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.
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.
For a few years in the 1960s and 70s the moon was "our future." Then it fell from favor. More recently we've dreamt of life on Mars. But looking back at the Lunar Orbiter missions, it may be time to return to the moon.
In 60 years of space exploration, we've placed almost 7,000 satellites in orbit. Less than a third still function. The rest is dangerous junk - and their number is growing. Here's how we might mitigate the threat.