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ESA Science & Technology



News on the space science missions of the European Space Agency



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Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:45:00 UT

ESA's Mercury spacecraft has passed its final test in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year.



Eighth Call for PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:37:00 UT

The Royal Observatory of Belgium invites research proposals from potential Guest Investigators for the analysis of data from PROBA2's two solar observation instruments, SWAP and LYRA. Early-career post-docs and PhD students are particularly invited to apply, although proposals from more senior Guest Investigators are also encouraged. Proposals in response to this Call must be received by 24 September 2017, 23:59 CEST (21:59 UTC).



Artificial brain helps Gaia catch speeding stars

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:57:00 UT

With the help of software that mimics a human brain, ESA's Gaia satellite spotted six stars zipping at high speed from the centre of our Galaxy to its outskirts. This could provide key information about some of the most obscure regions of the Milky Way.



Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:17:00 UT

The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class mission in ESA's Science programme, while the PLATO exoplanet hunter moves into development.



New catalogues for Herschel legacy archive

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:09:00 UT

Two new catalogues, based on data from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, have been released to the scientific community. The point source catalogues are examples of a new type of data product from two of Herschel's instruments, SPIRE and PACS. These catalogues are part of the lasting legacy of the Herschel mission, and will further facilitate data exploitation and drive ongoing research.



LISA Pathfinder to conclude trailblazing mission

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:36:00 UT

After sixteen months of science operations, LISA Pathfinder will complete its mission on 30 June, having successfully demonstrated the technology to build ESA's future space observatory of gravitational waves.



Cosmic Vision M4 candidate missions: presentation event

Fri, 05 May 2017 12:28:00 UT

ARIEL, THOR, and XIPE, the three candidates for the M4 medium-class mission in ESA's Science Programme, will be presented to the science community at a special event in Paris on 3 July 2017. The deadline to register for this event is 10 June.



ESA identifies new science ideas for future space missions

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:21:00 UT

Last year, ESA called on the scientific community to propose new and innovative science ideas that could be relevant for future space missions within the Science Programme. From the proposals that were received three key areas of interest have been selected for further investigation.



ESA Planetary Science Archive gets a new look

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:54:00 UT

Today, ESA launches a new version of its Planetary Science Archive (PSA) website, the online interface to data from the agency's space science missions that have been exploring planets, moons and other small bodies in the Solar System. With a new design and enhanced search functionalities, the platform now provides a direct and simple access to the scientific data, helping scientists to discover and explore the archive content.