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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:00 UT
Hubble:A cross-section of the Universe [heic1408]
An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from cosmic near neighbours to objects seen in the early years of the Universe. The 14-hour exposure shows objects around a billion times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:21:00 UT
Rosetta:Instrument commissioning continues
We're now in week four of six dedicated to commissioning Rosetta's science instruments after the long hibernation period, with the majority now having completed at least a first initial switch on.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:56:00 UT
Venus Express: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
Venus Express: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.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:00:00 UT
Cassini-Huygens:Icy moon Enceladus has underground sea
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has an underground sea of liquid water, according to the international Cassini spacecraft.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:06:00 UT
Director's Desk:ESA and CERN sign cooperation agreement
ESA, the European Space Agency, and CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, signed a cooperation agreement on 28 March to foster future collaborations on research themes of common interest.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:13:00 UT
Rosetta:Rosetta sets sights on destination comet
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has caught a first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on 20 January.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:52:00 UT
Herschel:Herschel completes largest survey of cosmic dust in local Universe
The largest census of dust in local galaxies has been completed using data from ESA's Herschel space observatory, providing a huge legacy to the scientific community.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:19:00 UT
Cluster:2nd Announcement of Opportunity for Cluster Guest Investigators
This Announcement of Opportunity solicits special operation proposals for participation in the Guest Investigator (GI) Programme of the Cluster extended mission from the European Space Agency (ESA). The aim of the GI Programme is to open future spacecraft science operations to the scientific community. Investigations are solicited which identify compelling utilization of the Cluster spacecraft payload for scientific study, for the period 2015-2016. The deadline for proposal submissions is 2 June 2014, 23:59 CEST.
Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:33:00 UT
Cosmic Vision:Call for mission concepts for the large-size 'L2' mission opportunity in ESA's Science Programme
Through this Call for Missions, the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration solicits proposals from the broad scientific community for the competitive selection of mission concepts to be candidates for the implementation of the second large mission (L2) of the Cosmic Vision Plan, for a planned launch in 2028.
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:26:00 UT
Cosmic Vision:Planning for a joint scientific space mission
An initiative of the European Space Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration (ESA-SRE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have agreed to explore the possibility of identifying a scientific mission which could be jointly implemented by ESA-SRE and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS. This announcement provides information about this initiative and invites interested parties to register to receive additional information on upcoming workshops.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:58:00 UT
Herschel: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, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission
Nearly 2.5 tons of NASA science investigations and cargo are on the way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Announce Media Opportunities at Hubble Anniversary Reception
Media are invited to attend a breakfast reception at 8:30 a.m. EDT April 23 to celebrate the 24th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope's launch into space with the opening of the "Repairing Hubble" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located at 600 Independence Ave. SW in Washington.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Innovative Advanced Concept Program Seeks Phase II Proposals
NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is seeking proposals for technologies that could be used on future exploration missions. The new proposals will build on the most promising ideas developed in the program's first phase.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities
NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface
Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Administrator and Senior Leaders to Outline NASA's "Path to Mars"
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will outline NASA's human exploration path to Mars during a keynote address at the Humans to Mars Summit 2014 at 9 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 22. The conference, sponsored by Explore Mars, will be held April 22-24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lisner and Betts Auditoriums at George Washington University in Washington and will be carried live on NASA TV.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'
Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Sets Preview Briefing, TV Schedule for Space Station Spacewalk
Two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct a spacewalk in the coming week to replace a failed backup computer relay system on the space station's truss. The activity, designated U.S. EVA 26, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and previewed in a briefing at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at 9:30 a.m. EDT Friday, April 18.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Names Six New Members to Advisory Council
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA's senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday
NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX's third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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