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Astrobiology and Planetary Exploration (APEX) Meetings

The APEX series of meetings is held on Thursdays at 1pm in the Garwood Lecture Theatre, located on the 1st Floor of the South Wing, UCL: APEX programme

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Dr Ingo Waldmann

RAS Fowler Award in Geophysics to Dr Ingo Waldmann

Many congratulations to Dr Ingo Waldmann (Physics & Astronomy, UCL) for winning the RAS Fowler Award in Geophysics ‘for his role in the vanguard of developing the statistical theory of exoplanet observations and their interpretation’. More...

ARIEL

ARIEL selected as ESA’s next medium-class science mission

Giovanna Tinetti, a member of the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck, and her team at UCL are leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission. More...

Dr Ingo Waldmann

ERC Starting Grant awarded to Dr Ingo Waldmann

Many congratulations to Dr Ingo Waldmann (Physics & Astronomy, UCL) who has recently been awarded a €1.5M European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for a project entitled: ExoAI - Deciphering super-Earths using artificial intelligence. The project will run for 5 years, starting in January 2018. More...

Hot Jupiter exoplanets

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 according to a UCL-led team of European researchers. More...

Artist’s impression of Cassini in orbit at Saturn

Cassini’s legacy and a final farewell

Many researchers at the UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences said a fond farewell to the Cassini spacecraft when it was plunged into Saturn on 15 September 2017, after 13 years of exploring the giant planet and its moons, leaving an enormous legacy of data. More...

John Guest

Guest crater on the Moon

A crater on the Moon has been named after the late John Guest (1938-2012), a pioneer in volcanology and planetary science, who inspired generations of colleagues and students at UCL for over half a century. During his time at UCL, John established the emerging disciplines of planetary geology and physical volcanology and, in 1980, he founded the first NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility outside the USA.  More...

The International Journal of Astrobiology

The intellectual and social benefits of astrobiology

In a new article soon to be published by the International Journal of Astrobiology, Professor Ian Crawford aims to explain the broader aims of astrobiology:  More...

Professor Ian Crawford

Professor Ian Crawford elected Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society

Congratulations to CPS member Professor Ian Crawford on his recent election to the role of Vice President (Geophysics) of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).   A full report can be found in the Birkbeck news article linked below. More...

ANCIENT HOLDFAST This filament and clump of iron ore (lower right) may have once been a strand of microbial cells attached to rocks around hydrothermal vent openings. Credit: M. Dodd

World’s oldest fossils unearthed

Remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old have been discovered by an international team led by UCL scientists and CPS members PhD student Matthew Dodd and Dr Dominic Papineau, providing direct evidence of one of the oldest life forms on Earth. More...

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First detection of gases in super-Earth atmosphere

CPS members led by UCL PhD student Angelos Tsiaras have made the first successful detection of gases in the atmosphere of a super-Earth,  revealing the presence of hydrogen and helium, but no water vapour. More...

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Jupiter’s southern aurora captured in H3+ by the JUNO infrared imager.

Royal Society meeting: Advances in hydrogen molecular ions: H3+, H5+ and beyond

A scientific discussion meeting entitled 'Advances in hydrogen molecular ions: H3+, H5+ and beyond' is to be held at the Royal Society on 21–22 January 2019, organised by Professor Jonathan Tennyson FRS, Professor Benjamin McCall, and Professor Steven Miller.  More...

Starts: Jan 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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