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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:00:00 UT
Dark matter even darker than once thought - Hubble explores the dark side of cosmic collisions [heic1506]
Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. The results, published in the journal Science on 27 March 2015, show that dark matter interacts with itself even less than previously thought, and narrow down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:00:00 UT
How black holes clear galaxies of star-making gas
Astronomers have found proof that the strong winds blown by a supermassive black hole are dispersing the gas reservoir of its host galaxy. The new finding relies on the observation of two related phenomena in the same galaxy: a large-scale galactic outflow, seen by ESA's Herschel space observatory, and a black-hole driven wind at the galaxy's core, detected with the Japanese/US Suzaku X-ray observatory. By showing how the black hole wind is in fact driving the gas outflow that affects the entire galaxy, the discovery demonstrates the key role played by black holes in regulating the formation of stars in their host galaxies.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:00:00 UT
Rosetta makes first detection of molecular nitrogen at a comet
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made the first measurement of molecular nitrogen at a comet, providing clues about the temperature environment in which Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko formed.
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:49:00 UT
Symposium announcement: Exploring the Universe with JWST
The 49th ESLAB symposium will be an international meeting dedicated to the presentation and discussion of future scientific research that will be enabled by the James Webb Space Telescope. This "Exploring the Universe with JWST" symposium will be held at the European Space Agency's technical centre (ESTEC), 12-16 October 2015.
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:01:00 UT
Workshop announcement: CHEOPS Science Workshop #3
CHEOPS Science Workshop #3 will be held at the headquarters of the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) in central Madrid, Spain, on 17-19 June 2015. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 April 2015.
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:00 UT
Hot water activity on icy moon's seafloor
Tiny grains of rock detected by the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn point to hydrothermal activity on the seafloor of its icy moon Enceladus.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:24:00 UT
SOHO's 3000th comet - contest
It may have been designed to probe and monitor the Sun, but the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has also found fame as a comet finder. A record-breaking 2890 comets have been discovered with SOHO since its launch in 1995, more than any other comet hunter in history!
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:47:00 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 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.


Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public
Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public. The data was collected following the restart of the asteroid-seeking spacecraft in December 2013 after a lengthy hibernation.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA’s Hubble, Chandra Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter
Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought. Researchers say this finding narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Announces Next Steps on Journey to Mars: Progress on Asteroid Initiative
NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth Asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA to Discuss Progress Today on Asteroid Initiative
NASA will host a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EDT today to discuss the selection of an Asteroid Redirect Mission concept and other advances supporting the agency’s journey to Mars.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover Finishes Marathon, Clocks in at Just Over 11 Years
There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday -- 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards Contract for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Spacecraft
NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital ATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) of Dulles, Virginia, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 spacecraft.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Announces Teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international teams from Mexico, Germany, India and Russia.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA’s SOFIA Finds Missing Link Between Supernovae and Planet Formation
Using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an international scientific team discovered that supernovae are capable of producing a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Spacecraft Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT
One-Year Crew Set for Launch to Space Station; NASA TV to Air Live Coverage
The first one-year crew for the International Space Station is set to launch Friday, March 27. NASA Television will provide extensive coverage of the launch and the crew’s arrival to the orbital laboratory.