“Involving everyone is something that I believe is really crucial for the future of space.”
— Jan Woerner, European Space Agency director general.
Credit: ESA
The first wind data from ESA’s Aeolus satellite released Sept. 12 shows three quarters of one orbit. The image shows large-scale easterly and westerly winds between Earth’s surface and the lower stratosphere, including jet streams. As the satellite orbits from the Arctic towards the Antarctic, it senses, for example, strong westerly wind streams at mid latitudes (shown in blue). Closer to Antarctic, Aeolus senses strong westerly winds circling the Antarctic continent in the troposphere and stratosphere (shown in blue left of Antarctica and in red right of Antarctica.) Credit: ESA
The French space agency CNES is funding construction of the Ariane 6 launch pad at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Credit: ESA
OHB System will build the PLATO spacecraft and its instruments at OHB Optics & Science Space Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Credit: OHB System
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The European Space Agency’s Gaia astrometry observatory undergoes pre-launch preparation at Europe’s South American spaceport in 2013. (Credit: ESA)