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ESA

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 UT
Rosetta fuels debate on origin of Earth's oceans
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has found the water vapour from its target comet to be significantly different to that found on Earth. The discovery fuels the debate on the origin of our planet's oceans.
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:46:00 UT
Conference Announcement: Planck 2014 - The microwave sky in temperature and polarization
The Planck Collaboration will present the latest scientific results from ESA’s Planck satellite during a conference to be held from 1 to 5 December 2014 in Ferrara, Italy.
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:35:00 UT
Pre-announcement of the issue of a joint call for missions 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 Science (CAS) intend to issue in January 2015 a Call for Missions for the selection of a scientific mission to be jointly implemented by the ESA Science Programme and the Chinese National Space Science Centre (NSSC) under the CAS.
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:00:00 UT
JUICE mission gets green light for next stage of development
The European Space Agency's JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) mission has been given the green light to proceed to the next stage of development. This approval is a milestone for the mission, which aims to launch in 2022 to explore Jupiter and its potentially habitable icy moons.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:00:00 UT
The riddle of the missing stars - Hubble observations cast further doubt on how globular clusters formed [heic1425]
Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky Way, and so must have formed in a similar way. One of the leading theories on how these clusters form predicts that globular clusters should only be found nestled in among large quantities of old stars. But these old stars, though rife in the Milky Way, are not present in this small galaxy, and so, the mystery deepens.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:20:00 UT
Working life extensions for ESA’s science missions
Continuing operations of ten space science missions have been extended by ESA’s Science Programme Committee (SPC).
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:29:00 UT
OSIRIS spots Philae drifting across the comet
These incredible images show the breathtaking journey of Rosetta's Philae lander as it approached and then rebounded from its first touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014.
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.

NASA

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses
It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Tests Software That May Help Increase Flight Efficiency, Decrease Aircraft Noise
NASA researchers Friday began flight tests of computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities around airports.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Highlights Drought, Mars, Arctic Warming at American Geophysical Union
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Help U.S. Cope with Climate Change: Enter NASA-USGS Data App Challenge
NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA, SpaceX Update Launch of Resupply Mission to the Space Station
The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract now is scheduled to launch no earlier than 1:20 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 19, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 12:15 p.m.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Space Station Partners Hold Paris News Conference to Discuss Yearlong Mission
NASA and its International Space Station partners will hold a news conference in Paris at 10 a.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 18, to discuss the upcoming one-year expedition on the International Space Station. NASA Television and the agency's website will carry the briefing live.
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport III Follow-On Contract
NASA has awarded a contract to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority of Norfolk, Virginia for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport III (MARS III) follow-on contract.
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Updates Briefings for Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station
The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch at 2:31 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m.
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Delivers Futuristic Aircraft Part to Virginia for Structural Testing
Media are invited to view the unloading of a representative test article of a futuristic hybrid wing body aircraft Thursday, Dec. 11 at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
 
 

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