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UK Space Agency

Herschel image of filaments of gas and dust near the Cocoon Nebula in the constellation of Cygnus the Swan. Credit: ESA / Herschel / SPIRE / PACS / Gould Belt Survey

The UK Space Agency is set to invest £1.2 billion in some of Europe’s biggest and most lucrative space projects, providing the UK with increased leadership in a rapidly growing global sector and building on the UK space industry’s £9.1 billion contribution to the economy.

Artist's impression of the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites in their orbits. Credit: ESA - P. Carril.

The UK Space Agency is hosting the biggest EU space event this year.

The two Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites are protected during their launch by Soyuz by a launch fairing. Once the Soyuz has passed most of the way through the atmosphere, this fairing can then be ejected. Credit: ESA - P. Carril.

Europe's second pair of fully operational Galileo satellites was successfully launched today (12 October 2012) from the European spaceport in French Guiana, South America.

Carina Nebula. Credit: ESA/Herschel/SPIRE/PACS/Thomas Preisbisch

Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower centre) and Abell 401 (top left). Credit: Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect: ESA Planck Collaboration; optical image: STScI Digitized Sky Survey.

Planck spots bridge of hot gas between galaxy clusters

Europe’s Planck space telescope has made the first conclusive detection of a bridge of hot gas connecting a pair of galaxy clusters across 10 million light-years of intergalactic space.

Planck’s primary task is to capture the most ancient light of the cosmos, the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB.

Earth's geoid. Credit: ESA/HPF/DLR.

GOCE takes a closer look at Earth’s gravity

ESA’s GOCE gravity satellite has already delivered the most accurate gravity map of Earth, but its orbit is now being lowered to obtain even better results.

The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) has been orbiting Earth since March 2009, reaching its ambitious objective to map our planet’s gravity with unrivalled precision.

Series of images tracking the development of Saturn’s giant storm, as seen at visible wavelengths during much of 2011. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

After-effects of Saturn’s super storm shine on

The heat-seeking capabilities of the international Cassini spacecraft and two ground-based telescopes have provided the first look at the aftermath of Saturn’s ‘Great Springtime Storm’.

Concealed from the naked eye, a giant oval vortex is persisting long after the visible effects of the storm subsided.

Supernova remnant W44 is the focus of this new image created by combining data from ESA’s Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories. Credit: Herschel: Q. Nguyen Luong & F. Motte, HOBYS Key Program consortium, Herschel SPIRE/PACS/ESA consortia. XMM-Newton: ESA/XMM-Newton.

Life and death in a star-forming cloud

The aftershock of a stellar explosion rippling through space is captured in this new view of supernova remnant W44, which combines far-infrared and X-ray data from Europe’s Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories.

W44, located around 10 000 light-years away within a forest of dense star-forming clouds in the constellation of Aquila, the Eagle, is one of the best examples of a supernova remnant interacting with its parent molecular cloud.


The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.  The UK's thriving space sector contributes £9.1 billion a year to the UK economy and directly employs 28.900 with an average growth rate of almost 7.5%. The Agency provides funding for a range of programmes via programmes such as the National Space Technology Programme and FP7 and works closely with national and international academic, education and community partners.

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European Space Education Resource Office

The European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) uses space to enhance and support STEM teaching and learning in the UK.

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