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Earth from Space: Houston, Texas

Earth from Space: Houston, Texas

Hello and welcome back to Earth from Space. Today, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over Houston, Texas. The two identical Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites carry radar instruments to image Earth’s surface. The colours of this week’s image come from the… Continue Reading

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Earth from space: Bolivian highland heart

Earth from space: Bolivian highland heart

Hi I’m Mariangela D’Acunto and welcome back to Earth from Space. For Valentine’s Day, Copernicus Sentinel-2 brings you a beautiful heart-shaped geographical formation in the southern highlands of Bolivia. The highlands are part of the Altiplano, meaning High Plateau, a… Continue Reading

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Solar Orbiter operations simulations

Solar Orbiter operations simulations

When ESA’s Solar Orbiter launches from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas 5 rocket, its mission team will be more than ready they will be ready for anything. At the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, crucial parts of the… Continue Reading

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ESA’s missions to the Sun

ESA’s missions to the Sun

The Sun: A four and a half billion-year-old nuclear fusion reactor at the heart of our Solar System. This glowing ball of plasma with a core temperature of 15 million degrees Celsius is a yellow dwarf star in cosmic terms… Continue Reading

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Solar Orbiter – the Sun close-up

Solar Orbiter – the Sun close-up

After some 20 years of development six years of construction and more than a year of testing Solar Orbiter is being readied for launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an Atlas 5. Built by Airbus in the UK, engineers have… Continue Reading

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Mission X: how to stay fit and healthy in space with Luca Parmitano

Mission X: how to stay fit and healthy in space with Luca Parmitano

Hello everyone! I’m ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and I’m sending you this message straight from the International Space Station. We all need to do exercise and eat the right foods to stay fit, healthy, and strong, training like an astronaut… Continue Reading

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Earth from Space: Japanese archipelago

Earth from Space: Japanese archipelago

Hi I’m Mariangela D’Acunto and welcome to this edition of Earth from Space. This week, Copernicus Sentinel-3 takes us over the Japanese archipelago. While the archipelago is made up of over 6000 islands, this image focuses on Japan’s four main… Continue Reading

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Earth from Space: Faroe Islands

Earth from Space: Faroe Islands

Hi I’m Romina Persi and welcome back to Earth from Space. And happy new year! Today, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Faroe Islands. Located halfway between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands… Continue Reading

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OPS-SAT: the flying laboratory

OPS-SAT: the flying laboratory

Sometimes the greatest things come in the smallest of packages. This is certainly true for ESA’s new OPS-SAT, a small CubeSat, which will be launched together with CHEOPS in December 2019. This little satellite is only 30cm high but contains… Continue Reading