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Minerals of the world, unite! 👷‍♀️ •
Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upo
Minerals of the world, unite! 👷‍♀️ • Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it all tell you: there is more to it than meets the eye. Tool in hand, you analyse how light scatters through it. Seconds later you read the following description on the screen: "Jarosite is a potassium and iron bearing hydrated sulphate. It crystallises with acidic groundwater and rain, volcanic hydrothermal activity or from evaporating water. Attention – it may be related to signs of life." • Go to our @instagram Story to learn the end of this story. • 📸 @europeanspaceagency – R. Shone
21.10.2018 10:30:52
Hello from space! 🤳

The #BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) has returned
Hello from space! 🤳 The #BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) has returned its first image from space‼️ The view looks along one of the extended solar arrays, which was deployed earlier this morning and confirmed by telemetry. The structure in the bottom left corner is one of the sun sensors on the MTM, with the multi-layered insulation clearly visible. Go to our @instagram story to learn more. • 📸 @europeanspaceagency / BepiColombo / MTM – @creativecommons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
20.10.2018 22:21:04
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It's time for the #ESAquiz! 🛰⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Do you know the name of Europe's fi
It's time for the #ESAquiz! 🛰⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you know the name of Europe's first 3d printer for use in weightlessness?⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Write your answers in the comment section 👇 and stay tuned to our @instagram Story for the answer and a shout out!⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @europeanspaceagency – G. Porter, @creativecommons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
20.10.2018 16:17:35
While we recover from the successful launch of #BepiColombo, the @copernicus_eu
While we recover from the successful launch of #BepiColombo, the @copernicus_eu Sentinel-2A satellite takes us to Lake disappointment, @australia. • Did you know the first antenna capturing a signal coming from a space-borne BepiColombo was in our station in New Norcia⁉️ • 📸 contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by @europeanspaceagency, @creativecommons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
20.10.2018 09:57:27
All set for launch‼️⠀
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The Ariane 5 carrying BepiColombo is ready for its sched
All set for launch‼️⠀ ⠀ The Ariane 5 carrying BepiColombo is ready for its scheduled liftoff on 20 October at 1:45 GMT. Visit out @instagram Story to learn more about this epic mission before it sets off to Mercury. ⠀ 📸 @europeanspaceagency - S. Corvaja
19.10.2018 23:52:53
Next stop, Mercury‼️
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With this #FBF  enhanced-colour image taken by NASA's Me
Next stop, Mercury‼️ ⠀⠀ With this #FBF enhanced-colour image taken by NASA's Messenger, we are warming up for tonight's launch of #BepiColombo 🚀 Follow the link in our bio to tune in! ⠀⠀ 📸 @NASA / @johnshopkinsu Applied Physics Laboratory / @carnegiescience
19.10.2018 16:10:51
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All teams are ready for #BepiColombo‼️⠀
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Teams responsible for flying the bold
All teams are ready for #BepiColombo‼️⠀ ⠀ Teams responsible for flying the bold BepiColombo mission to Mercury completed yesterday the last major step in preparation for Saturday’s liftoff — the final pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal’ at our control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.⠀ ⠀ Follow the link in our bio to watch the launch live on 20 October 2018 at 1:45 GMT⠀ ⠀ 📸 @europeanspaceagency
18.10.2018 18:36:45
Fancy a trip around the Solar System⁉️ #Repost @youresa
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Happy Space Art Wedn
Fancy a trip around the Solar System⁉️ #Repost@youresa ・・・ Happy Space Art Wednesday!⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Since Wednesdays are the day of Mercury for ancient Romans and this week were are heading to Mercury with the launch of BepiColombo, @lunallena_astronomia is offering a trip around our Solar System starting from 🇨🇴 ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ¡Muchísimas gracias for the trip, Diana!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ______________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🎨 Every Wednesday we take a look at the most talented artists of our community and share their space-inspired works.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you like to express your love of space painting, designing, cooking, with music, videos... tag us on @instagram with #yourESA for a chance to be featured!
17.10.2018 16:24:47
What do you know about Mercury⁉️⠀⠀
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Mercury is the least explored planet of th
What do you know about Mercury⁉️⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Mercury is the least explored planet of the inner Solar System, and the target of #BepiColombo, the @europeanspaceagency / @jaxajp mission that is going to reveal the secrets of the smallest of the rocky planets.⠀⠀ ⠀ Go to our IGTV channel to watch a longer version of this video.⠀ ⠀⠀ 📹 @europeanspaceagency
16.10.2018 16:23:12
This is not your average bathroom selfie⁉️🤳 ⠀⠀⠀
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This is an unusual view of p
This is not your average bathroom selfie⁉️🤳 ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ This is an unusual view of part of the #BepiColombo spacecraft stack, taken by one of the selfie-cams fixed to the Mercury Transfer Module, MTM. The camera is looking up towards the solar array drive (top left) and the back side of the solar array closest to the ‘body’ of the spacecraft module. The image was taken in late September as part of launch preparations at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. ⠀⠀⠀ Go to our @instagram Story to learn more about this image and BepiColombo's selfie-cams.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @europeanspaceagency/ BepiColombo/MTM, @creativecommons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
15.10.2018 16:16:43
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Hubble Time! 🌌⠀⠀⠀
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This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveal
Hubble Time! 🌌⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a spiral galaxy named Messier 95 (also known as M95 or NGC 3351). Located about 35 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo (The Lion), this swirling spiral was discovered by astronomer Pierre Méchain in 1781, and catalogued by French astronomer Charles Messier just four days later. Messier 95 is a barred spiral galaxy. The galaxy has a bar cutting through its centre, surrounded by an inner ring currently forming new stars. Also our own Milky Way is a barred spiral. ⠀⠀⠀ Go to out @instagram Story to learn more.⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @europeanspaceagency/ @hubbleesa & @NASA, @creativecommons CC BY 4.0
14.10.2018 22:46:30
The BepiColombo has met its launcher‼️⠀
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Are you ready for the launch next week
The BepiColombo has met its launcher‼️⠀ ⠀ Are you ready for the launch next week⁉️ Visit the link in our bio and set a reminder to don't miss our live event! And stop by our @instagram Story to find some BepiColombo-inspired fashion. ⠀ 📸 @europeanspaceagency - B.Guillaume / @cnes_france / @arianespace / Optique video du CSG – JM Guillon
14.10.2018 16:48:24
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