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ESA  The European Space Agency - Europe’s gateway to space.


Remember the movie Contact? 📡⠀

This is Goonhilly Earth Station, a commercial tracking station in Cornwall, UK, that will be upgraded to provide Europe’s first deep-space services on a commercial basis.⠀

Follow the link in our bio to learn more.⠀

📸GES - Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd.


This video of the aurora borealis was captured by the Fast Auroral Imager, which is part of the e-POP instrument package carried on Canada’s Cassiope satellite. ⠀

Through our Third Party Mission programme and thanks to international collaboration, e-POP is now part of the Swarm mission, opening up a host of new scientific investigations into magnetosphere–ionosphere coupling.⠀

Follow the link in out bio to learn more⠀

📹 @myucalgary

BOOM Shakalaka! 💥⠀

What looks like a mushroom cloud turned sideways is actually the instant an 2.8 mm-diameter aluminium bullet moving at 7 km/s pierces a spacecraft shield, captured by a high-speed camera.⠀

Go to our @instagram Story to see a video.⠀

📸 Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics

Did you know we are also in Antarctica? 🇦🇶⠀

The Franco-Italian Antarctic research base of Concordia sits 1670 km from the South Pole. On the plateau some 3200 m high, the air is so thin that inhabitants live in a permanent state of hypoxia – lack of oxygen. The closest humans are 600 km away at Russia’s Vostok base. Average temperatures range from –30°C in the summer months to –60°C in the winter.⠀

Follow the link in out bio to learn more⠀

📸 @europeanspaceagency/IPEV/PNRA–C. Dangoisse

While @PyeongChang2018 Winter @olympics is in full swing in and many winter sport fanatics head to snow-clad mountains to get their thrills on the slopes this ski-season, this dramatic mountain scene is somewhat off-piste – in Saturn’s rings to be precise. ⛷⠀

Go to our @instagram Story to ski with Cassini.⠀

📸 @NASA/@nasajpl/Space Science Institute

Hubble Time! ⏪⠀

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy cluster PLCK G004.5-19.5.⠀
The large galaxy at the centre is the brightest galaxy in the cluster and the dominant object in this image, and above it a thin, curved gravitational lens arc is visible. This is caused by the gravitational forces of the cluster bending the light from stars and galaxies behind it, in a similar way to how a glass lens bends light.⠀

Go to out @instagram Story to learn more.⠀

📸@europeanspaceagency/Hubble & @NASA, RELICS, @creativecommons CC BY 4.0⠀
Acknowledgement: D. Coe et al.

Isn't Saturn beautiful? 😍⠀

The rings swirling around Saturn consists of chunks of ice and dust. Saturn itself is made of ammonia ice and methane gas. The little dark spot on Saturn is the shadow from Saturn's moon Enceladus.⠀

📸Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/@NASA/@europeanspaceagency)

Enjoying @PyeongChang2018 @olympics?🎿⠀

Let's go to South Korea with out minisatellite Proba-V, and take a look at Pyeong Chang county and its surroundings.⠀

Follow the link in our bio to learn more.⠀

📸@europeanspaceagency/Belspo – produced by VITO

How's the aurora season going?⠀
Getting many images of the dancing colourful lights?⠀
@thom_astro had an advantageous point of view when he took this shot aboard the @iss, but if you are down on Earth and have a cool pic or video of the auroras, you should join our Instagram community, @yourESA, and tag your captures with #yourESA.⠀

And since it's the weekend and we love to dance, follow the link in our bio to start dancing to Thomas' @spotify playlist!⠀

📸@europeanspaceagency / @NASA

It's time for the #ESAquiz! 🚀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you know the name of the spacecraft that's going to wear this beautiful stage adaptor?⠀⠀⠀⠀
Write your answers in the comment section 👇 and stay tuned to our @instagram Story for the answer and a shout out!⠀⠀⠀⠀

新年快乐! 🏮🐕

Happy New Year from Beijing to everyone celebrating the beginning of a new Lunar Year!

#Repost @esa_earth
Millions of people are welcoming the Chinese New Year there on the ground & Sentinel-2 wanted to join the celebration... so here's its beautifully detailed view of Beijing!

#FBF to when the Sun was displaying a turbulent surface. ☀️⠀

Did you know our Swarm mission has revealed in more detail the nature of the relationship between our planet and the Sun?⠀
Follow the link in our bio to learn more.

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