator some 35 800 km up, and is now using them to hold position.
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Launched last week, Europe’s #Sentinel-5P #satellite – the first #Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe – is in excellent health.

The 820 kg satellite was lofted into orbit from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia last Friday on a #Rockot.
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When #disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable.

Every six months, a different member takes the role of Primus Inter Pares – or Charter lead. Last week, ESA took over this role for the sixth time, and is responsible for ensuring that the Charter’s policies and rules are respected.
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