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A Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace from Europe's spaceport in Kourou will boost ESA's upcoming exoplanet satellite, CHEOPS, into space.
Published: 6 April 2017
The CHEOPS Consortium is inviting proposals from scientists to join the CHEOPS Science Team as CHEOPS Science Team Associate members (CSTA). Closing date for proposals: 1 March 2017
Published: 26 January 2017
Thousands of children across Europe have taken part in a competition to submit drawings that will be miniaturised and sent into space onboard ESA's CHEOPS astronomy satellite.
Published: 31 March 2016
A handful of ESA-sponsored bursaries will be available to cover part of the expenses of European/ESA-member state PhD students attending the 4th CHEOPS Science workshop in Geneva this summer. These will be awarded on a competitive basis, with priority given to students presenting a poster or giving a talk. The deadline for applications for...
Published: 30 March 2016
The next great space observatory took a step closer this week when ESA signed the contract with Arianespace that will see the James Webb Space Telescope launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou in October 2018.
Published: 17 December 2015
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 mandatory Letters of Intent is 20 October (12:00 noon CEST); proposals are...
Published: 7 September 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 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
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
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
ESA has completed the Near-Infrared Spectrograph, one of two instruments it is contributing to the international James Webb Space Telescope, a space observatory set for launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2018.
Published: 6 September 2013
The first instrument to be completed for the James Webb Space Telescope, MIRI, was handed over by the European consortium that built it to ESA at a ceremony held in London today, and will now be delivered to NASA aiming for launch in 2018.
Published: 9 May 2012
CoRoT's detection of ten new exoplanets, including a system of two Neptune-like objects, reveal a diverse population of planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun.
Published: 14 June 2011
The Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI), a major instrument due to fly aboard the James Webb Space Telescope, is getting its first taste of space in the test facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in the United Kingdom.
Published: 30 September 2010
The PLATO Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals from a single consortium to cover all nationally-funded contributions to the mission, namely: a) The payload (scientific instruments); b) Elements of the Science Ground Segment (SGS); and c) Consortium-appointed membership in the PLATO Science Team (PST). The deadline for submission of proposals is 29 October 2010, 12:00 CET.
Published: 22 July 2010
The scientific community is invited to participate in the PLATO mission by responding to the present Announcement of Opportunity (AO), which solicits proposals for the appointment of two Independent Legacy Scientists (ILSs) in the PLATO Science Team (PST). The deadline for submission of proposals is 29 October 2010, 12:00 CET.
Published: 22 July 2010
The CoRoT team has detected six new exoplanets and one brown dwarf. The detection of one of the new exoplanets, a difficult type of target for these searches, marks a significant achievement for the CoRoT team.
Published: 14 June 2010
The Corot satellite strikes again with another fascinating planet discovery. This time, the newly discovered gas giant planet may have an interior that closely resembles those of Jupiter and Saturn in our own Solar System.
Published: 18 March 2010
Satellite operations for the CoRoT mission have been extended until 31 March 2013. The decision by the French Space Agency, CNES, and the mission partners, including ESA, was taken on 23 October at a specially convened meeting at the CNES Headquarters in Paris.
Published: 28 October 2009
The confirmation of the nature of CoRoT-7b as the first rocky planet outside our Solar System marks a significant step forward in the search for Earth-like exoplanets.
Published: 16 September 2009
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