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ESA today concluded a two-day Council meeting at ministerial level in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ministers in charge for space matters from ESA's 22 member states plus Slovenia and Canada allocated €10.3 billion for space activities and programmes based on the vision of a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0.

How to Dock CubeSats

The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit.

ESA's Clean Space initiative is studying an active debris removal mission called e.Deorbit, which will target an ESA-owned derelict satellite in low orbit, capture it, then safely burn it up in a controlled atmospheric reentry.

ESA has teamed up with the British Antarctic Survey to study how humans survive conditions resembling a long duration spaceflight or staying on the Moon or Mars. Fortunately, there is somewhere on Earth where people are as isolated as astronauts - Antarctica.

Whenever someone says 'satellite' people often think of huge and heavy telecommunication satellites with massive solar panels. But with the cost and size of consumer electronics decreasing exponentially; the same is happening for certain satellite technologies.

Talking to Spacecraft From Down Under

ESA's 35 m-diameter dish antenna at New Norcia, Western Australia, glows with reflected laser light in this photo, taken by Dylan O'Donnell, a photographer based in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Tiny satellites the size of a small cube, jam-packed with the most advanced nanotechnologies: is this the future of Space missions?

In this special edition, ESA's Sentinel-3 Payload Manager Constantin Mavrocordatos and Spacecraft and Launch Campaign Manager Kristof Gantois join the show to tell us more about the Sentinel-3A satellite and its mission, at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France.

ESA Euronews: Maritime Security

The ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean shows how indispensable satellite technology has become to those involved in saving lives at sea.

ESA Euronews: It's Rocket Science

Years in the building, seconds in the launching; rocket engines are truly awesome in their sheer power, but are also amazing feats of engineering and design.

ESA performed the first-ever demonstration of space-to-ground remote control with force feedback and live video on 3 June 2015, as NASA astronaut Terry Virts orbiting Earth on the International Space Station shook hands with ESA telerobotics specialist André Schiele in the Netherlands.

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sent this greeting to participants at SpaceApps Challenge including in Rome, taking place over the weekend of 11 and 12 April. This is part of the International Space Apps Challenge initiated by NASA, with events in cities all over the world.

The Last ATV Reenters

ESA's fifth automated cargo ferry completed its mission to the International Space Station today when it reentered the atmosphere and burned up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean.

The IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, installed on its payload adapter, is being prepared for launch, at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 27 January 2015.

ESA's unmanned spaceplane, IXV, was lifted onto the payload adapter on 26 January 2015 at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

European Space Agency 2015 Preview

The European Space Agency has published a video of the expected highlights of 2015 for the agency. Highlights include earth observation, human spaceflight, satellite communications and navigation and more.

European Space Agency Highlights 2014

A look back at 2014 for Europe in space, a year that will be remembered as the 'Rosetta' year when, for the first time, we landed on a comet. 2014 has been a very busy year with many missions and achievements for ESA.

Earth From Space: Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru

This image features Peru's Quelccaya ice cap, the largest in the Tropics. Resting high up in the Cordillera Oriental of the Peruvian Andes, the ice cap has been shrinking due to rising temperatures in the region, losing over 20% of its area since the 1970s.

IXV Drop-test Model Being Moved

This drop-test model of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane will be one of the star attractions of the Sunday, 5 October ESTEC Open Day.

ESA Celebrates 50 Years at ESOC

In the presence of media, invited dignitaries, former astronauts, ESA's Director General and colleagues past and present, the workforce at ESOC celebrated 50 years of European cooperation in space today.

Gaia is Ready for Science

Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges, ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its science mission.

ESA's IXV Spaceplane Is Ready To Fly

All eyes are on ESA's spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November.

The World Cup is underway and all around the planet we will be using space technology to watch the action live from Brazil.

Blue Dot Soyuz Prepared For Launch

The Soyuz launcher and spacecraft that will propel ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Roscosmos commander Maxim Suarev to the International Space Station on 28 May following liftoff at 20:56 GMT (21:56 pm CEST).

Latest Galileo Satellite Arrives

Europe's latest Galileo navigation satellite has arrived at the Agency's technical centre in the Netherlands for testing, as the previous two satellites are prepared for shipping to French Guiana for launch this summer.

Europe's 50 Year Space Odyssey

From ESA Euronews: In this edition of Space we look back at the past 50 years of space in Europe; five decades of discovery, drama and innovation that have had a profound impact on how we see ourselves and our planet.

The exploits of comet-hunting spacecraft Rosetta are generating intense interest as it speeds towards a dramatic climax this autumn.

ESA Director General Meets the Media

European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain met with media at the traditional start-of-year briefing on the activities and challenges for 2014.

ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space.

GOCE Reenters Earth's Atmosphere

Close to 01:00 CET on Monday 11 November, ESA's GOCE satellite reentered Earth's atmosphere on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica.

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.

This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes continuation of the twenty-fourth eclipse season and the fifteenth Earth occultation season, implementation of the automation of spacecraft passes at the Mission Operations Centre, thermal fuel gauging tests, and handling of a spacecraft event time anomaly.

ESA's completion of a pair of dedicated ground stations at opposite ends of Europe has enabled Galileo satellites in orbit to participate in global testing of the Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue system.

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano greets visitors to ESA's technical heart, ESTEC, on its open day 6 October 2013. From the International Space Station 400 km above us, Luca introduces ESA's largest site where most of its satellites and missions are developed.

The public is encouraged to visit the European Space Agency's (ESA) largest facility, ESTEC in Noordwijk, this Sunday, October, as part of World Space Week.

ESA is accepting proposals for scientific research using two of its human spaceflight 'analogue' platforms: bedrest studies and the Concordia station in Antarctica. Such experiments increase our knowledge of human risks in spaceflight today, and especially help to prepare for future long-duration exploration missions.

Apollo 11 Under the Sea

ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and ESA astronaut instructor Hervé Stevenin slipped into the roles of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin last week for an underwater simulation of the historic mission to the Moon.

ESA Bulletin 155 Magazine Now Available

A new edition of the European Space Agency's quarterly magazine 'bulletin' is now available.

We all have skeletons beneath our skin, so subtracting that skin is a good way to understand how the human body reacts to a ride on a fast-spinning centrifuge, experiencing 'hypergravity' in the process.

An advanced laser system offering vastly faster data speeds is now ready for linking with spacecraft beyond our planet following a series of crucial ground tests. Later this year, ESA's observatory in Spain will use the laser to communicate with a NASA Moon orbiter.

Earth from Space: Northern Greece

The northwestern part of Greece is pictured in this image acquired on 28 April by the Landsat-8 satellite.

ESA's experimental reentry vehicle passed its milestone descent and landing test on Wednesday at the Poligono Interforze Salto di Quirra off the east coast of Sardinia in Italy.

A pair of executive conference rooms at ESA's Paris headquarters - normally the scene of sober executive planning - were taken over by 120 passionate space enthusiasts keen to share their visions of the future at the European SpaceUP 'unconference'.

Bright arcs are smeared around the heart of galaxy cluster Abell S1077 in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble space telescope. The arcs are stretched images of distant galaxies distorted by the cluster's enormous gravitational field.

In April, you are invited to join thousands of enthusiasts to invent and create applications to help space exploration and improve life on Earth at the International Space Apps Challenge.

ESA is offering software developers the opportunity to use its new testbed in space. The robust nanosat will allow individuals, companies and institutions to try out pioneering software without the danger of losing a mission.

ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Edoardo Amaldi, completed the final part of its highly successful six-month servicing mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up as planned over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific ocean.