News & Events
— October 4, 2017

Monitoring microbes to keep Marsonauts healthy To guarantee a safe environment for astronauts on long-duration space missions such as a journey to Mars, it is important to monitor how microorganisms such as bacteria adapt to the confined conditions onboard spacecraft, according to a study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Dr Petra Schwendner, University […]


— October 3, 2017

Highlights from the European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Another European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) is over but our meeting in 2017 was truly memorable – for the science presented, for the public and political engagement activities around the event, and for all the fabulous people we met during the week. If you couldn’t make it […]


— October 1, 2017

EPSC 2017 Outreach Sessions – Abstracts and Presentations Once again, the 2017 European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) had a comprehensive and well attended stream of outreach sessions. Below, you can find links to the abstracts, most of the presentations and some pictures of each of the sessions. OEP 1 – Policy & Sociocultural Aspects of Planetary […]


— September 24, 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Press Notice Sunday, 24th September Lava tubes: the hidden sites for future human habitats on the Moon and Mars Lava tubes, underground caves created by volcanic activity, could provide protected habitats large enough to house streets on Mars or even towns on the Moon, according to research presented at the […]


— September 23, 2017

EPSC 2017 saw the launch of the EPEC Network bringing together early-career planetary scientists and space professionals attending the meeting. EPEC events at EPSC 2017 included training workshops on scientific writing and ERC funding opportunities, the first EPSC Outstanding Student Poster Award, and the second EPSC Science Flash competition, where participants had just 180 seconds […]


— 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 – Life in the Universe” shows how planetary scientists are looking for signs of life on other planets, using our very own Earth as a laboratory.