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A reanalysis of data collected by ESA's Mars Express during the first 20 months of NASA's Curiosity mission found one case of correlated methane detection, the first time an in-situ measurement has been independently confirmed from orbit.
Published: 1 April 2019
Thanks to an impressive collaboration bringing together data from ground-based telescopes, all-sky surveys and space-based facilities – including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope – a rare self-destructing asteroid called 6478 Gault has been observed.
Published: 28 March 2019
By surveying the centre of our Galaxy, ESA's XMM-Newton has discovered two colossal 'chimneys' funneling material from the vicinity of the Milky Way's supermassive black hole into two huge cosmic bubbles.
Published: 20 March 2019
Media representatives are invited to apply for accreditation to visit the CHEOPS spacecraft, which is in the clean rooms of Airbus in Madrid, on 29 March, before it goes into storage ahead of its shipment to Kourou later this year.
Published: 19 March 2019
Proposals are solicited in response to the first Announcement of Opportunity - AO-1 - for observing time in the CHEOPS Guest Observers Programme. This AO covers the period February 2020 to January 2021. The deadline for proposals has passed.
Published: 19 March 2019
In a striking example of multi-mission astronomy, measurements from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the ESA Gaia mission have been combined to improve the estimate of the mass of our home galaxy the Milky Way: 1.5 trillion solar masses.
Published: 7 March 2019
The Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer, SMILE, has been given the green light for implementation by ESA's Science Programme Committee. The announcement clears the way for full development of this new mission to explore the Sun-Earth connection, which will be conducted in collaboration with China.
Published: 5 March 2019
In a powerful example of combining multi-mission satellite data with computer simulations, scientists have used ESA's Cluster mission to reveal details about how electrons interact with waves in Earth's magnetic environment.
Published: 4 March 2019
The next planning cycle in ESA's Science Programme, Voyage 2050, is now underway. Ideas are solicited from the scientific community for the science themes that should be covered during the Voyage 2050 planning cycle, which covers the time period 2035-2050. The deadline for receipt of White Papers has passed.
Published: 4 March 2019
The next planning cycle in ESA's Science Programme, Voyage 2050, is now underway. Scientists interested in participating in the peer review process of the Voyage 2050 planning cycle are invited to respond to the Call for Membership of the Topical Teams. The deadline for receipt of applications has passed.
Published: 4 March 2019
ESA's Science Directorate invited the public to share their views on the questions that Voyage 2050, ESA's space science programme for the 2035–2050 time frame, should address. The consultation period has passed and the survey is now closed.
Published: 4 March 2019
Mars Express has revealed the first geological evidence of a system of ancient interconnected lakes that once lay deep beneath the Red Planet's surface, five of which may contain minerals crucial to life.
Published: 28 February 2019
Using unprecedented in-situ data from ESA's Cluster mission, scientists have shed light on the ever-changing nature of Earth's shield against cosmic radiation, its bow shock, revealing how this particle accelerator transfers and redistributes energy throughout space.
Published: 27 February 2019
ESA's Gaia satellite is on a mission: to map and characterise more than one billion of the stars in the Milky Way. Many of these stars reside in complex, eye-catching clusters scattered throughout our Galaxy and, by studying these stellar groupings, Gaia is revealing much about the formation and evolution of stars in our cosmic home and...
Published: 26 February 2019
This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals for participation in the Cluster Guest Investigator and Early Career Scientist programme. The deadline for Letters of Intent is 28 March, 12:00 (noon) CET and Proposals are due by 29 May 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST.
Published: 25 February 2019
Proposals are solicited for observations with INTEGRAL in response to the Seventeenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-17, issued 25 February 2019. This AO covers the period January 2020 to December 2020.
Published: 25 February 2019
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with older data from the Voyager 2 probe, have revealed more about the origin of Neptune's smallest moon. The moon, which was discovered in 2013 and has now received the official name Hippocamp, is believed to be a fragment of its larger neighbour Proteus.
Published: 20 February 2019
The outermost part of our planet's atmosphere extends well beyond the lunar orbit – almost twice the distance to the Moon.
Published: 20 February 2019
Feeling stressed? You're not alone. ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed that geological stress arising from the shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has been a key process in sculpting the comet's surface and interior following its formation.
Published: 18 February 2019
What are the outstanding questions that ESA's science programme should address in the period 2035–2050? This is what the scientific community will be asked to consider when the next phase of the Agency's long-term planning for the science programme starts in earnest very soon.
Published: 18 February 2019
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