Illustration Photo: Space Exploration Masters winners. From space-friendly crops to high-tech propulsion systems, the Space Exploration Masters competition awarded disruptive ideas with prizes worth more than €500 000. Europe’s first and only space exploration competition welcomed new players to boost business and innovation beyond Earth’s orbit. The prizes were handed over at NewSpace Europe, an event focused on space industry and the economic opportunity of space held on 16 November 2017 in Luxembourg. Copyright Dominique Gaul / ESA
Illustration Photo: SŽDC Balabenka Train Traffic Control Centre in Prague. (credits: IRITS Events Ltd. Photo: Richard Hadley / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))
Illustration Photo: First qbee satellite from Open Cosmos, the qb01 currently in orbit. Open Cosmos is a start-up from ESA Business incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Harwell providing a one-stop-shop to put a nanosatellite in orbit. Copyright Open Cosmos
Illustration Photo: Rising above the pad's fixed service tower, a Delta IV rocket soars into the sky with the GOES-O satellite aboard. Image Credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller
Illustration Photo: Cold storage facilities for potatoes in Bamyan (Afghanistan) has provided extra income for farmers allowing them to purchase solar power panels to bring light and connectivity into their homes. (credits: Asian Development Bank / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Photo: To study the optimal dosing of minerals for growing tomato and pepper plants, Dutch Groen Agro Control built an enclosed system in which the plants received doses of 16 different minerals. The doses of each mineral were extremely carefully controlled, so that as little as possible ends up unused in the drain water. (Copyright Groen Agro Control)
Illustration Photo: Sentinel-2 takes us over the US capital city of Washington DC, nestled between the states of Maryland and Virginia.
Washington is a city inside the District of Columbia – ‘DC’ – which is not a part of any state. The District is home to the centres of all three branches of the federal US government: legislative, executive and judicial.
Near the centre of the image, a straight green line cuts through the built-up area. This is the famous National Mall with the Capitol Building at its eastern end and the Lincoln Memorial at its west. The White House sits just north of the Mall.
Nearly 20% of the District’s area comprises parkland, such as Rock Creek Park appearing dark green in the upper-central part of the image. The parkland follows the flow of Rock Creek, a tributary to the larger Potomac River. Farther southeast, the Anacostia River also flows into the Potomac.
The large, green area in the upper right is part of the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland – a wildlife refuge spanning over 50 sq km dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat.
Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2015), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
Illustration Photo: Statoil's Oseberg offshore oil and gas field platform in the North Sea. Copyright Ø. Hagen/Statoil
Illustration Photo: Combining images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and the US Landsat-8 satellite between October 2015 and the end of 2016, this land-cover classification map shows different crops across Germany. A total of 2.2 TB of data were used to generate the map, which distinguishes between 21 land cover classes and includes 15 specific crop types. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel and Landsat data (2015–16), processed and analysed by Humboldt University Berlin/P. Griffiths (ESA Living Planet Research Fellow). Data preprocessing: NASA and Harmonized Landsat–Sentinel initiative
Illustration Photo: (Artist's concept of possible exploration programs.) Once on Mars, the crew connects the two habitats together and begin a variety of surface exploration and habitation activities. By using resources available at Mars and emphasizing the development of a robust set of surface systems, the crew's safety and the scientific and economic return of human missions to Mars are dramatically increased, while the cost of such missions decreases substantially. These images produced for NASA by John Frassanito and Associates. Technical concepts from NASA's Planetary Projects Office, Johnson Space Center (JSC). (credits: NASA Johnson / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))
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