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Solar Orbiter's first images reveal 'campfires' on the Sun
16 July 2020

The first images from Solar Orbiter, a new Sun-observing mission by ESA and NASA, have revealed omnipresent miniature solar flares, dubbed 'campfires', near the surface of our closest star.

The Euclid space telescope is coming together
9 July 2020

ESA's Euclid mission has reached another milestone on its journey towards launch. Its two instruments are now built and fully tested. These have been delivered to Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France, where they are now being integrated with the telescope to form the mission's payload module.

Mars Express helps uncover the secrets of Perseverance landing site
1 July 2020

Two studies based on ESA's Mars Express observations of Jezero crater, the future landing site for NASA's 2020 Mars Perseverance rover, have shed light on how and when this intriguing area formed – and identified the regions most likely to reveal signs of ancient life.

Solar Orbiter ready for science despite COVID-19 setbacks
29 June 2020

ESA's Solar Orbiter has successfully completed four months of painstaking technical verification, known as commissioning. Despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the spacecraft is now ready to begin performing science as it continues its cruise towards the Sun.

Hubble watches the "flapping" of cosmic bat shadow [heic2012]
25 June 2020

The young star HBC 672 is known by its nickname of Bat Shadow because of its wing-like shadow feature. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has now observed a curious "flapping" motion in the shadow of the star's disc for the first time.

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Watch Solar Orbiter first image release
15 July 2020

Join us on Thursday 16 July for an online press briefing with Solar Orbiter mission experts, who will present the unique first images from ESA's new Sun-observing spacecraft. The event starts at 14:00 CEST (12:00 UTC).

Latest Announcements

Latest Announcements

JWST Cycle 1 Proposal Schedule Update
1 June 2020

The uncertainties resulting from COVID-19 continue to impact the Cycle 1 schedule. STScI, NASA, ESA, and CSA have decided to delay announcing a formal schedule for JWST Cycle 1 GO/AR proposals. A further update on the schedule is anticipated in mid- to late-July.

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Bepi in the sky with stars: photo contest winners announced
30 April 2020

These are the winning entries in the photo competition for amateur astronomers who captured the unique event of the European-Japanese BepiColombo spacecraft's flyby of Earth.

Spacecraft Testing

Spacecraft Testing

#6: Start of assembly and integration for JUICE
26 June 2020

Despite certain operational difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the assembly and integration of the flight model for ESA's JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft has continued with few delays during the first six months of the year.

#5: JUICE begins to take shape
23 October 2019

The assembly of the flight model of ESA's JUICE spacecraft began in September, with the delivery of the spacecraft's primary structure, followed by integration of the propulsion system that will enable the mission to reach and study Jupiter and its moons.

#1: Euclid completes thermal-vacuum balance tests
10 October 2019

This is the first entry in the Euclid Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during testing of the Structural and Thermal Model (STM) and Flight Model (FM) of the spacecraft.

 

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