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ESA

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:49:00 UT
CHEOPS:CHEOPS exoplanet mission meets key milestones en route to 2017 launch
ESA’s first small Science Programme mission is ready for construction. The implementation phase has started, meaning that the spacecraft has gone from selection to implementation in less than 18 months.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:22:00 UT
Venus Express:Venus Express rises again
After a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus down to just 130 km from the planet's surface, ESA's Venus Express is about to embark on a 15 day climb up to the lofty heights of 460 km.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:57:00 UT
XMM-Newton:Bizarre nearby blast mimics Universe's most ancient stars
ESA's XMM-Newton observatory has helped to uncover how the Universe's first stars ended their lives in giant explosions.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:00:00 UT
Hubble:Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth [heic1414]
The Universe is filled with objects springing to life, evolving and dying explosive deaths. This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a snapshot of some of this cosmic movement. Embedded within the egg-shaped blue ring at the centre of the frame are two galaxies. These galaxies have been found to be merging into one and a "chain" of young stellar superclusters are seen winding around the galaxies' nuclei.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:13:00 UT
Rosetta:The three faces of Rosetta's comet
What a difference a week can make. Even in the six days since the last image, the shape of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is becoming much more apparent, although still heavily pixelated.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:41:00 UT
Cassini-Huygens:Cassini-Huygens Participating Scientists
Announcement of Opportunity 2014

The scientific community is invited to submit proposals for participation to the Cassini-Huygens mission through the Participating Scientists (PS) programme. This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is issued jointly by ESA, NASA, and ASI. A brief statement of work is due on 28 July 2014; the full proposal is due on 26 September 2014.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:51:00 UT
Cosmic Vision:2nd Workshop on planning for a joint scientific space mission  -  An initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
The scientific communities in Europe and China are invited to present their ideas about a joint scientific mission at the 2nd ESA-CAS workshop that will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23-24 September, 2014.
Wed, 14 May 2014 10:48:00 UT
Rosetta: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 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.
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.

NASA

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Extends Mechanical Systems Engineering Services Contract
NASA has awarded the Mechanical Systems Engineering Services II/A (MSES II/A) Bridge contract extension for engineering services to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA TV Coverage Reset for Sunday Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station
NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is schedule to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sunday, July 13 at 12:52 p.m. EDT.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Spacecraft Observes Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars
Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars’ surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Leading Space Experts to Discuss the Search for Life Beyond Earth
NASA Television will air a panel discussion of leading science and engineering experts on Monday, July 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, who will describe the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Hubble Spots Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed an unusual structure 100,000 light years long, which resembles a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls and winds around the cores of two colliding galaxies.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA TV Coverage Set for Saturday Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station
NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is schedule to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Saturday, July 12 at 1:14 p.m. EDT.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Announces Winners of Challenge to Design Hurricane-Tracking Uncrewed Aerial Systems
NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Next Space Station Crew to Participate in NASA TV Briefing, Media Interviews
The next crew to launch to the International Space Station (ISS), including NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, will participate in a NASA Television news conference and media interviews Wednesday, July 16, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Testing Completed on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Backplane
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS) moving the telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch.
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Invites Media to Facility Renaming Ceremony in Honor of Neil Armstrong
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is renaming one of its iconic facilities in honor of legendary astronaut and the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
 
 

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