ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
Using near-infrared observations collected by the Venus Monitoring Camera, scientists have found evidence that the planet's rugged highlands are scattered with geochemically more evolved rocks, rather than the basaltic rocks of the volcanic plains.
Published: 16 May 2012
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has made detailed observations of the dwarf galaxy NGC 2366. While it lacks the elegant spiral arms of many larger galaxies, NGC 2366 is home to a bright, star-forming nebula and is close enough for astronomers to discern its individual stars.
Published: 10 May 2012
Herschel survey confirms that only the most powerful black holes in the early Universe were able to quench the formation of stars in their host galaxies.
Published: 10 May 2012
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
Jupiter's icy moons are the focus of Europe's next large science mission, ESA announced today, 2 May 2012.
Published: 2 May 2012
The Royal Observatory of Belgium is soliciting proposals for analysis of data from PROBA2's two solar observation instruments, SWAP and LYRA, under its Guest Investigator Programme. Proposals in response to this Third Call for Ideas are due by 15 June 2012.
Published: 1 May 2012
ESA has awarded the contract to build its next-generation Sun explorer to Astrium UK. Solar Orbiter will investigate how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere, the extended atmosphere of the Sun.
Published: 26 April 2012
The first targeted, high resolution measurements of Martian gravity have enabled scientists to probe deep beneath the surface of Mars and provide new insights into the formation of the planet's massive volcanoes.
Published: 26 April 2012
A region on Saturn's moon Titan has been found to be similar to the Etosha Pan in Namibia, Africa. Both are ephemeral lakes - large, shallow depressions that sometimes fill with liquid.
Published: 19 April 2012
Several million stars are vying for attention in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula.
Published: 17 April 2012
The chance discovery with ESA's INTEGRAL observatory, in 2004, of highly energetic X-rays emanating from a young neutron star with an extremely strong magnetic field, provided scientists with a challenge: to explain how these objects, also known as magnetars, produce such energetic non-thermal radiation. A new, comprehensive study of one...
Published: 12 April 2012
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
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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