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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 UT
Probing the past - Most reliable remote distance measurement yet [heic1423]
Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope astronomers have made what may be the most reliable distance measurement yet of an object that existed in the Universe's formative years. The galaxy is one of the faintest, smallest and most distant galaxies ever seen and measuring its distance with this accuracy was possible due only to the incredibly detailed mapping of how giant galaxy clusters warp the space-time around them.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:00:00 UT
Cassini caught in Hyperion's electron beam
Static electricity is known to play an important role on the airless, dusty Moon, but evidence of surface charging on other objects in the Solar System has been elusive. However, a new analysis of data from the international Cassini mission has revealed that the orbiter was briefly bathed in a beam of electrons coming from the electrostatically charged surface of Saturn's moon, Hyperion.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:17:00 UT
Name Rosetta mission's landing site
ESA and its Rosetta mission partners are inviting you to suggest a name for the site where lander Philae will touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:19:00 UT
ESA confirms the primary landing site for Rosetta
ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown on a comet.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:38:00 UT
Lutetia's dark side hosts hidden crater
Grooves found on Lutetia, an asteroid encountered by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, point to the existence of a large impact crater on the unseen side of the rocky world.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:51:00 UT
Announcement of Opportunity for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team
The Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is a small mission in the ESA Science Programme. Proposals are solicited for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team. Scientists from institutions located in ESA Member States are invited to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 22 October 2014 (12:00 noon CEST).The deadline for receipt of applications in response to this AO has passed.
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.


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Launch of Third Orbital Sciences Mission to Space Station Rescheduled; NASA TV Coverage Reset
The third Orbital Sciences cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Awards Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Support Contract
NASA has awarded the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Support Contract to Science Systems and Applications, Inc., of Greenbelt, Maryland.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA’S Chandra Observatory Identifies Impact of Cosmic Chaos on Star Birth
The same phenomenon that causes a bumpy airplane ride, turbulence, may be the solution to a long-standing mystery about stars’ birth, or the absence of it, according to a new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Administrator to Visit Marshall Space Flight Center; Talks Space Station Oct. 28
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a behind-the-scenes look at the science command post for the International Space Station when he visits NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Oct. 28.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft
SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS).
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Hosts First Agency-wide Social Media Event for Orion’s First Flight Test
NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft’s first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 at each of its 10 centers.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Media Accreditation Opens for Launch of Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission
Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Seeks Ultra-lightweight Materials to Help Enable Journey to Mars
NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares Bullying Prevention Message Ahead of His One-Year Mission
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is scheduled to fly on a one-year spaceflight mission in 2015, is lending his voice to help reduce childhood bullying. As part of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Kelly recorded a special message encouraging bystanders to take action.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT
Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars
This composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet.

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