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BepiColombo's launch date has slipped to August 2015
(Web Page; Wed Jan 16 00:17:00 CST 2013)
ESA announced this morning that the launch of their BepiColombo mission, a cooperative effort with JAXA, has been delayed from its originally planned July 2014 to the backup launch window in August 2015, stating by way of explanation tha...
Description: ESA announced this morning that the launch of their BepiColombo mission, a cooperative effort with JAXA, has been delayed from its originally planned July 2014 to the backup launch window in August 2015.
Orion service module, Ariane development highlight new ESA budget
(Web Page; Sat Nov 24 15:23:00 CST 2012)
Representatives from the European Space Agency’s 20 member states and Canada approved a 10 billion euro budget (13 billion U.S. dollars) for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy. Unlike NASA, the ES...
Description: Representatives from the ESA approved a 10 billion euro budget for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy.
Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: Introduction
(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:00:00 CDT 2012)
Every year at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference there is a weekend meeting co-hosted by Brown University and the Vernadsky Institute called "Microsymposium," with a narrowly-defined theme. This year's Microsymposium was titled ...
Description: Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: Introduction
Europe Will Select Its Next Major Science Mission in November
(Web Page; Tue Oct 22 18:32:00 CDT 2013)
Last spring, the European Space Agency (ESA) put out a call for concepts for its next two €1-billion science missions. If history proves to be a guide, there's a good chance that one of the selected concepts will be a solar system m...
Description: The European Space Agency will announce two major science missions this November, one of which is likely to be devoted to solar system exploration.
What are Mercury's hollows?
(Web Page; Tue Feb 18 09:39:00 CST 2014)
Whenever I talk about the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, one discovery that I always mention is these strange features that the science team has dubbed "hollows." Nothing quite like them has been seen on any other world. A geomorphic myst...
Description: I've been fascinated by Mercury's hollows ever since MESSENGER discovered them. Two recent papers look at where they are found to try to figure out how they form.