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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:00:00 UT
The riddle of the missing stars - Hubble observations cast further doubt on how globular clusters formed [heic1425]
Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky Way, and so must have formed in a similar way. One of the leading theories on how these clusters form predicts that globular clusters should only be found nestled in among large quantities of old stars. But these old stars, though rife in the Milky Way, are not present in this small galaxy, and so, the mystery deepens.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:20:00 UT
Working life extensions for ESA’s science missions
Continuing operations of ten space science missions have been extended by ESA’s Science Programme Committee (SPC).
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:01:00 UT
Rosetta continues into its full science phase
With the Philae lander's mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own extraordinary exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during the coming year as the enigmatic body arcs ever closer to our Sun.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:29:00 UT
OSIRIS spots Philae drifting across the comet
These incredible images show the breathtaking journey of Rosetta's Philae lander as it approached and then rebounded from its first touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014.
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:49:00 UT
Pioneering Philae completes main mission before hibernation
Rosetta's lander has completed its primary science mission after nearly 57 hours on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:51:00 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).The deadline for receipt of applications in response to this AO has passed.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:38:00 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.
Wed, 14 May 2014 11:48:00 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 08:56:00 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 11:37:00 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 17:58:00 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.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Sets Prelaunch Activities, Television Coverage for Orion Flight Test
The first flight test of Orion, NASA’s next-generation spacecraft that will send astronauts to an asteroid and onward to Mars, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4. NASA will host a series of news conferences and flight test commentary on NASA Television, as well as media events at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Opens Cube Quest Challenge for Largest-Ever Prize of $5 Million
Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
New Crew Arrives at Space Station to Continue Scientific Research
Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS).
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Announces New Opportunities for Public Participation in Asteroid Grand Challenge
Ten new projects are providing opportunities for the public to participate in NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge, which accelerates the agency's asteroid initiative work through innovative partnerships and collaborations.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Selects Student Teams for High-Powered Rocket Challenge
NASA has selected eight teams from middle and high schools across the country to participate in the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Ionospheric Connection Explorer
NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, to provide launch services for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards Agencywide Acquisition of Liquid Hydrogen Contract
NASA has awarded the agencywide Acquisition of Liquid Hydrogen contract to Praxair, Inc. of Danbury, Connecticut.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Announces Early Stage Innovations Space Tech Research Grants
NASA has selected 11 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs of America's space program.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Teams with South Korean Agency to Further Improve Air Traffic Management
NASA and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) have signed a memorandum of understanding for future cooperation on the development of advanced air traffic management technologies, benefiting airline passengers and citizens of both nations.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Receives Fourth Consecutive Clean Audit Opinion
NASA has received an unmodified, or “clean”, audit opinion on its fiscal year 2014 financial statements, marking the fourth consecutive year of “clean” opinions.

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