Northwest England

Sep. 22nd, 2017 10:05 am
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Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 image over part of northwest England, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme
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This week will see the second ESA bedrest study investigating a mix of antioxidants and vitamins that could help astronauts to combat the side effects of living in space.

Ten volunteers will lie in beds with the head end tilted down 6º for 60 days, keeping at least one shoulder on their bed at all times. Intense bedrest such as this is no fun: muscles and bones waste away, and the tilted beds makes blood and fluids move to the head – similar to the changes astronauts endure in space.

As all animals on Earth, humans have evolved to live in gravity so finding ways to stay healthy in weightlessness is important for further exploration of our Solar System. To test new exercise regimes, diets and understand what happens to astronauts, ESA conducts regular bedrest studies that simulate the effects of weightlessness on the human body.

Thar be rovers

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:35 pm
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Operations image of the week: The webcam on Mars Express spots the craters where rovers have roved

Giant berg on the move

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:05 am
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Until a few days ago, the huge chunk of ice that broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf in July has remained close, buffeting back and forth against the shelf. A68 is now on the move and drifting out to sea
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In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage.  

Flat land

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:40 pm
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Technology image of the week: Proba-V captures the world’s largest salt plain, so flat that it is used to check satellite instruments

Solar antics

Sep. 19th, 2017 11:51 am
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The Sun’s recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power.

Earth from Space

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:00 pm
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Pepijn Veefkind from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute joins the Earth from Space video programme to discuss Sentinel-5P’s Tropomi instrument

500 new European companies from space

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:46 pm
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Thousands of new jobs and boosted local economies are the direct results from ESA’s investment in young companies through its business incubators, which have now fostered more than 500 start-ups that adapt space technology and satellite services for use on Earth.

Travel app wins top prize at App Camp

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:18 pm
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An app that uses satellite imagery to give flight travellers an interactive, bird’s-eye view of their routes took the top prize at this year’s Space App Camp at ESA’s centre in Frascati, Italy.

Join us for #Sentinel5P launch

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:35 pm
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Are you passionate about our planet and interested in how satellites help to improve everyday lives and do you share your passion via social media? Then ESA’s next SocialSpace event is for you.

Herschel moments

Sep. 18th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Space Science Image of the Week: Share your favourite memory of the Herschel space observatory as we celebrate the legacy of this extraordinary mission
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TV Stars Have a Secret Wardrobe Weapon:

It’s not just lots of money, a personal trainer, and great genes.

Have you ever watched a popular television show, like Madame Secretary or Blindspot,and thought, Wow, that dress Archie Panjabi is wearing is amazing! I’m going to find out what brand it is and buy one for myself? And then you track down what brand the dress is by scouring Twitter or some fan site and order one, but when it arrives it hardly looks like the same dress and doesn’t fit you at all?

Well, there’s a good reason for that.

Every single article of clothing an actor wears in a television show (yes, even Law and Order) has been altered specifically for them. For something like 25 years, I’ve worked as a TV and film tailor and patternmaker. Trust me, nothing is ever off the rack.

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Parting views

Sep. 15th, 2017 03:10 pm
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Cassini’s last look around Saturn’s neighbourhood before concluding its 13-year journey of discovery

App Camp wrap-up

Sep. 15th, 2017 03:10 pm
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Follow the presentation of projects from this year’s Space App Camp via live webstream at 08:30–13:00 CEST on 18 September
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