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Coronal Loops Over a Sunspot Group
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The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes. When AIA images are sharpened a bit, such as this AIA 171 channel image, the magnetic field can be readily visualized through the bright, thin strands that ar...
22 May 2015

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ESA Launchers
ESA Launchers

  • ESA mourns loss of Director Antonio Fabrizi

    On Saturday 16 May, after a long illness, ESA Director of Launchers Antonio Fabrizi passed away in Rome at the age of 67.

  • Ariane 5’s first launch of 2015

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

  • ESA’s spaceplane back on dry land

    ESA’s recovered IXV spaceplane arrived at the Port of Livorno in Italy yesterday and is set to be taken to Turin for final analysis.

  • Reentry success

    Knowing how to return autonomously from space is crucial for a wide range of space applications

  • Smoother ride on future launchers

    Pressure oscillations when a solid rocket motor ignites could be reduced by a new propellant formula and structure.

  • ESA’s spaceplane is coming home

    ESA’s IXV spaceplane, launched on a Vega rocket on 11 February, is now on its way to Europe for detailed study in Italy.

  • ESA experimental spaceplane completes research flight

    An experimental vehicle to develop an autonomous European reentry capability for future reusable space transportation has completed its mission. ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle flew a flawless reentry and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos islands.

  • Vega takes the challenge

    Vega, Europe’s small launcher, will fly tomorrow on its second qualification flight to demonstrate its flexibility.

  • What’s new about Europe’s reentry mission?

    ESA’s experimental spaceplane, poised for liftoff on Vega, is set to showcase the latest technologies and critical systems to extend Europe’s capability for space exploration.

  • IXV: 100 minutes of critical teamwork

    During its brief but crucial mission, experts on three continents and the high seas will work in close cooperation for ESA’s IXV spaceplane mission, monitoring its free flight in space, spectacular reentry and safe splashdown in the Pacific.

  • Vega ready to launch spaceplane

    On its first launch of the year, Europe’s Vega rocket will loft ESA’s unmanned spaceplane to test reentry technologies for future vehicles.

  • Thirty-five years of Ariane: how Ariane was born

    As a new and crucial chapter is being written in the extraordinary Ariane saga, the space community is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first Ariane flight, on 24 December 1979, which made the ambition of European access to space a reality.

  • 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

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