Intergovernmental space exploration agency with 23 member states, established on May 30, 1975. The organization's 2015 budget topped 4.4 billion euros.
Headquartered in Paris, France, its primary spaceport is the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana. Although reliant on Russian or US propulsion, the ESA maintains an astronaut corps from various member countries, regularly dispatching them to the International Space Station. Among their number was German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who stayed on the ISS for six months in 2014. This page collates DW's latest content related to ESA.
50 years after the last moon landing, astronauts are due to head there again. In NASA's new ORION space ship. The European Space Agency is involved too - producing the service module, ESM. It will house everything necessary for the mission - engines, fuel, gas, water and oxygen for the astronauts. It's due to be delivered in 2018.
Don’t believe in Unicorns? Well there could soon be thousands of them in space. A young Scottish entrepreneur who built a mini satellite in his bedroom is now working with the European Space Agency to send his device – the Unicorn 1 – into orbit.
From the snowy landscapes of Central Siberia to the depths of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel satellite brings us breathtaking pictures of Earth from space. Be mesmerized.