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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:56:00 UT
Venus Express: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
Venus Express: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.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:00:00 UT
Cassini-Huygens:Icy moon Enceladus has underground sea
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has an underground sea of liquid water, according to the international Cassini spacecraft.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:06:00 UT
Director's Desk:ESA and CERN sign cooperation agreement
ESA, the European Space Agency, and CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, signed a cooperation agreement on 28 March to foster future collaborations on research themes of common interest.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:13:00 UT
Rosetta:Rosetta sets sights on destination comet
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has caught a first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on 20 January.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:11:00 UT
Rosetta:Payload commissioning underway
The re-commissioning of Rosetta's science instruments is now in its second week, and while our operations and science teams are busy with those activities, we have a quick status report on the general health of the spacecraft going into the commissioning period.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:52:00 UT
Herschel:Herschel completes largest survey of cosmic dust in local Universe
The largest census of dust in local galaxies has been completed using data from ESA's Herschel space observatory, providing a huge legacy to the scientific community.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:19:00 UT
Cluster:2nd Announcement of Opportunity for Cluster Guest Investigators
This Announcement of Opportunity solicits special operation proposals for participation in the Guest Investigator (GI) Programme of the Cluster extended mission from the European Space Agency (ESA). The aim of the GI Programme is to open future spacecraft science operations to the scientific community. Investigations are solicited which identify compelling utilization of the Cluster spacecraft payload for scientific study, for the period 2015-2016. The deadline for proposal submissions is 2 June 2014, 23:59 CEST.
Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:33:00 UT
Cosmic Vision:Call for mission concepts for the large-size 'L2' mission opportunity in ESA's Science Programme
Through this Call for Missions, the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration solicits proposals from the broad scientific community for the competitive selection of mission concepts to be candidates for the implementation of the second large mission (L2) of the Cosmic Vision Plan, for a planned launch in 2028.
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:26:00 UT
Cosmic Vision:Planning for a joint scientific space mission
An initiative of the European Space Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration (ESA-SRE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have agreed to explore the possibility of identifying a scientific mission which could be jointly implemented by ESA-SRE and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS. This announcement provides information about this initiative and invites interested parties to register to receive additional information on upcoming workshops.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:58:00 UT
Herschel: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, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Looks to Go Beyond Batteries for Space Exploration
NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America's space program.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Administrator and Media to View New Orion Mission Control Center at Johnson
Media are invited to meet with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden during a visit to the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston from 1-2 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 10.
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Media Invited to 2014 International Space Apps Challenge Main Event in New York
Media are invited to attend NASA’s third annual International Space Apps Challenge. The main event will be held April 12-13 in New York.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Television to Air Upcoming Space Station Cargo Ship Activities
NASA Television will air live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft and the launch and docking of another to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) Monday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 9.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards Robotics, Vehicle and Graphics Simulation Services Contract
NASA has selected MacLean Engineering & Applied Technologies of Houston to provide simulation model development for organizations at the agency's Johnson Space Center, also in Houston.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Coverage Set for SpaceX Mission to Space Station
The next SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Monday, April 14, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
New Catalog Brings NASA Software Down to Earth
NASA is making available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release on Thursday, April 10 of a new online software catalog.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Hubble Team Finds Monster "El Gordo" Galaxy Cluster Bigger Than Thought
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has weighed the largest known galaxy cluster in the distant universe, catalogued as ACT-CL J0102-4915, and found it definitely lives up to its nickname -- El Gordo (Spanish for "the fat one").
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Media Invited to View NASA Cutting-edge Landing Technology Before Test Flight
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will be flying a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space this June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Satellite to Continue Gathering Data Up to Planned Lunar Impact
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude to continue making science observations prior to its planned impact on the moon’s surface on or before April 21.

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