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Holiday Lights on the Sun: Imagery of a Solar Flare
NASA Image Of The Day
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:28 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2014. NASA?sSolar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of theevent. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot passthrough Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- whenintense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS andcommunications signals travel. This flare is classified as an X1.8-class flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares, whilethe number provides more information about its strength. An X2 is twice as intense as an X1,an X3 is three times as intense, etc. Image Credit: NASA/SDO...
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  • Sixth launch for Ariane 5 this year

    An Ariane 5 has lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits.



  • Ariane 6 unveiled

    Animation of Ariane 6 shows a modular three-stage launcher offering two configurations using: four boosters or two boosters

  • Ministerial Council

    ESA Council meeting at Ministerial Level, Luxembourg, 2 December

  • Access to space

    Video on the importance for Europe to have independent access to space and maintain its leadership in the world's commercial satellite launch market

  • Media backgrounder for ESA Council at Ministerial Level

    PR N° 43–2014 - The next Council at Ministerial Level (C/M 14) for the European Space Agency (ESA) takes place in Luxembourg on 2 December. The main topics for decision are reflected in three Resolutions: the Resolution on Europe’s access to space, which recognises the strategic and socio-economic value for Europe to maintain an independent, reliable and affordable access to space for institutional and commercial European customers and underlines the new governance principles related to the exploitation of Europe’s next launcher, Ariane 6, and of the evolution of Vega, Vega-C; the Resolution on Europe’s space exploration strategy, addressing ESA’s three destinations (low-Earth orbit (LEO), Moon and Mars) and, for the LEO destination, in particular the International Space Station (ISS) Programme; and, finally, the Resolution on ESA evolution.



  • Vega launch of ESA spaceplane postponed

    The Vega launch of ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, due on 18 November from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, has been postponed to allow for additional analyses of the Vega flight trajectory.



  • Fifth launch for Ariane 5 this year

    An Ariane 5 has lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-30/DLA-1 and Arsat-1, into their planned orbits.



  • Launching IXV

    Follow preparations for the forthcoming launch of ESA's unmanned experimental reentry vehicle, IXV, from our dedicated website

  • Setting sail for ESA spaceplane recovery

    The boat that will lift ESA’s unmanned IXV spaceplane out of the Pacific Ocean after the research flight next month set sail on Saturday from Genoa in Italy. 



  • ESA spaceplane on its way

    The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is ready to fly and left the Netherlands today for the launch site in French Guiana.



  • Ariane 5’s fourth launch of 2014

    An Ariane 5 ECA has lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and placed two telecommunications satellites, Measat-3b and Optus-10, into their planned orbits.



  • Galileo has started its operational deployment phase

    The next pair of Galileo satellites, Galileo 5 and 6, has been successfully delivered into orbit today. This launch marks the start of a new phase in the European satellite navigation programme where the full constellation will be deployed with short intervals between launches. 



  • Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station

    The fifth and final mission of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle got off to a flying start today with its launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, heading for the International Space Station.



  • ESA’s spaceplane set for flight

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



  • Experimental spaceplane unboxed for final tests

    The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle arrived in the Netherlands last night to undergo final tests at ESA’s main technical centre ahead of its November launch.



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