The most striking photos of the European space conquest in 2022

The European Space Agency shares a gallery that looks back on the highlights of the year 2022.

2022 is coming to an end. A year marked by a few major space missions, but also and above all by the presentation of the photos taken by James Webb! NASA’s newest space telescope has never ceased to amaze us with its shots of the cosmos — near and far. The US space agency has had, without a doubt, an extraordinary year.

But on the other side of the Atlantic too, there were strong moments. This is what the European Space Agency (Esa) intends to show with its own photo retrospective. You will of course find some pictures relating to James Webb, as well as the news of certain missions – from the inaugural flight of Vega-C to BepiColombo, through the space stays of astronauts.

Here is a selection of the shots offered by Esa to close this year 2022. The rest of the adventures for the conquest of space will be in 2023.

The big photos of European space news in 2022

The flyby of Mercury by the Japanese-European probe BepiColombo. // Source: ESA/BepiColombo/MTM

Multidimensional analysis of the Milky Way, our galaxy. // Source: ESA/Gaia/DPAC

Vega-C successfully completed its maiden flight. // Source: ESA – Mr. Pedoussaut

For the 32nd anniversary of Hubble, galaxies that seem close to each other. // Source: NASA, ESA, and STScI

GMT202_20_08_Bob Hines_1166_RS EVA

Italian Samantha Cristoforetti has become the first European to take a spacewalk. She was also the first European to command the ISS. // Source: ESA/NASA

Esa is taking part in NASA’s Artemis adventure by providing the entire service module for the Orion vehicle. Waiting for the participation of our astronauts … // Source: NASA

Ariane 6, fully assembled. Its maiden flight is expected in 2023. // Source: ESA-Manuel Pedoussaut

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