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Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station
NASA Image Of The Day
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted itto social media on Sept. 28, 2014, writing, "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange." Aboard the space station, the six-person Expedition 41 crew is currently preparing for two spacewalks set for Oct. 7 and 15. During the first six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, slated to begin on Oct. 7 around 8:10 a.m. EDT, Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst will transfer a previously uninstalled pump module from its temporary stowage location to the External Stowage Platform-2. The two spacewalkers also will install the Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly that adds the capability to provide ?keep-alive? power to the system that moves the station?s robotic arm between worksites. NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore will join Wiseman for the second Expedition 41 spacewalk on Oct. 15. Image Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman...
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  • IXV's small step

    Technology image of the week: Drop-test model of ESA’s IXV spaceplane on the move for Open Day

  • 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.



  • Spaceplane on show

    Technology image of the week: Previously splashed down into the Mediterranean, this drop-test model of ESA's IXV spaceplane will be on show at October's ESTEC Open Day

  • 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. 



  • ATV set loose

    Watch from close by as ATV-5 separates from the Ariane 5 rocket that took it into orbit

  • Full ATV-5 launch replay

    Watch the full launch and lead-up to the Ariane 5 launch with ESA's last Automated Transfer Vehicle

  • Replay ATV-5 liftoff

    Watch the launch of ESA's last Automated Transfer Vehicle – now enroute to the International Space Station

  • 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. 



  • Unboxing a spaceplane

    Technology image of the week: The moment when ESA’s IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is removed from its protective container

  • 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.



  • ATV's last journey

    Astonishing images from the ATV-5 launch

  • Rehearsing IXV recovery

    See the day in pictures as the team practise the recovery of IXV off the coast of Tuscany, Italy

  • Bringing back our spaceplane

    Yesterday, the ship and crew aiming to recover Europe’s unmanned IXV spacecraft in November had a practice run off the coast of Tuscany, Italy.



  • Tracking Europe’s family of launchers from Gabon

    As Europe lofts more rockets, ESA’s network of tracking stations used to follow their progress has never been more important. 



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