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10 Apr 2014
The UK Space Agency and its Earth Observation Advisory Committee are hosting an Earth Observation Town Meeting at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire.
8 Apr 2014
Uluru/Ayers Rock in the Australian outback is featured in this image from the Kompsat-2 satellite. The rock formation is an Inselberg– German for ‘island mountain’ – a prominent geological structure that rises from the surrounding plain.
4 Apr 2014
The ability of European citizens, policymakers and service providers to access key environmental data on a routine basis will take a major step forward following the launch last night (03 April 2014) of the Sentinel-1A satellite.
3 Apr 2014
Some 60 scientists and engineers came together last month (26–28 March) for the first ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Workshop, held at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid. Their task was to begin the process of drawing up a shortlist of the most suitable landing locations for Europe’s first Mars rover.
3 Apr 2014
The UK Space Agency is supporting the Copernicus Masters competition and European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) with £25k of funding.
2 Apr 2014
The UK Space Agency has announced a reorganisation taking effect 01 April 2014 .This is in response to the Government's commitment to support industry deliver a UK space sector worth £40bn a year by 2030.
27 Mar 2014
The UK Space Agency seeks nominations for membership of its Space Environments Working Group (SEWG).
27 Mar 2014
Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has caught a first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on 20 January.
27 Mar 2014
Airbus Defence and Space opened a new state-of-the-art extended Mars Yard test area at its Stevenage site today. The facility was opened by Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable; Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, Dr David Parker; and Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency, Alvaro Giménez.
24 Mar 2014
A striking scene in and around Becquerel crater – the largest crater in this view – reveals both the power of wind and water in the turbulent history of Mars.
18 Mar 2014
The largest census of dust in local galaxies has been completed using data from Europe’s Herschel space observatory, providing a huge legacy to the scientific community.
17 Mar 2014
This image of the Monkey Head Nebular has been released to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
14 Mar 2014
Tim Peake needs help to name his inspirational six-month mission into space, the first visit by a British astronaut to the International Space Station.
10 Mar 2014
The Big Bang Fair, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK will be taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 13-16 March 2014.
7 Mar 2014
The UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Select Committee has this week (6 February 2014) published the Government’s response to its report on the work of the European and UK Space Agencies.
3 Mar 2014
Saturn's lonely moon Mimas is seen against the cool, blue-streaked backdrop of Saturn's northern hemisphere. Delicate shadows cast by the rings arc gracefully across the planet, fading into darkness on Saturn's night side.
21 Feb 2014
UK industry, led by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space, have been awarded roughly a third share of an €18 million European Space Agency (ESA) contract to develop Europe’s next generation satellite communications platform. The remainder of the €18 million contract will be distributed as the programme develops.
20 Feb 2014
The UK is set to play a leading role in the search for habitable planets orbiting alien stars, following David Willetts’s announcement today (11 March 2014) that the UK Space Agency will invest £25 million in ESA’s PLATO mission.
19 Feb 2014
Unlikely though it seems, agriculture and rave culture share an interest in fluorescence. Plants emit fluorescence through photosynthesis. Using satellites we could detect the fluorescence from vegetation on earth to measure plant efficiency and health.
12 Feb 2014
The in-orbit validation of Galileo has been achieved: Europe now has the operational nucleus of its own satellite navigation constellation in place – the world’s first civil-owned and operated satnav system.
12 Feb 2014
Satellite images taken by the UK’s disaster monitoring satellite, UK-DMC2, are assisting UK agencies in their response to the severe flooding caused by recent storms.
12 Feb 2014
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency are pleased to announce an open meeting to provide information and advice about the forthcoming International Life Sciences Research Announcement (ILSRA).
6 Feb 2014
Europe’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus.
3 Feb 2014
At first glance, this image looks nothing like the images that we are used to seeing from Hubble.
31 Jan 2014
New agreement will see more joint working, including £15 million investment identified for instruments for weather satellites and a UK contribution to a global survey of Earth’s fresh water.