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Issued 14 November 2011, this Call for Declaration of Interest in Science Instrumentation solicits proposals for studies on science instrumentation that would potentially be provided by the ESA Member States, should the candidate M-class mission MarcoPolo-R be adopted for the M3 mission opportunity.
Published: 14 November 2011
Using its infrared vision to peer nine billion years back in time, the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of tiny, young galaxies that are brimming with star formation
Published: 10 November 2011
A team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc - a brightly glowing disc of matter that is slowly being sucked into its galaxy's central black hole.
Published: 4 November 2011
Operational anomalies in the memory system on board Mars Express have caused science observations to be temporarily halted. Both a work-around to enable the resumption of a number of observations and a long-term solution are being investigated.
Published: 31 October 2011
On 10 July 2010, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft flew past asteroid Lutetia, one of the largest objects orbiting within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Rosetta's encounter revealed an intriguing object which has survived since the birth of the planets.
Published: 27 October 2011
The detection of cold water vapour in a protoplanetary disc hints at a hidden reservoir of water ice amounting to several thousand terrestrial oceans.
Published: 20 October 2011
As part of a new survey of galaxy clusters with Hubble, the space telescope has imaged the galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847, to study the apparently distorted shapes of distant galaxies in the background caused by the invisible substance of dark matter.
Published: 13 October 2011
Issued 10 October 2011, this Call for Declaration of Interest in Science Instrumentation solicits proposals for studies on science instrumentation that would potentially be provided by the ESA Member States, should the candidate M-class mission LOFT be adopted for the M3 mission opportunity.
Published: 10 October 2011
Venus Express' discovery of a tenuous layer of ozone in the atmosphere of Venus poses new challenges to the chemical characterisation of planetary atmospheres.
Published: 6 October 2011
Herschel has found the first evidence of Earth-like water in a comet; this promises to reopen the debate on the role of comets in delivering water to our planet.
Published: 5 October 2011
The powerful influence of the Sun and the nature of the mysterious 'dark energy' motivate ESA's next two science missions: Solar Orbiter and Euclid have been selected for implementation, with launches planned for 2017 and 2019.
Published: 4 October 2011
Smaller galaxies like the dwarf irregular galaxy Holmberg II come in many shapes and types that are harder to classify than regular galaxies. This galaxy's indistinct shape is punctuated by huge glowing bubbles of gas, captured in a new Hubble image.
Published: 29 September 2011
New analysis of data sent back by the SPICAM spectrometer on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft has revealed for the first time that the planet's atmosphere is supersaturated with water vapour.
Published: 29 September 2011
Issued 26 September 2011, this Call for Declaration of Interest in Science Instrumentation solicits proposals for studies on science instrumentation that would potentially be provided by the ESA Member States, should the candidate M-class mission STE-QUEST be adopted for the M3 mission opportunity.
Published: 26 September 2011
Issued 26 September 2011, this Call for Declaration of Interest in Science Instrumentation solicits proposals for studies on science instrumentation that would potentially be provided by the ESA Member States, should the candidate M-class mission EChO be adopted for the M3 mission opportunity.
Published: 26 September 2011
New insights into the processes by which stars age have been revealed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which is providing unprecedented images of the complex, outer structure of a nearby circumstellar envelope.
Published: 20 September 2011
Reaching one of the most mysterious planets in our Solar System takes enormous power and finesse. ESA has now firmly entrusted its precious Mercury explorer to Europe's largest rocket - the Ariane 5.
Published: 15 September 2011
ESA's Gaia mission has passed another major milestone after the completion of 10 state-of-the-art mirrors that will be used to measure the precise positions of a billion stars.
Published: 15 September 2011
Herschel's deep galaxy survey reveals that, contrary to previous belief, most stars in cosmic history did not form through violent mergers but via steady and gentle processes.
Published: 13 September 2011
[06/09/2011]
Bright auroral displays are caused by a phenomenon known as a geomagnetic substorm, but the origin of these substorms has been debated for decades. New computer simulations, allied to analysis of data from ESA's Cluster spacecraft, are now filling in many of the missing pieces in the puzzle.
Published: 6 September 2011
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