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— September 22, 2017

The Call for the Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme 2018 and Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2018 is now open. Are you looking for funding to kickstart an outreach project related to planetary science? Or have you run a successful outreach project for which you deserve some recognition? Applications are now open for the Europlanet Outreach Funding […]


— September 22, 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Press Notice Friday, 22nd September ‘Crash Scene Investigation’ reveals resting place of SMART-1 impact Observations of the Moon have revealed the final resting place of the European Space Agency’s first lunar mission, SMART-1. The spacecraft was sent into a controlled impact with the lunar surface 11 years ago. Although an […]


— September 21, 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Press Notice Thursday, 21st September Solar eruption ‘photobombed’ Mars encounter with Comet Siding Spring When Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passed just 140,000 kilometres from Mars on 19th October 2014, depositing a large amount of debris in the martian atmosphere, space agencies coordinated multiple spacecraft to witness the largest meteor […]


— September 21, 2017

Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure Press Release 21st September 2017 Diamonds show Earth still capable of ‘superhot’ surprises Diamonds may be ‘forever’ but some may have formed more recently than geologists thought. A study of 26 diamonds, formed under extreme melting conditions in the Earth’s mantle, found two populations, one of which has geologically ‘young’ ages. […]


— September 21, 2017

Are we alone in the Universe? You have probably asked yourself this question at some point. Europlanet’s new video, “Astrobiology – Live in the Universe” shows how planetary scientists are looking for signs of life on other planets, using our very own Earth as a laboratory.


— September 20, 2017

EPSC 2017 Press Briefings will be streamed live at 13:00 Eastern European Time (10:00 UTC) on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st September. EPSC 2017 Press Briefing – Thursday, 21st September, 13:00-13:40 Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3) – Cassini/Comet Siding Spring encounter with Mars Cassini – Scott Edgington, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Cassini/Dust in the Outer Solar System as measured […]


— September 19, 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Press Notice Tuesday, 19th September What do we need to know to mine an asteroid? The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our Solar System. To make this concept a reality, we need […]


— September 19, 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Press Notice Tuesday, 19th September Nanosat fleet proposed for voyage to 300 asteroids A fleet of tiny spacecraft could visit over 300 asteroids in just over three years, according to a mission study led by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The Asteroid Touring Nanosat Fleet concept comprises 50 spacecraft propelled by […]


— September 19, 2017

Size matters in the detection of exoplanet atmospheres A group-analysis of 30 exoplanets orbiting distant stars suggests that size, not mass, is a key factor in whether a planet’s atmosphere can be detected. The largest population-study of exoplanets to date successfully detected atmospheres around 16 ‘hot Jupiters’, and found that water vapour was present in […]


— September 18, 2017

Dr Simone Marchi, an Italian scientist working at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, has been awarded the seventh Paolo Farinella Prize in 2017 for his contributions to understanding the impact history and physical evolution of the inner Solar System. The award ceremony was hosted today at the 12th European Planetary Science Congress in […]