ARIEL mission to reveal 'Brave New Worlds' among exoplanets
Publication date: 16 July 2015
An ambitious European mission is being planned to answer fundamental questions about how planetary systems form and evolve. ARIEL will investigate the atmospheres of several hundreds planets orbiting distant stars. It is one of three candidate missions selected last month by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its next medium class science mission, due for launch in 2026. The ARIEL mission concept has been developed by a consortium of more than 50 institutes from 12 countries, including UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal. The mission will be presented today at the Pathways 2015 conference in Bern, Switzerland, by ARIEL’s Principal Investigator, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of UCL.
Dr. Geraint Jones: Pluto’s moons in sharper focus
Publication date: 15 July 2015
Dr. Geraint Jones, Reader in Planetary Science at UCL, highlights Pluto's moons in his recent article for The Conversation: "New Horizons brings Pluto’s mysterious moons into sharper focus".
Pluto and Charon - A Planetary Waltz, in celebration of NASA's New Horizon Mission
Publication date: 15 July 2015
Prof. Andrew Coates: There is still lots more solar system exploration to do...
Publication date: 14 July 2015
In his recent article for The Conversation: "Fly-by missions: what is the point when we have the technology to go into orbit?", Prof. Andrew Coates, Head of Planetary Science at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at UCL, discusses the significance of fly-by missions, including the recently successful NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto, and the importance of continued solar system exploration.
Prof. Ian Crawford awarded Leverhulme Trust research grant to study what the Moon may tell us about the history of the Milky Way
Publication date: 1 April 2015
The new grant, entitled Assessing the potential of lunar geology as a window into galactic history, was awarded to Professor Crawford and colleagues Dr Pieter Vermeesch (UCL) and Dr Katherine Joy (University of Manchester). Dr Louise Alexander, who obtained both her B.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in planetary science from Birkbeck, will be employed as researcher on the project.
Venus is slowly losing its atmosphere
Publication date: 26 February 2015
New research on ionospheric photoelectrons in the tail of Venus, led by CPS members at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), shows that the planet is losing 300kg of its atmosphere per day. The research, from two papers published in the journal Planetary and Space Science, is based on data from the ASPERA-4 electron spectrometer on ESA's Venus Express spacecraft.
Twinkle: A UK-led, fast-track space mission to study exoplanet atmospheres
Publication date: 6 February 2015
A team led by CPS members Dr Giovanna Tinetti (Lead Scientist) and Dr Marcell Tessenyi (Project Manager) aims to build and launch, within the next 3 to 4 years, a small and cost-effective UK-built spacecraft called Twinkle, dedicated to the observation of exoplanet atmospheres. This ambitious project is achievable by working together with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and reusing an existing platform.
Saturn moon Hyperion charging is a Cassini Top 10 discovery of 2014!
Publication date: 18 January 2015
Research about Hyperion's Electrostatically Charged Surface led by CPS member Dr Tom Nordheim (MSSL) and fellow CPS members Prof. Andrew Coates and Dr Geraint Jones makes the Cassini team’s top picks for the mission’s 10 most interesting science findings of 2014.
How landslides on Mars might reveal more than they cover up: new insights into Mars' sedimentary budget
Publication date: 7 October 2014
APEX meetings starting this week 17 Oct
Publication date: 15 October 2013
The Astrobiology and Planetary Exploration (APEX) meetings will resume this Thursday 17 October at 13:00 in the Garwood Lecture Theatre (UCL South Wing). The full APEX programme for this term is now available.
The first talk will be given by Dr Adrian Jones on:
"Lonsdaleite Diamond as an Indicator of Shock in Meteorites"