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New Herschel images reveal the debris disc around the star Fomalhaut in its full glory. By probing the glow of dust in the disc, these data suggest that it consists of 'fluffy' aggregates of dust grains produced by cometary collisions.
Published: 11 April 2012
An agreement was signed by ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation on Astro-H, an important mission that will provide a unique opportunity to investigate the structure of the Universe and its evolution.
Published: 10 April 2012
Despite the absence of a large magnetosphere, the near-Venus environment exhibits a number of similarities with planets such as Earth. The latest, surprising, example is the evidence for magnetic reconnection in Venus' induced magnetotail.
Published: 5 April 2012
A faint, infrared glow above the winter poles of Mars is giving new insights into seasonal changes in the planet's atmospheric circulation. The tell-tale night emission was detected with the Mars Express OMEGA imaging spectrometer.
Published: 23 March 2012
The scientific community is invited to respond to the current Research Announcement to submit proposals for Participating Scientists to the Cassini-Huygens mission. This Research Announcement is published jointly by ESA, NASA and ASI. The deadline for submission of proposals is 4 May 2012.
Published: 21 March 2012
The Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed image so far of Messier 9, discerning over 250 000 individual stars shining in this globular star cluster, which is located close to the centre of our Galaxy.
Published: 16 March 2012
Proposals are solicited for observations with INTEGRAL in response to the Tenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-10, issued 12 March 2012. This AO covers the period January 2013 to December 2013 and is open to all proposers.
Published: 14 March 2012
Sub-millimetre observations of 2M1207, a brown dwarf with its own circumstellar disc and a planetary companion five times more massive than Jupiter, reopen the debate on how giant planets form around stellar and sub-stellar objects.
Published: 13 March 2012
The present Call solicits from the broad scientific community in ESA's Member States proposals for the competitive selection of mission concepts to be candidate for the implementation of one small-size (S-class) mission for launch in 2017. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 June 2012, 12:00 (noon) CET.
Published: 9 March 2012
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Findings from a new study, using data from Cluster and Mars Express, reaffirm the importance of the Earth's magnetic field in protecting our atmosphere from the solar wind.
Published: 7 March 2012
BepiColombo, an ESA mission to the planet Mercury in collaboration with the Japanese space agency, JAXA, and previously targeted for launch in July 2014, is now planned for launch in a window opening in August 2015.
Published: 28 February 2012
Astronomers have discovered that black-hole driven ultra-fast outflows are common in active galaxies, and they are massive and powerful enough to provide the feedback required by galactic evolution models.
Published: 27 February 2012
Observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have come up with a new class of planet, a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. It's smaller than Uranus but larger than Earth.
Published: 21 February 2012
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have found a cluster of young blue stars surrounding a mid-sized black hole called HLX-1.
Published: 15 February 2012
The scientific community is invited to participate in the Euclid mission by responding to the present Announcement of Opportunity (AO). This AO solicits proposals for the appointment of the second Independent Legacy Scientist in the Euclid Science Team. The deadline for submission of proposals is 12 April 2012, 12:00 CET.
Published: 15 February 2012
Following an anomaly affecting its on-board mass memory, a work-around that changes the way commands are stored and executed by the spacecraft is complete, allowing resumption of full science operations.
Published: 15 February 2012
An unambiguous detection of the Galactic Haze and the first all-sky map of carbon monoxide, two important sources of foreground in the microwave sky, are among the highlights presented by the Planck Collaboration this week.
Published: 13 February 2012
ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has discovered that our cloud-covered neighbour spins a little slower than previously measured. Peering through the dense atmosphere in the infrared, the orbiter found surface features were not quite where they should be.
Published: 10 February 2012
JAXA has released the 1st International Announcement of Opportunity for HAYABUSA Sample Investigations, and proposals from European investigators are welcomed.
Published: 9 February 2012
The MARSIS radar instrument on board ESA's Mars Express orbiter has discovered a subsurface blanket of low density material around the north polar cap.
Published: 6 February 2012
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