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Astronomy / Space Science - 27.05.2019
Getting to Mars, whatever it takes
Sending manned missions to Mars is essential, according to Pierre Brisson, the president of Mars Society Switzerland, "because we can." We spoke with him about this challenge while he was at EPFL recently to give a talk.  Pierre Brisson, a planetology enthusiast who heads the Swiss chapter of the Mars Society, believes in the need to send people to Mars.

Life Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 15.05.2019

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 15.05.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 14.05.2019

Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 13.05.2019
Spotlight on the pulse of our planet
Spotlight on the pulse of our planet
13 May 2019 Satellites deliver crucial information to help solve what is our biggest global problem: climate change.

Astronomy / Space Science - 13.05.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 09.05.2019
Maritime microsatellite ESAIL to test the waters as launch contract is signed
Maritime microsatellite ESAIL to test the waters as launch contract is signed
9 May 2019 The first commercial microsatellite developed under ESA's SAT-AIS programme for tracking ships, called ESAIL, has passed another milestone.

Innovation - Astronomy / Space Science - 08.05.2019
UofG aims for the stars at official opening of space research lab
The University of Glasgow's stellar ambitions were given a boost today (Wednesday 8 May) with the opening of the School of Engineering's space research lab.

Astronomy / Space Science - 07.05.2019

Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 06.05.2019
Recognising sustainable behaviour
Recognising sustainable behaviour
6 May 2019 Solving the growing problem of space debris will require everyone who flies rockets and satellites to adhere to sustainable practices, which doesn't always happen.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 06.05.2019
Comfortably to simulated Mars
Comfortably to simulated Mars
In cooperation with Empa, the Austrian Space Forum (ÖFW) is developing the "Serenity" space suit - a prototype for a Mars suit.

Astronomy / Space Science - 02.05.2019
Observing Gaia from Earth to improve its star maps
Observing Gaia from Earth to improve its star maps
2 May 2019 While ESA's Gaia mission has been surveying more than one billion stars from space, astronomers have been regularly monitoring the satellite's position in the sky with telescopes across the world, including the European Southern Observatory in Chile, to further refine Gaia's orbit and ultimately improve the accuracy of its stellar census.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 02.05.2019
Hera's APEX CubeSat will reveal the stuff that asteroids are made of
Hera’s APEX CubeSat will reveal the stuff that asteroids are made of
2 May 2019 From Earth asteroids appear as little more than dots in the sky. Europe's miniature APEX spacecraft will operate as a mineral prospector in deep space, surveying the make-up of its target asteroids down to individual boulders, helping prepare the way for future mining missions.

Astronomy / Space Science - 02.05.2019
Pinpointing Gaia to Map the Milky Way
Pinpointing Gaia to Map the Milky Way
Eso1908 — Organisation Release ESO's VST helps determine the spacecraft's orbit to enable the most accurate map ever of more than a billion stars 2 May 2019 This image, a composite of several observations captured by ESO's VLT Survey Telescope (VST), shows the ESA spacecraft Gaia as a faint trail of dots across the lower half of the star-filled field of view.

Astronomy / Space Science - 01.05.2019
Hera's CubeSat to perform first radar probe of an asteroid
Hera’s CubeSat to perform first radar probe of an asteroid
1 May 2019 Small enough to be an aircraft carry-on, the Juventas spacecraft nevertheless has big mission goals.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 01.05.2019
The 'Little' Computer Cluster That Could
The ’Little’ Computer Cluster That Could
PDSF, which switched off in April, had a storied history in serving high-energy physics and nuclear physics experiments Decades before "big data" and "the cloud" were a part of our everyday lives and

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 30.04.2019
Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Elected as National Academy of Sciences Members
New NAS members (from left to right) Roger Falcone, Pamela Ronald, Uros Seljack, and Omar Yaghi.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 26.04.2019

Law - Astronomy / Space Science - 19.04.2019
New space race: Essays from Jackson School symposium explore changing law, policy
New space race: Essays from Jackson School symposium explore changing law, policy
A new space race is underway, characterized by a growing number of government and private players and three intersecting trends: democratization, commercialization and militarization.

Astronomy / Space Science - Health - 18.04.2019
Soon, kidneys-on-a-chip will rocket to space station
Soon, kidneys-on-a-chip will rocket to space station
UW scientists are prepping a  kidney-on-a-chip  experiment at Cape Canaveral, Florida, awaiting a shuttle launch that will take the chips into space.

Astronomy / Space Science - 15.04.2019
UQ rocketeers rocketing ahead
UQ rocketeers rocketing ahead
Experiments furthering humanity's ambitions in space are to be launched later this week by University of Queensland students.

Astronomy / Space Science - 12.04.2019
Rocket break-up provides rare chance to test debris formation
Rocket break-up provides rare chance to test debris formation
12 April 2019 The discarded 'upper stage' from a rocket launched almost ten years ago has recently crumbled to pieces. "Leaving a trail of debris in its wake, this fragmentation event provides space debris experts with a rare opportunity to test their understanding of such hugely important processes", explains Tim Flohrer, ESA's Senior Space Debris Monitoring Expert.

Astronomy / Space Science - 12.04.2019
Mandelbaum Elected Spokesperson for LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration
Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor of Physics Rachel Mandelbaum has been elected as the spokesperson for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope's (LSST) Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC).

Astronomy / Space Science - 12.04.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 11.04.2019
Stars and stories: UW astronomer Emily Levesque gathering material for book on 'true tales of observational astronomy'
Stars and stories: UW astronomer Emily Levesque gathering material for book on ’true tales of observational astronomy’
A bear in a hallway, a tarantula on a wall, a man attacking a telescope with a gun, lightning strikes, mountain living - so many stories.

Astronomy / Space Science - 11.04.2019

Music - Astronomy / Space Science - 11.04.2019
How many senses do we have? Teju Cole says the answer is complicated
Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching. Ask anyone around you to name the senses, and they would almost certainly pick those five definitions-ones that trace back through centuries of Western thinking.

Astronomy / Space Science - 11.04.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - 11.04.2019
Europe's institutions consider using Ariane 6 and Vega-C
Europe’s institutions consider using Ariane 6 and Vega-C
11 April 2019 ESA and Arianespace are giving full support to European institutional customers to launch their missions on Ariane 6 and Vega-C.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 05.04.2019
ExoMars carrier module prepares for final pre-launch testing
ExoMars carrier module prepares for final pre-launch testing
5 April 2019 The module that will carry the ExoMars rover and surface science platform from Earth to Mars has arrived in Italy for final integration preparations.

Astronomy / Space Science - 05.04.2019
BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise
BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise
5 April 2019 Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready

Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 05.04.2019
A decade-long quest to build an ecosystem in a room
A decade-long quest to build an ecosystem in a room
5 April 2019 Yesterday the MELiSSA pilot plant at the University of Barcelona celebrated 10 years spent demonstrating the ideal technologies to recycle waste from space missions into air, water and food. As astronauts explore farther into our Solar System, there will be a need to reduce the reliance on supplies brought from Earth.

Astronomy / Space Science - Health - 05.04.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 05.04.2019
How a startup plans to clean up space
How a startup plans to clean up space
Engineers working on the CleanSpace One project at EPFL's Space Center have come up with a way of capturing and destroying the space debris that has built up over 60 years of low-orbit activities. That team has now founded a startup, ClearSpace, to further develop and market the technology. Since 2012, engineers at EPFL's Space Center have been hard at work on a new junk-clearing satellite to capture debris orbiting the earth.

Astronomy / Space Science - 04.04.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 03.04.2019
ESA boosts startup to the Moon
ESA boosts startup to the Moon
3 April 2019 European Space Agency operations specialists are helping flight planners at new European space startup PTScientists , headquartered in Berlin, pilot their way to the Moon.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 03.04.2019
LIGO resumes gravitational wave search after upgrades
LIGO resumes gravitational wave search after upgrades
With some Stanford-led upgrades, the gravitational wave detector LIGO is back online after a year of work. It's now more sensitive than ever to spacetime ripples and will be joined by other detectors around the world. After more than a year-long hiatus, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is back online and more sensitive than ever to the tiny ripples in spacetime generated when black holes and dead stars collide.

Astronomy / Space Science - 02.04.2019
ESA and DLR in joint study to support deep space missions
ESA and DLR in joint study to support deep space missions
2 April 2019 An existing deep-space dish antenna at the DLR Weilheim site, near Munich, may offer an almost-readymade solution to the problem of providing sufficient ground station capacity to support ESA's current and future deep-space exploration missions.

Innovation - Astronomy / Space Science - 02.04.2019
ESA's 'Cubesat central' for smaller missions into space
ESA’s ’Cubesat central’ for smaller missions into space
2 April 2019 ESA has set up a dedicated unit to work on the standardised nanosatellites called 'CubeSats', teaming up with European companies to develop low-cost technology-testing missions. Missions in preparation include a double CubeSat to test rendezvous and docking techniques, and one to explore near-Earth asteroids.

Astronomy / Space Science - 01.04.2019
It takes a team
It takes a team
1 April 2019 Look again at that Space Station. That's there. That's home for a crew of six astronauts.

Astronomy / Space Science - 29.03.2019
Exoplanet satellite ready
Exoplanet satellite ready
ESA's Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, was recently declared ready to fly after completing a series of final spacecraft tests.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 29.03.2019
La Silla Observatory turns 50!
La Silla Observatory turns 50!
ESO's first observatory celebrates half a century of astronomical research Since its inauguration in 1969, ESO's La Silla Observatory has been at the forefront of astronomy.

Astronomy / Space Science - 28.03.2019
ESA and NASA to team up on lunar science
ESA and NASA to team up on lunar science
ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, and Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, signed a Statement of Intent to coordinate joint science research about the Moon and identify opportunities for lunar mission cooperation.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 28.03.2019
Upgraded detectors to resume Nobel Prize winning hunt for gravitational waves
UK astrophysicists, including a team from the University of Birmingham, are gearing up to resume the search for gravitational waves, the ripples in space time caused by some of the universe's most spectacular events.

Astronomy / Space Science - 25.03.2019
Experimental study of convection in the compressible regime
Publication by LGL-TPE in Phys. Rev. Fluids on March 25, 2019. Abstract: An experiment of thermal convection with significant compressible effects is presented.

Astronomy / Space Science - Mechanical Engineering - 25.03.2019
More efficient satellite launch platform on the horizon
More efficient satellite launch platform on the horizon
An efficient and cost-effective satellite launch platform could soon be a reality in Australia thanks to a world first engine that's being developed by University of Sydney combustion experts. As part of a global industry research project, combustion experts from the University of Sydney's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering are one step closer to developing a more efficient and cost-effective access to space platform for satellite launches.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 22.03.2019
Water in space
Water in space
Did you know that up to 80% of the water on the International Space Station is recycled? Astronauts living and working 400 km above our planet might prefer not to think about it, but the water they d

Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 22.03.2019
Satellites key to addressing water scarcity
Satellites key to addressing water scarcity
Today is World Water Day, but with millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggling to cope in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, the notion of water shortages may not be at the forefront of our minds right now.

Astronomy / Space Science - Health - 20.03.2019
Lecture to explore the hunt for other worlds, life on other planets
The number of confirmed planets beyond our solar system, or exoplanets, now nears 4,000. Citizen scientists have joined the search and recently helped discover an exoplanet in the "habitable zone," the range of distances from a star where liquid water may exist on a planet's surface.
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