News & Events
— 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 […]


— September 18, 2017

Live streaming of sessions and press briefings at EPSC 2017 Selected talks from sessions and press briefings will be streamed live from the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 in Riga. World-wide live broadcast of the European Planetary Science Congress 2017 is provided by Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) – telecommunication industry leader and one of the most […]


— September 18, 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Press Notice Monday, 18th September Devilish source of dust in atmosphere of Earth and Mars Swirling columns of sand and dust, known as dust devils, are a feature of desert areas on Mars and on Earth. Now, a study of terrestrial dust devils has shown that around two thirds of […]


— September 18, 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Press Notice Studies of ‘Crater Capital’ in the Baltics show impactful history Studies of craters in the Baltics (Estonia) are giving insights into the many impacts that have peppered the Earth over its long history. In southeastern Estonia, scientists have dated charcoal from trees destroyed in an impact to prove […]


— September 15, 2017

Professor Nicholas Achilleos of University College London (UCL) Physics & Astronomy has been at JPL for the Cassini End of Mission Event. I am writing this  just after the End of Mission event. They announced the ‘loss of signal’ from Cassini in the last few minutes – and this is the sign of a transmission […]


— September 15, 2017

It’s very sad to say goodbye to Cassini today, but it’s also a chance to celebrate the mission’s many achievements. As well as Cassini-Huygen’s extraordinary scientific contribution, it has had a huge impact on the planetary science community around  the world.  Europlanet is a direct result of the collaboration between the European scientists involved in […]