President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visits ESA Headquarters

In the occasion of an official visit to France, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella honoured ESA with a visit to ESA Headquarters on Monday 30 March 2015.

The President and the Italian Undersecretary of State Mario Giro, accompanied by Roberto Battiston, President of the Italian Space Agency, were welcomed to ESA by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain together with ESA Director of Finance Controlling and Information Technology Giuseppe Morsillo and ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management Franco Ongaro.

Upon arrival, the President’s Delegation shook hands with Italian ESA staff. Following a meeting with ESA DG, the Delegation was invited in Room A where a 20-minute inflight call had been set up with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti onboard the ISS.

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President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visits ESA Headquarters

In the occasion of an official visit to France, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella honoured ESA with a visit to ESA Headquarters on Monday 30 March 2015.

The President and the Italian Undersecretary of State Mario Giro, accompanied by Roberto Battiston, President of the Italian Space Agency, were welcomed to ESA by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain together with ESA Director of Finance Controlling and Information Technology Giuseppe Morsillo and ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management Franco Ongaro.

Upon arrival, the President’s Delegation shook hands with Italian ESA staff. Following a meeting with ESA DG, the Delegation was invited in Room A where a 20-minute inflight call had been set up with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti onboard the ISS.

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President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visits ESA Headquarters

In the occasion of an official visit to France, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella honoured ESA with a visit to ESA Headquarters on Monday 30 March 2015.

The President and the Italian Undersecretary of State Mario Giro, accompanied by Roberto Battiston, President of the Italian Space Agency, were welcomed to ESA by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain together with ESA Director of Finance Controlling and Information Technology Giuseppe Morsillo and ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management Franco Ongaro.

Upon arrival, the President’s Delegation shook hands with Italian ESA staff. Following a meeting with ESA DG, the Delegation was invited in Room A where a 20-minute inflight call had been set up with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti onboard the ISS.

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President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visits ESA Headquarters

In the occasion of an official visit to France, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella (center) honoured ESA with a visit to ESA Headquarters on Monday 30 March 2015.

The President, the Italian Undersecretary of State Mario Giro and Roberto Battiston, President of the Italian Space Agency (right), were welcomed to ESA by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain (left) together with ESA Director of Finance Controlling and Information Technology Giuseppe Morsillo and ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management Franco Ongaro.

Upon arrival, the President’s Delegation shook hands with Italian ESA staff. Following a meeting with ESA DG, the Delegation was invited in Room A where a 20-minute inflight call had been set up with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti onboard the ISS.

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President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visits ESA Headquarters

In the occasion of an official visit to France, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella honoured ESA with a visit to ESA Headquarters on Monday 30 March 2015.

The President and the Italian Undersecretary of State Mario Giro were welcomed to ESA by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain together with ESA Director of Finance Controlling and Information Technology Giuseppe Morsillo and ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management Franco Ongaro.

Upon arrival, the President’s Delegation shook hands with Italian ESA staff. Following a meeting with ESA DG, the Delegation was invited in Room A where a 20-minute inflight call had been set up with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti onboard the ISS.

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President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visits ESA Headquarters

In the occasion of an official visit to France, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella honoured ESA with a visit to ESA Headquarters on Monday 30 March 2015.

The President and the Italian Undersecretary of State Mario Giro were welcomed to ESA by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain together with ESA Director of Finance Controlling and Information Technology Giuseppe Morsillo and ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management Franco Ongaro.

Upon arrival, the President’s Delegation shook hands with Italian ESA staff. Following a meeting with ESA DG, the Delegation was invited in Room A where a 20-minute inflight call had been set up with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti onboard the ISS.

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President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visits ESA Headquarters

In the occasion of an official visit to France, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella honoured ESA with a visit to ESA Headquarters on Monday 30 March 2015.

The President and the Italian Undersecretary of State Mario Giro were welcomed to ESA by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain together with ESA Director of Finance Controlling and Information Technology Giuseppe Morsillo and ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management Franco Ongaro.

Upon arrival, the President’s Delegation shook hands with Italian ESA staff. Following a meeting with ESA DG, the Delegation was invited in Room A where a 20-minute inflight call had been set up with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti onboard the ISS.

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President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visits ESA Headquarters

In the occasion of an official visit to France, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella honoured ESA with a visit to ESA Headquarters on Monday 30 March 2015.

The President and the Italian Undersecretary of State Mario Giro were welcomed to ESA by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain together with ESA Director of Finance Controlling and Information Technology Giuseppe Morsillo and ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management Franco Ongaro.

Upon arrival, the President’s Delegation shook hands with Italian ESA staff. Following a meeting with ESA DG, the Delegation was invited in Room A where a 20-minute inflight call had been set up with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti onboard the ISS.

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Comet on 22 March 2015 – NavCam

This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image was taken from a distance of 77.8 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 22 March 2015. The image has a resolution of 6.6 m/pixel and measures 6 x 6 km. The image is cropped, and processed to bring out the details of the comet's activity.

More information and the original image via the blog: CometWatch 22 March

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The tumultuous heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud

A scene of jagged fiery peaks, turbulent magma-like clouds and fiercely hot bursts of bright light. Although this may be reminiscent of a raging fire or the heart of a volcano, it actually shows a cold cosmic clump of gas, dust and stars.

The subject of this image, from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, is the irregularly shaped Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), one of the nearest galaxies to our own.

The dark, orange-tinted patches throughout the galaxy are plumes of murky dust. The hints of deep red and green mark areas of particularly cool dust, with white and blue tones highlighting hot regions of furious star formation. These pale pockets of gas are heated by the very stars they are creating, which push hot winds out into their surroundings.

To make this scene even more uninviting, the LMC is also home to a giant cosmic spider – the Tarantula Nebula. This hot cloud of gas and dust is easily visible as the brightest region in this image, located towards the lower left of the frame. This nebula is very well studied, for example by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which last year produced a stunning infrared mosaic showing the celestial creepy-crawly in great detail.

This is one of the reasons astronomers like to explore the LMC; it is close enough to us that we can pick out individual nebulas – including the Tarantula – and study how stars form, evolve and die in other galaxies. The LMC is populated by a mix of old and young stars, many of which are lined up along the galaxy’s central ‘bar’, which slants from the bottom left to the top right of this image.

ESA’s Herschel and NASA’s Spitzer are both space telescopes that explore the Universe in infrared light. The LMC looks quite different – and much more serene – in visible light, instead resembling a scattering of pale stars with occasional plumes of pink and purple.

The data making up this image are from Herschel’s Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) and Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), and Spitzer’s Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS).

This image was previously published by NASA/JPL.

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