European Space Agency

European Space Agency

Intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the exploration of space

The European Space Agency is an institution that offers funding for the development of space-based services, products, and projects. The organization was founded in Paris, Ile-de-France, France.

The European Space Agency holds the mission of developing Europe's space capabilities. The organization has teamed with international partners and companies to have humans return to the moon within the early 2020s. They plan to first launch lunar rovers, telerobotics, and hybrid surface power systems to prepare for drilling and human arrivals. They look to find and harvest lunar resources such as water ice between the lunar poles. If found, the water would significantly reduce the costs of living on the moon.

In addition to finding resources on the moon, the ESA is looking to build a radio telescope on the far side of the moon to gain access to images unhindered by radio emissions from Earth.

The ESA also has plans to launch a program to get to Mars, and has a group comprised of researchers from Belgium, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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A European dream team for Mars

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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Stuart Clark
October 15, 2020
the Guardian
Environmental tests exposed spacecraft to vibrations and noise it will face during ascent
Robin McKie Science editor
October 10, 2020
the Guardian
Ambitious series of joint missions aims to construct a crewed space station that will orbit the moon
Stuart Clark
September 17, 2020
the Guardian
Deal worth £118m covers design, manufacturing and testing of ESA's first planetary defence mission
September 16, 2020
DNA India
Study shows difficulty in finding evidence of life on Mars - NASA's Perseverance rover which launched on July 30, will land at Mars' Jezero Crater next February; the European Space Agency's Rosalind Franklin rover will launch in late 2022.
Leonard David
August 27, 2020
Scientific American
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Jonathan Amos
August 14, 2020
BBC News
A UK uncrewed ocean-going vessel provides a glimpse of the future of robotic maritime operations.
Jonathan Amos
July 29, 2020
BBC News
The European aerospace company will make a huge satellite to bring Mars rocks back to Earth.
July 2, 2020
WebWire
Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %), has recently been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) in coordination and with the agreement of the European Commission, for major Copernicus missions. Copernicus is the core satellite Earth observation program of the European Commission and the European Space Agency ESA. It provides Earth observation data for environmental protection, climate monitoring, natural disaster assessment and other social ta...
By Ian Randall For Mailonline
June 17, 2020
Mail Online
Europe's Fetch rover will travel across the surface of the Red Planet in 2028 collecting packaged rock samples left behind by the NASA Perseverance mission.
Vishal Tiwari
June 10, 2020
Republic World
Zomato shared the pictures of the crater from the red planet that were captured by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express a few years ago.
By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline
June 8, 2020
Mail Online
Known as the habitation and logistics outpost (HALO), it will be the size of a small flat and form part of the Lunar Gateway, a small space station that will orbit the Moon.
Eric Niiler
June 4, 2020
Wired
Passenger jets and cruise ships normally gather key weather data. But full docks and empty skies make it hard to predict the details of incoming storms.
By Ian Randall For Mailonline
June 1, 2020
Mail Online
Researchers used the so-called Very Large Telescope in Chile to study a special kind of star found in distant stellar cluster - and found that their brightness changes.
Jonathan Amos
May 26, 2020
BBC News
When astronauts go back to the Moon in 2024, they'll be using European hardware to get there.
May 22, 2020
Geekologie
In news that that shouldn't surprise anybody who knows pee is golden for a reason, some researchers believe that future moon settlers may use their own urine to help make concrete and build structures on our natural satellite. Some...
The Associated Press
May 8, 2020
CTVNews
The European Space Agency said Friday that human urine could one day become a useful ingredient in making concrete to build on the Moon.
April 29, 2020
WebWire
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced today the signature of a contract with AVIO S.p.A., industrial prime contractor of VEGA launch vehicle, in the frame of LEAP1 program of the European Space Agency (ESA), concerning the initial phases of design, development and qualification of a TDRS (Tracking and Data Relay Satellite) transmitter, targeting an improvement of VEGA telemetry system both in terms of cost and performance. The present t...
By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
April 23, 2020
Mail Online
Data from the European Space Agency Sentinel-2 satellites was used to detect patches of floating macroplastics larger than five millimetres (0.2 inches) in marine environments.
Lee Billings
April 15, 2020
Scientific American
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
April 9, 2020
The TeCake
A report suggested that the world's largest aerospace company Boeing confirmed that it is going to attempt another test flight to the International Space
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