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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:00 UT
Big surprises can come in small packages - Hubble helps astronomers find smallest known galaxy with supermassive black hole [heic1419]
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have found a monster lurking in a very unlikely place. New observations of the ultracompact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 have revealed a supermassive black hole at its heart, making this tiny galaxy the smallest ever found to host a supermassive black hole. This suggests that there may be many more supermassive black holes that we have missed, and tells us more about the formation of these incredibly dense galaxies. The results will be published in the journal Nature on 18 September 2014.
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.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:01:00 UT
Titan's subsurface reservoirs modify methane rainfall
The international Cassini mission has revealed hundreds of lakes and seas spread across the icy surface of Saturn's moon Titan, mostly in its polar regions. These lakes are filled not with water but with hydrocarbons, a form of organic compound that is also found naturally on Earth and includes methane. While most of the liquid in the lakes is thought to be replenished by rainfall from clouds in the moon's atmosphere, the cycling of liquid throughout Titan's crust and atmosphere is still not well understood.
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, 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.


Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Space Station Expedition 40 Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan
Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth Wednesday after 169 days of science and technology research in space, including a record 82 hours of research in a single week, which happened in July.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Selects Contractor for Financial Support Services
NASA has selected Logical-R Joint Venture of Houston to perform financial support services at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Astronaut Mastracchio to Visit Orbital Sciences, Media Invited
NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio will visit Orbital Sciences Corporation at 1:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 15, where he will hold a town hall meeting with the company’s team that carries out cargo delivery missions to the International Space Station under the agency's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Announces Media Briefing on Arctic Climate Change Campaigns
Earth’s northern polar region, one of the most rapidly changing areas of our planet, is the focus of three recent NASA research campaigns and will be discussed in detail during a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Holds Teleconference to Discuss Science Campaign of Curiosity Mars Rover
NASA will host a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Hubble Finds Supernova Companion Star after Two Decades of Searching
Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion star to a rare type of supernova.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Selects Wallops Engineering Services Contract
NASA has awarded a contract to ASRC Space and Defense, Incorporate (AS&D) of Greenbelt, Maryland for the Wallops Engineering Services contract procurement for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s, Wallops Flight Facility, located at Wallops Island, Virginia.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA, Honeywell Bring Hip Hop Physics Tour to Greater Seattle Area
NASA and Honeywell are inviting media to participate in the west coast kickoff of the 10th anniversary celebration of their FMA Live! Forces in Motion tour. The tour show will visit three Seattle-area schools during the week of Sept. 15.
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Selects U.S. Firms to Provide Commercial Suborbital Flight Services
NASA has selected four companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space. The selection is part of NASA's continuing effort to foster a viable market for American commercial reusable suborbital platforms that allow testing of new space technologies within Earth's atmosphere.
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Launches New Era of Earth Science from Space Station
The launch of a NASA ocean winds sensor to the International Space Station (ISS) this month inaugurates a new era of Earth observation that will leverage the space station's unique vantage point in space.

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