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Exoplanets, plasma physics and the X-ray Universe are the topics chosen by ESA to be considered for the fourth medium-class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme, for launch in 2025.
Published: 4 June 2015
Do you want to send your art into space on the new CHEOPS satellite? ESA and its mission partners are inviting children to submit drawings that will be miniaturised and engraved on two plaques that will be put on the satellite.
Published: 6 May 2015
The launch of Solar Orbiter, an ESA mission to explore the Sun in unprecedented detail, is now planned to take place in October 2018. The launch was previously targeted for July 2017.
Published: 13 April 2015
Through this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) ESA solicits the participation of the scientific community in the role of Interdisciplinary Scientists (IDSs) in the JUICE mission. Proposals are due by 15 April 2015 at 12:00 CEST (noon) and shall be preceded by a mandatory Letter of Intent due by 20 March 2015.
Published: 2 March 2015
Proposals are solicited for a scientific mission to be jointly implemented by the ESA Science Programme and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The proposal submission deadline is 16 March 2015, 12:00 (noon) CET/19:00 Beijing Time.
Published: 19 January 2015
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration (ESA-SRE) and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) intend to issue in January 2015 a Call for Missions for the selection of a scientific mission to be jointly implemented by the ESA Science Programme and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS.
Published: 28 November 2014
The European Space Agency's JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) mission has been given the green light to proceed to the next stage of development. This approval is a milestone for the mission, which aims to launch in 2022 to explore Jupiter and its potentially habitable icy moons.
Published: 27 November 2014
The "PLATO 2.0 Science Conference" will be held in Taormina, Italy, on 3-5 December, 2014. It will bring together experts already involved or willing to collaborate to the preparation of the mission to share ideas and to highlight the potential contribution of PLATO 2.0 to (exo-)planetology in the next decades.
Published: 26 September 2014
The Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is a small mission in the ESA Science Programme. Proposals are solicited for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team. Scientists from institutions located in ESA Member States are invited to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 22 October 2014 (12:00 noon CEST).
Published: 19 September 2014
Through this Call for Missions the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration solicits from the broad scientific community proposals for the competitive selection of mission concepts to be candidate for the implementation of a medium-size mission (M4) for launch in 2025. Proposal submission deadline: 15 January 2015, 12:00 (noon) CET.
Published: 19 August 2014
ESA’s first small Science Programme mission is ready for construction. The implementation phase has started, meaning that the spacecraft has gone from selection to implementation in less than 18 months.
Published: 11 July 2014
ESA has selected the Athena advanced telescope for high-energy astrophysics as its second 'Large-class' science mission.
Published: 27 June 2014
A space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars has been selected today as ESA's third medium-class science mission. It is planned for launch by 2024.
Published: 19 February 2014
Decision time is nearing for the scientific community as the deadline for selection of ESA's third medium class scientific mission approaches.
Published: 24 January 2014
Through this Call for Missions, the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration solicits proposals from the broad scientific community for the competitive selection of mission concepts to be candidates for the implementation of the second large mission (L2) of the Cosmic Vision Plan, for a planned launch in 2028.
Published: 20 January 2014
Multilateral agreements for Euclid and Gaia have been signed at the Science Programme Committee meeting, held on 28 November 2013 at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.
Published: 29 November 2013
The hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of ESA's next two large science missions, it was announced today.
Published: 28 November 2013
The construction of ESA's Euclid space mission to explore the 'dark Universe' will be led by Italy's Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, beginning the full industrial phase of the project.
Published: 8 July 2013
The module carrying the telescope and scientific instruments of ESA's Euclid 'dark Universe' mission is now being developed by Astrium in Toulouse, France.
Published: 11 June 2013
The "PLATO 2.0 Science Workshop" will be held at ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, on 29-31 July, 2013. The workshop is open to the interested community and will examine the impact that PLATO will make on all areas of exoplanet, stellar, and legacy science areas.
Published: 19 April 2013
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