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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:56:00 UT
March of the moons - Hubble captures rare triple moon transit of Jupiter [heic1504]
These new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images capture a rare occurrence as three of Jupiter's largest moons parade across the giant gas planet's banded face. Hubble took a string of images of the event which show the three satellites – Europa, Callisto and Io – in action.
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:00:00 UT
Planck reveals first stars were born late
New maps from ESA's Planck satellite uncover the 'polarised' light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought.
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:51:00 UT
Rosetta swoops in for a close encounter
ESA's Rosetta probe is preparing to make a close encounter with its comet on 14 February, passing just 6 km from the surface.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:00:00 UT
Planck: gravitational waves remain elusive
Despite earlier reports of a possible detection, a joint analysis of data from ESA's Planck satellite and the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves.
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:42:00 UT
The tell-tale signs of a galactic merger [heic1503]
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this striking view of spiral galaxy NGC 7714. This galaxy has drifted too close to another nearby galaxy and the dramatic interaction has twisted its spiral arms out of shape, dragged streams of material out into space, and triggered bright bursts of star formation.
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:25:00 UT
Joint Call for a Mission from the Chinese Academy Of Sciences (CAS) And The European Space Agency (ESA)
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration (ESA-SRE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have agreed to jointly pursue a scientific space mission, to be implemented by the ESA Science Programme and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS. The present Joint Call for Missions solicits proposals for such mission from the scientific communities in the ESA Member States and in China. The proposal submission deadline is 16 March 2015, 12:00 (noon) CET/19:00 Beijing Time.
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:00 UT
New web pages for Hubble's birthday
Celebrations for Hubble's 25th year in orbit begin and new web pages are launched.
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.


Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
Media Invited to Boeing Commercial Crew Access Tower Groundbreaking
Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) will mark the start of construction of the Commercial Crew access tower at Space Launch Complex 41(SLC-41) on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 2:30 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 20. Media are invited to tour operations and attend the formal groundbreaking event.
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts
Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study.
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA TV Previews and Broadcasts Space Station U.S. Spacewalks
Two NASA astronauts from the International Space Station’s Expedition 42 crew will venture outside the orbital complex on Friday, Feb. 20; Tuesday, Feb. 24; and Sunday, March 1. They will prepare cables and communications gear for new docking ports that will allow future crews launched from Florida on U.S. commercial spacecraft to dock to the space station.
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA TV to Air Interactive Women in STEM Event
NASA experts, including crew members aboard the International Space Station, will answer questions about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines during a forum called "Women in STEM: STEM in the Global Science Community" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft
SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 7:44 p.m. EST Tuesday 259 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, with nearly 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo, science and first-of-its-kind technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman to Visit Baltimore Area, Media Invited
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who spent 165 days living and working aboard the International Space Station, and gained a large following on social media while sharing the wonders of space exploration, will visit his hometown of Baltimore Feb. 10-12 for several public events that are open to the media.
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Mission Crew Members
NASA and its International Space Station partners have announced the crew members, including NASA astronauts Kate Rubins, Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson, for three upcoming missions to the space station.
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA TV Coverage Set for NOAA DSCOVR Launch Feb. 10
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) now is scheduled to launch at 6:05 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 10 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. There is a backup launch opportunity at 6:03 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA TV Coverage Set For Partner Space Station Cargo Spacecraft Activities
NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure and the arrival of two cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station (ISS) this month. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) cargo craft will departure the station on Saturday, Feb. 14. Launch and docking of a Russian Progress resupply spacecraft will follow on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Television to Air Briefing on NOAA Space Weather Mission Launch
NASA Television will provide live coverage of a news briefing on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new satellite mission to monitor space weather, at 1 p.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 7 from the Press Site at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The briefing also will stream live on the agency’s website.