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ESA Science & Technology



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The cosmic water trail uncovered by Herschel

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:07:00 UT

During almost four years of observing the cosmos, the Herschel Space Observatory traced out the presence of water. With its unprecedented sensitivity and spectral resolution at key wavelengths, Herschel revealed this crucial molecule in star-forming molecular clouds, detected it for the first time in the seeds of future stars and planets, and identified the delivery of water from interplanetary debris to planets in our Solar System.



How Herschel unlocked the secrets of star formation

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:02:00 UT

Surveying the sky for almost four years to observe the glow of cold cosmic dust embedded in interstellar clouds of gas, the Herschel Space Observatory has provided astronomers with an unprecedented glimpse into the stellar cradles of our Galaxy. As a result, giant strides have been taken in our understanding of the physical processes that lead to the birth of stars and their planetary systems.



Cassini concludes pioneering mission at Saturn

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:37:00 UT

The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet's atmosphere.



Hubble observes pitch black planet [heic1714]

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:27:00 UT

Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about WASP-12b's atmosphere. The results are also in stark contrast to observations of another similarly sized exoplanet.



Venus' mysterious night side revealed

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:17:00 UT

Scientists have used ESA's Venus Express to characterise the wind and upper cloud patterns on the night side of Venus for the first time–with surprising results.



XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-17)

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:02:00 UT

Proposals are solicited for observations with XMM-Newton in response to the seventeenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-17, issued 22 August 2017. This AO covers the period May 2018 to April 2019 and is open to proposers from all over the world.



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).



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.