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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 UT
Giant galaxies die from the inside out - Hubble and VLT observations show that star formation shuts down in the centres of elliptical galaxies first [heic1508]
Astronomers have shown for the first time how star formation in "dead" galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that three billion years after the Big Bang, these galaxies still made stars on their outskirts, but no longer in their interiors. The quenching of star formation seems to have started in the cores of the galaxies and then spread to the outer parts. The results will be published in the 17 April 2015 issue of the journal Science.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:45:00 UT
Rosetta and Philae find comet not magnetised
Measurements made by Rosetta and Philae during the probe's multiple landings on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko show that the comet's nucleus is not magnetised.
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:34:00 UT
Solar Orbiter launch moved to 2018
The launch of Solar Orbiter, an ESA mission to explore the Sun in unprecedented detail, is now planned to take place in October 2018. The launch was previously targeted for July 2017.
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:00:00 UT
Heart of the black auroras revealed by Cluster
Most people have heard of auroras - more commonly known as the Northern and Southern Lights - but, except on rare occasions, such as the recent widespread apparition on 17 March, they are not usually visible outside the polar regions. Less familiar are phenomena known as black auroras, dark patches which often subdivide the glowing curtains of red and green light.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:07:00 UT
Media advisory: Hubble 25th anniversary events and image unveilings across Europe
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:01:00 UT
Announcement of Opportunity for Science Planners in the NASA-led IRIS Mission
This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals for participation in the NASA-led IRIS mission from scientists working in the ESA Member States, under the form of Science Planners.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:18:00 UT
Announcement of Opportunity for European payload elements on the Surface Platform of the ExoMars 2018 mission
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) invite the scientific community to submit proposals for instrument(s) and instrument contributions in the ExoMars 2018 Surface Platform. This Announcement of Opportunity is open to scientists in ESA Member States, Canada, and Russia.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:06:00 UT
Herschel and Planck find missing clue to galaxy cluster formation
By combining observations of the distant Universe made with ESA's Herschel and Planck space observatories, cosmologists have discovered what could be the precursors of the vast clusters of galaxies that we see today.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:44:00 UT
INTEGRAL Announcement of Opportunity (AO-13)
Proposals are solicited for observations with INTEGRAL in response to the Thirteenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-13, issued 9 March 2015. This AO covers the period January 2016 to December 2016 and is open to all proposers.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:47:00 UT
Announcement of Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Scientists in the JUICE mission
Through this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) ESA solicits the participation of the scientific community in the role of Interdisciplinary Scientists (IDSs) in the JUICE mission. Proposals are due by 15 April 2015 at 12:00 CEST (noon) and shall be preceded by a mandatory Letter of Intent due by 20 March 2015.
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.


Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
Celebrate with NASA as Agency Commemorates Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary
NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary with a variety of events highlighting its groundbreaking achievements and scientific contributions with activities running April 20-26.
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards Radiation Challenge Winners, Launches Next Round to Seek Ideas for Protecting Humans on the Journey to Mars
NASA awarded $12,000 to five winners of a challenge to mitigate radiation exposure on deep space missions and launched a new follow-on challenge to identify innovative ways of protecting crews on the journey to Mars.
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Spacecraft Achieves Unprecedented Success Studying Mercury
After extraordinary science findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet’s surface, most likely on April 30, after it runs out of propellant.
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9 to Continue Land Imaging Legacy
NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing program’s record of land images to half a century.
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Selects American Small Business and Research Institution Projects for Further Development
NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into the solar system and beyond while benefiting America's technology-driven economy right here on Earth.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Nears Historic July 14 Encounter with Pluto
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
Research for One-Year Space Station Mission Among NASA Cargo Launched Aboard SpaceX Resupply Flight
Research that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars is among the two tons of cargo now on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 14 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities
NASA will celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA to Celebrate MESSENGER Mission Prior to Surface Impact of Mercury
NASA will hold a media and public event at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 16, to share scientific findings and technical accomplishments of the agency’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA to Host Human Exploration Rover Challenge
The annual NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will take place April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.