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On Wednesday 28 May Cassini performs its last Titan flyby of the nominal 4-year mission (ending this summer, when the 2-year extended mission will start). Cassini will pass Titan at 1400 km and perform not only detailed observations of Saturn's largest moon, but also of Saturn's main rings (A,B & C) using the CIRS instrument to measure...
Published: 27 May 2008
ESA has issued a Call for White Papers as input to the Exo-Planet Roadmap Advisory Team. This is part of the EPR-AT consultation process with the broad scientific community.
Published: 26 May 2008
ESA has issued a "Call for Declarations of Interest in Science Instrumentation" for the M-class Cosmic Vision mission, Euclid. Similar calls have already been issued for Cross-Scale, Marco Polo and Plato.
Published: 23 May 2008
The COROT team has detected two new exoplanets and a new type of object. These discoveries were announced this week at the IAU Symposium on Transiting Planets.
Published: 22 May 2008
The VIRTIS instrument on Venus Express has made the first detection of hydroxyl in the atmosphere of Venus. The results are reported in the May 2008 issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Published: 15 May 2008
The Ulysses Mission Operations Team has received the 2008 International SpaceOps Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Published: 13 May 2008
Dear Colleague,I am pleased to invite you to respond to the "Announcement of Opportunity" to submit proposals for observations to be performed with AKARI in its Post-Helium phase.
Published: 13 May 2008
The proto-typical merger pair the Antennae Galaxies are found to be at a distance of only 0.7 times the previous best estimate of ~65 million light-years, following a recent study based on Hubble data
Published: 9 May 2008
On Monday 12 May, Cassini performs its fourty-fourth targeted flyby of Titan and will pass the moon's surface at an altitude of 1000 km as it flies over Titan's northern hemisphere at 6.3 km per second. It is the next to last Titan flyby of the prime mission, with the extended mission starting in July.
Published: 9 May 2008
Using the ESO 2.2m telescope at La Silla, Chile, a team of scientists have sucessfully imaged the position of the WMAP spacecraft at 1.5 million km from Earth, testing the ground-based optical tracking technique to be used for Gaia
Published: 8 May 2008
ESA has issued a "Call for Declarations of Interest in Science Instrumentation" for the M-class Cosmic Vision mission studies Cross Scale, Marco Polo, Plato, and Euclid.
Published: 5 May 2008
A study of nine distant massive galaxies using Hubble and Keck data shows the distant massive galaxies to be much more compact than their counterparts at lower redshifts
Published: 29 April 2008
Celebrating the 18th launch anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope on 24 April 2008, a Hubble atlas of interacting galaxies in different stages of interaction and merger is released, comprised of 59 new Hubble images
Published: 24 April 2008
ESA has appointed an expert team to advise the Agency on the best scientific and technological roadmap to pursue in order to address the characterization of terrestrial exo-planets (up to the possible detection of biomarkers).
Published: 22 April 2008
The Council of the European Space Agency has appointed David Southwood as Director of Science and Robotic Exploration until 30 April 2011.
Published: 17 April 2008

Data from the VIRGO instrument on SOHO have been used to show that solar flares drive global oscillations in the Sun. This confirms a prediction made more than 30 years ago.
Published: 17 April 2008
Based on a study of archival data from four X-ray observatories, including XMM-Newton, a team of Japanese astronomers confirm the black hole at the Galactic centre, Sgr A*, to have experienced an outburst some 300 years ago
Published: 15 April 2008
NASA has extended the Cassini operations phase for the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission for two more years. The mission, originally scheduled to end in July 2008, will continue studying Saturn, its environment and moons until 2010.
Published: 15 April 2008
XMM-Newton observations of broad absorption line quasars (BALQSOs) that are seen face-on reveal these to be different from BALQSOs that are seen at different orientations in that the former are not deficient in soft X-ray emission
Published: 9 April 2008
Data from Hubble and the groundbased Gemini observatory provide evidence for the existence of an intermediate-mass black hole in the globular cluster omega Centauri supporting a possible reclassification of the cluster as a dwarf galaxy
Published: 2 April 2008
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