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03/31/2018 07:02 AM
Winning Rocket Sticker Selected for ESA’s Cheops Mission

A colourful design capturing the essence of ESA’s Cheops mission, which will measure the size of planets as they cross in front of their parent stars, has been selected for the rocket carrying the satellite into space.

More than 300 were submitted to the competition that offered graphic designers and artists the unique opportunity to feature their work on the …

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03/27/2018 11:19 PM
Launch of James Webb Space Telescope Delayed Again

The James Webb Space Telescope is undergoing final integration and testing that will require more time to ensure a successful mission. Following a new assessment of the remaining tasks on the highly complex space observatory, the launch window is now targeted for about May 2020.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a daring endeavour and we need to

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03/26/2018 04:00 AM
Kepler Space Telescope Solves the Mystery of Fast and Furious Explosions

The universe is full of mysterious exploding phenomena that go boom in the dark. One particular type of ephemeral event, called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient (FELT), has bewildered astronomers for a decade because of its very brief duration.

Now, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope — designed to go hunting for planets across our galaxy — has also been used to catch …

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03/25/2018 05:43 AM
Visualise Cosmic Objects Near and Far Across the Electromagnetic Spectrum With ESASky

Meet ESASky, a discovery portal that provides full access to the entire sky. This open-science application allows computer, tablet and mobile users to visualise cosmic objects near and far across the electromagnetic spectrum.

An innovative celestial atlas, the Internet-based application ESASky offers astronomers – professional and amateur alike – an easy way to access high-quality scientific data. It contains over …

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09/15/2017 01:21 AM
NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

"This is the final chapter of an amazing mission, but it’s also a new beginning,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's …

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09/14/2017 12:30 AM
Cassini’s Grand Finale

The international Cassini mission reaches its dramatic finale this Friday (Sept. 15, 2017) by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, concluding 13-years of exploration around the ringed planet.

Here are some upcoming news conferences about the mission...

13 Sept

1PM EST / 5:00 PM GMT / 6:00 PM BST / 19:00 CEST: News conference with a detailed preview of final mission activities …

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09/07/2017 01:07 AM
ESA’s BepiColombo Prepares for Mercury

The ESA’s first mission to Mercury, BepiColombo, is now set for final thermal tests before launching to the hottest planet in our Solar System in October 2018.

Europe said farewell to the spacecraft in July when it was at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in its launch configuration.

BepiColombo is a joint mission …

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09/07/2017 12:55 AM
To Celebrate Voyager’s 40th Anniversary, NASA Beams a Message to the Spacecraft

On Sept. 5, 2017 - the 40th anniversary of Voyager 1’s launch — NASA revealed the winning Message To Voyager and beamed it into space. "Message to Voyager" is a social media campaign inspired by the messages of goodwill carried on the Golden Record aboard each Voyager spacecraft.

NASA invited the public to submit short, uplifting messages to …

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09/07/2017 12:43 AM
Massive Amounts of Energy Swirl Over Jupiter’s Polar Regions

Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected.

Examining data collected by the ultraviolet spectrograph and energetic-particle detector instruments aboard the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft, a team led by Barry Mauk of the Johns Hopkins University Applied …

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09/01/2017 12:19 AM
Want to Become a Solar System Ambassador for NASA?

Could you be one a NASA Solar System Ambassador? If you want to share your passion of space with the public, being one is the perfect platform to do so.

The annual Solar System Ambassadors application period begins on Sept. 1 and ends on Sept. 30. Chosen applicants will begin a one-year, renewable term on Jan. 1, 2018.

The Solar

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