A taste of astronomy at ESA

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To explore some of the biggest questions in astronomy, ESA operates a fleet of space science missions that are exploring our Solar System and observing the Universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.

In this video, Günther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science, reflects on current challenges in space science, from planets and life to the fundamental workings of the Universe. Then, María Santos-Lleo, XMM-Newton Science Operations Manager, explains how ESA’s flagship X-ray observatory collects data from some of the most energetic sources in the cosmos. Finally, Bruno Merin, Head of the ESAC Science Data Centre, shows how data from ESA’s space science missions are stored and made available to the worldwide community.

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15 Comments

  1. In stargate:continuum, they briefly mention a fictional theory that states, the only way to generate a wormhole(that by which they are galactic travel) is to travel through a solar flare just generated by the sun. They dont wind up doin that because a gate is found eventually but sparked my interest knowing the parker solar probe had just done it’s thing. Which I believe was purely observational for a horizontal perspective of a solar flare.

  2. When I finish my training as a mechanic in 2 years I am planning on studying aeronautical engineering. Would you consider that a good background / requirement for a job at ESA later on? Looking forward to your response

  3. Ive seen on a few videos about the same topic etc….. data! How/can we get hold of some to help?….. I watched a vid about Gaia and a women said that some data is available to alow ppl to try and help solve it……. How? …. Can i self learn or do i have to have a qualification in that area

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