Fluorescent Explorer FLEX
e.deorbit ESA
NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor is helped out of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft just minutes after she, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev landed Dec. 20 in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)
Sodern Star Tracker
PLD Space Miura 5
Spire CEO Peter Platzer, second from left, and Planet CEO Will Marshall, third from left, spoke Nov. 12 at  ESA's PhiWeek in Frascati, Italy. Credit: ESA video still
Space Rider aims to provide Europe with an affordable, independent, reusable end-to-end integrated space transportation system for routine access and return from low orbit. It will be used to transport payloads for an array of applications, orbit altitudes and inclinations. Credit: ESA
Josef Aschbacher, ESA’s director for Earth observation programs
Soyuz VS07, used to launch Europe's Sentinel-1 satellite in 2014 from the European Spaceport in French Guiana. Credit: Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja.
ESA’s ministers in charge of space activities convened at an Intermediate Ministerial Meeting at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in  Madrid, Spain, Oct. 25.  The Intermediate Ministerial Meeting is a milestone on the road to Space19+, ESA’s next Council at ministerial level which will be held in Seville, Spain, in November 2019.  Credit: ESA
Thales Meteosat ESA
BepiColombo Ariane 5 launch
The impact of an Oct. 11 crewed Soyuz rocket anomaly on Europeanized Soyuz rockets operated by Arianespace is still unclear. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Galileo, Europe’s constellation of positioning, navigation and timing satellites, currently consists of 22 spacecraft with four more launching this year. Credit: ESA
OCO-2
Enders IAC

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