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The MARSIS radar sounder instrument on board Mars Express, designed to study the ionosphere, surface and sub-surface of Mars, can unexpectedly also double as a magnetometer
Published: 22 September 2009
Preliminary results from the Planck First Light Survey indicate that the data quality is excellent. This bodes well for the full sky survey that has just begun.
Published: 17 September 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
Astronomers today declared the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope a fully rejuvenated observatory ready for a new decade of exploration, with the release of observations from four of its six operating science instruments.
Published: 9 September 2009
XMM-Newton observations of the X-ray pulsator RX J0648.0-4418 have resulted in a solid, model-independent mass estimation of this rare, ultra-massive white dwarf.
Published: 4 September 2009
The Fifth European Announcement for observations to be performed with Suzaku between April 2010 and March 2011 is now open. Scientists belonging to institutions within ESA Member States are invited to respond. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 20 November at 16:30 CET.
Published: 1 September 2009
Proposals are solicited for observations with XMM-Newton in response to the Ninth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-9, issued 25 August 2009. This AO covers the period May 2010 to April 2011 and is open to all proposers. The deadline for receipt of proposals for this AO has passed.
Published: 27 August 2009
To reconcile measured methane enhancements and variations on Mars with the current global chemical-
climate model, both a strong local source and an as yet unidentified and very effective methane destruction mechanism are required, a recent study finds
Published: 6 August 2009
At the end of June the Gaia mission passed a significant milestone when the 17 individual segments of the torus, a key structural element of the spacecraft, were brazed into one coherent structure at the BOOSTEC premises at Bazet near Tarbes, France.
Published: 28 July 2009
The checkout and calibration of the Hubble Space Telescope has been interrupted to aim the recently refurbished observatory at a new expanding spot on Jupiter, caused by the impact of a comet or an asteroid.
Published: 24 July 2009
The qualification model of Gaia's unique deployable sunshield has been installed in the Large Space Simulator at ESA's ESTEC test facilities to undergo thermal testing in simulated space conditions
Published: 22 July 2009
INTEGRAL's all-sky map of the 511 keV line emission has been used to conclude that dark matter is not the origin of galactic positron annihilation, contrary to what had been assumed in past years.
Published: 22 July 2009
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Using data from the Cluster mission scientists have discovered a mechanism that can account for the heating of the solar wind. This discovery was highlighted in the 12 June 2009 issue of Physical Review Letters.
Published: 16 July 2009
From 20 - 24 July an ESA-sponsored Mars Advanced School will be held in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China. About 40 graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as researchers, from mainland China and Taiwan, will attend this intensive, five-day course, with expert teaching staff from Europe and China.
Published: 15 July 2009
The first images and spectra obtained with the three Herschel instruments (HIFI, PACS and SPIRE) demonstrate their excellent condition and provide a foretaste of the exciting science that is to come.
Published: 10 July 2009
On 29 and 30 June the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, David Southwood met NASA's Associate Administrator for Science, Ed Weiler, in Plymouth, UK, to establish a way for a progressive programme for exploration of the Red Planet.
Published: 8 July 2009
A key milestone has been reached as the detectors of both the Planck instruments, HFI and LFI, are now at their operational temperatures, making the HFI detectors the coldest known objects in outer space at just 0.1K above absolute zero
Published: 3 July 2009
In-situ measurements of grains in Saturn's E ring show sodium concentrations that point at a subsurface ocean on the icy moon Enceladus, which with its south polar plumes is the main source of the E-ring particles
Published: 25 June 2009
On Monday, 22 June, the Cassini spacecraft returns to Titan for the mission's fifty-eighth targeted encounter with Saturn's largest moon: T-57. The closest approach to Titan occurs at 18:32:35 UTC, at an altitude of 955 kilometres above the moon's surface and at a speed of 6.0 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 42.2°S and the encounter occurs on orbit number 113.
Published: 19 June 2009
Just one month after launch, test images obtained by the PACS instrument on Herschel provide a tantalising glimpse at things to come.
Published: 19 June 2009
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