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ESA

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:08:00 UT
A mixed-up magnetic storm
The Sun is a variable star, experiencing 11-year-long cycles of activity which impact our planet and near-Earth space. Forecasting the changing space weather and the effects it will have on Earth remains a challenge, as illustrated by an unusual magnetic storm that was observed by ESA's Cluster quartet and one of the Chinese-ESA Double Star spacecraft.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 UT
Witnessing the early growth of a giant - First ever sighting of galaxy core formation [heic1418]
Astronomers have uncovered for the first time the earliest stages of a massive galaxy forming in the young Universe. The discovery was made possible through combining observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The growing galaxy core is blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. The paper appears in the journal Nature on 27 August.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 UT
INTEGRAL catches dead star exploding in a blaze of glory
Astronomers using ESA's INTEGRAL gamma-ray observatory have demonstrated beyond doubt that dead stars known as white dwarfs can reignite and explode as supernovae.
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.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:00:00 UT
Rosetta: Landing site search narrows
Using detailed information collected by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft during its first two weeks at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, five locations have been identified as candidate sites to set down the Philae lander in November – the first time a landing on a comet has ever been attempted.
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, 11 Jun 2014 15:51:00 UT
2nd Workshop on planning for a joint scientific space mission  -  An initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
The scientific communities in Europe and China are invited to present their ideas about a joint scientific mission at the 2nd ESA-CAS workshop that will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23-24 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.

NASA

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Orion Move in Preparation for First Flight
Media accreditation now is open to attend an event marking the move of NASA's Orion spacecraft at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will be transferred from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility during the second week of September.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Probes Studying Earth’s Radiation Belts to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary
NASA's twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Mississippi and Louisiana Students Get Out-of-This-World Start to the School Year
Students from Mississippi and Louisiana will gather at the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi, for a long-distance call with NASA astronauts currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology
NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy
Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars
NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Holds Teleconference Today to Discuss Progress on World’s Largest Rocket
NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today to discuss the agency’s progress on the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Completes Successful Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank
NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Crosses Neptune Orbit En Route to Historic Pluto Encounter
NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.
 
 

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