News & Events
— September 29, 2016

Farewell Rosetta! It’s time to say goodbye to Rosetta, the European Space Agency’s comet chaser and one of the most successful planetary missions of all time. Rosetta has spent more than two years orbiting comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko and has sent back the first ever ‘in-situ’, or ring-side, observations of a comet as it approaches the […]


— September 15, 2016

The latest discoveries in planetary science, from comets to the Kuiper belt, will be featured in four press conferences at the joint 48th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and 11th annual European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC). The meeting takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center, […]


— September 9, 2016

Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (RI) is one year old!  We’ve been busy over the last twelve months. Here are some of the highlights from our first year of activities: Access to planetary analogue sites and facilities Europlanet researchers visited the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia to characterise the site’s geology, mineralogy and biology. The site, which hosts at […]


— August 31, 2016

Calls for the EPN2020 Exchange Programme are now open. This programme will provide funding for short visits to improve infrastructure facilities and services offered to the scientific community by the EPN2020 participant laboratories or institutes. Its main objectives are: Support the integration of the inclusiveness states with the European planetary community; Support and engage young […]


— August 16, 2016

First Media Invitation: AAS Division for Planetary Sciences & European Planetary Science Congress meet together in Pasadena, California, 16-21 October 2016 As they do every few years, the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) will hold their annual meetings together in 2016. The […]


— August 1, 2016

University of Athens Observatory – Public Outreach Since 2000 the University of Athens Observatory (UOAO) has maintained the goal of making astronomy accessible to the public and students alike through activities and public events. Every month the Observatory provides lectures on astronomical topics as well as  observing sessions affording people the opportunity to get acquainted with current discoveries in astronomical […]


— August 1, 2016

Outreach, innovation, training and making new friends…  Outreach has been a core part of Europlanet since the project started in 2005, but our activities are just a tiny part of a huge community of enthusiastic and dedicated science communicators across Europe doing fantastic work to engage members of the public, schools and teachers with planetary science. […]


— July 27, 2016

Europlanet has had a busy time at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016 in Manchester! We’ve been asking two important questions: What do you think a comet smells like? Worked metal and fried meat. Old Chanel. Carbon. The Jorvik Viking Centre. Cut grass. Talcum powder. A car air freshener that’s been run over by a […]


— July 5, 2016

Celebrating Juno’s arrival at Jupiter:  Tuesday, 5 July 2016, Athens. The Juno mission has arrived at Jupiter!  NASA received confirmation that spacecraft was inserted into orbit successfully on  8:53pm PDT, 4th July (3:53 UTC, 5th July) 2016.  Join us tonight for a free public event in Athens to celebrate.  If you can’t make it in person, watch live via Google Hangout. When: […]


— June 30, 2016

Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are rich in carbonate minerals, according to a new study led by IAPS-INAF in Italy using data collected with the VIR spectrometer onboard NASA’s Dawn mission. The findings suggest that liquid water has been present beneath the surface of the dwarf planet relatively recently in geological terms. The […]