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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:45:00 UT
Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:07:00 UT
A galaxy of deception - Hubble snaps what looks like a young galaxy in the local Universe [heic1421]
Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception. This ragged collection of stars and gas clouds looks at first glance like a recently-formed galaxy in our own cosmic neighbourhood. But, is it really as young as it looks?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:51:00 UT
Announcement of Opportunity for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team
The Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is a small mission in the ESA Science Programme. Proposals are solicited for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team. Scientists from institutions located in ESA Member States are invited to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 22 October 2014 (12:00 noon CEST).
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:15:00 UT
'J' marks the spot for Rosetta's lander
Rosetta's lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:00:00 UT
Gaia discovers its first supernova
While scanning the sky to measure the positions and movements of stars in our Galaxy, Gaia has discovered its first stellar explosion in another galaxy far, far away.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:57:00 UT
XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-14)
Proposals are solicited for observations with XMM-Newton in response to the fourteenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-14, issued 26 August 2014. This AO covers the period May 2015 to April 2016 and is open to proposers from all over the world.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:38:00 UT
Call for a Medium-size mission opportunity in ESA's Science Programme for a launch in 2025 (M4)
Through this Call for Missions the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration solicits from the broad scientific community proposals for the competitive selection of mission concepts to be candidate for the implementation of a medium-size, or M-class, mission (M4) for launch in 2025.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:41:00 UT
Cassini-Huygens Participating Scientists
Announcement of Opportunity 2014

The scientific community is invited to submit proposals for participation to the Cassini-Huygens mission through the Participating Scientists (PS) programme. This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is issued jointly by ESA, NASA, and ASI. A brief statement of work is due on 28 July 2014; the full proposal is due on 26 September 2014.
Wed, 14 May 2014 10:48:00 UT
Rosetta instruments ready for action
It's official, Rosetta instruments are ready for action! The Rosetta team had a commissioning 'close out' review on 13 May where each of the orbiter and lander instruments were given a formal 'go' for routine science operations.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:56:00 UT
No. 266 - Continuation of quadrature operations, temporary star tracker outage, start of the sixteenth occultation season, and entire thirteenth Atmospheric Drag Experiment Campaign
Report for the period 13 October to 9 November 2013This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes the continuation of quadrature operations, a temporary star tracker outage, start of the sixteenth occultation season, continuation of the first sulphur dioxide campaign, and the entire thirteenth Atmospheric Drag Experiment Campaign.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:37:00 UT
No. 265 - End of the twenty-fifth eclipse season, continuation of the first sulphur dioxide campaign, start of quadrature operations
Report for the period 15 September to 12 October 2013.This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes the end of the twenty-fifth eclipse season, continuation of the first sulphur dioxide campaign, and the start of quadrature operations.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:58:00 UT
Herschel Status Report - June 2013
Report for period 3 June to 1 July 2013 On 17 June 2013 Herschel operations were concluded, following the last manoeuvre to deplete the spacecraft's fuel and the final passivation of the spacecraft. Herschel has been switched off and is in its final heliocentric orbit. The mission is now in its post-operations phase.


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Expands Commercial Space Program, Requests Proposals for Second Round of Cargo Resupply Contracts for International Space Station
On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
New Crew Launches to Space Station to Continue Scientific Research
Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:25 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 25 (2:25 a.m. on Sept. 26 in Baikonur).
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards Agency-wide Helium Contract
NASA has awarded an agency-wide multiple award contract to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Linde, LLC of Murray Hill, New Jersey, consolidating the agency’s requirements for 10.2 million liters of liquid helium and 128.6 million cubic feet of gaseous helium to support operations at 13 NASA locations.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards Glenn Multiple Award Construction Contract
NASA has selected eight companies to perform competitively bid construction and non-construction task orders at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland under a new multiple award construction contract.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Telescopes Find Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Exoplanet
Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Administrator Statement About India's Mars Orbiter Mission
Statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden about India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Manager Honored for Launching New Era of Private-Sector Spacecraft
Alan Lindenmoyer, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, was presented a prestigious medal for government service at a gala in Washington Monday.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Astronaut to Speak to Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Attendees from International Space Station
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, a flight engineer with Expedition 40 currently aboard the International Space Station, and Expedition 26/27 NASA astronaut Cady Coleman will speak with former President Bill Clinton during the closing session of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York at 4:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record
Arctic sea ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year as the ice declined to its annual minimum on Sept. 17, according to the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Administrator to Participate in High-Flying STEM Education Event
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will give remarks at the launch of the world’s first “flying classroom” -- an innovative program to inspire and engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The event will be held at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Signature Aviation Terminal of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

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