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Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 26.06.2019
Lunar mission deep in Zermatt's ice
On 17 June, students from EPFL and 12 other European universities headed to Zermatt as part of the IGLUNA project.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 21.06.2019
PSI imaging helps with rocket launches
PSI imaging helps with rocket launches
Components for ESA rockets are illuminated with neutrons Rockets from the European Space Agency ESA fly into space with support from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI. Imaging carried out at PSI in cooperation with Dassault Aviation ensures the quality of certain components of the Ariane 5 and Vega launch vehicles.

Astronomy / Space Science - Event - 07.06.2019
Bern in Space - celebrating 50 years since the moon landing
Bern in Space - celebrating 50 years since the moon landing
At the end of June, the University of Bern is holding a diverse science festival to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing: a multimedia show on Bundesplatz will display milest

Politics - Astronomy / Space Science - 28.05.2019
ESA and EU member states highlight the importance of the space sector
The State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Martina Hirayama, participated to the 'Space Council' of ESA and EU member states in Brussels today.

Astronomy / Space Science - 27.05.2019
Getting to Mars, whatever it takes
Getting to Mars, whatever it takes
Sending manned missions to Mars is essential, according to Pierre Brisson, the president of Mars Society Switzerland, "because we can." We spoke with him about this challenge while he was at EPFL recently to give a talk.  Pierre Brisson, a planetology enthusiast who heads the Swiss chapter of the Mars Society, believes in the need to send people to Mars.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 06.05.2019
Comfortably to simulated Mars
Comfortably to simulated Mars
In cooperation with Empa, the Austrian Space Forum (ÖFW) is developing the "Serenity" space suit - a prototype for a Mars suit.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 05.04.2019
How a startup plans to clean up space
How a startup plans to clean up space
Engineers working on the CleanSpace One project at EPFL's Space Center have come up with a way of capturing and destroying the space debris that has built up over 60 years of low-orbit activities. That team has now founded a startup, ClearSpace, to further develop and market the technology. Since 2012, engineers at EPFL's Space Center have been hard at work on a new junk-clearing satellite to capture debris orbiting the earth.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 20.03.2019
Mercury bound
Mercury bound
Another European Space Agency (ESA) satellite was launched last October: BepiColombo who is heading for Mercury - with Empa technology on board.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 14.03.2019
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS returns spectacular images
Three years ago, on 14 March 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the "ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter" spacecraft.

Innovation / Technology - Astronomy / Space Science - 23.01.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - 20.12.2018

Astronomy / Space Science - 04.12.2018

Astronomy / Space Science - 18.10.2018

Astronomy / Space Science - Chemistry - 28.09.2018
Two Years after Rosetta
Two Years after Rosetta
On September 30, 2016, the active phase of the ESA's Rosetta mission came to an end with the controlled crash landing of the probe on the surface of the comet Chury.

Astronomy / Space Science - Computer Science / Telecom - 19.09.2018
A tool for visualizing academic synergies
A tool for visualizing academic synergies
The Affinity Map showing cross-laboratory collaboration among faculty at EPFL's School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) is now available to the general public. One of its creators will soon be heading off to MIT on a grant to expand his idea to a global scale. Scientists around the world are excited about the new possibilities being offered by advanced data collection and processing methods.

Astronomy / Space Science - 20.08.2018
ESA Earth Observation Mission: Aeolus measures the wind
Bern, 20.08.2018 - On 21 August 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the scientific Earth observation mission Aeolus. The aim of the mission is the global mapping of wind profiles in the atmosphere. These observations, together with information about aerosols and clouds, contribute to an improved understanding of the dynamic processes in the atmosphere and are of great importance for weather forecasting.

Astronomy / Space Science - Event - 18.06.2018

Astronomy / Space Science - 13.06.2018
First UZH Space Hub Research Flight Campaign
First UZH Space Hub Research Flight Campaign
This year the newly opened Innovation Park Zurich repurposed old hangars on the military airfield in Dübendorf into office space, creating a novel combination of airfield and laboratory. This site is now where the UZH Space Hub carries out joint research projects of the University of Zurich and its partners from air and space travel.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 18.05.2018
A day as a young scientist
A day as a young scientist
Physics isn't everyone's favourite subject. At the iLab of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, students experience the material in a different way: with experiments instead of memorising formulas.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 26.04.2018
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS sends first colour images from Mars
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS sends first colour images from Mars
The Mars camera CaSSIS on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned its first colour images of the red planet.

Astronomy / Space Science - 05.04.2018
Space telescope CHEOPS leaves the University of Bern
Space telescope CHEOPS leaves the University of Bern
Construction of the space telescope CHEOPS is finished. The engineers from the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern will package the instrument this week and send it to Madrid, where it will be integrated on the satellite platform.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 14.03.2018

Astronomy / Space Science - 01.02.2018
Astronomy: a Rotating System of Satellite Galaxies Raises Questions
Astronomy: a Rotating System of Satellite Galaxies Raises Questions
Astronomers have examined the distribution and movement of dwarf galaxies in the constellation Centaurus, but their observations do not fit with the standard model of cosmology that assumes the existence of dark matter. The international team of researchers led by the University of Basel reported their findings .

Astronomy / Space Science - 07.12.2017

Astronomy / Space Science - 30.10.2017
Claude Nicollier, forever known as the first Swiss man in space
Claude Nicollier, forever known as the first Swiss man in space
Just 25 years ago, Vaud astronaut Claude Nicollier boarded the Space Shuttle Atlantis for the first of what would be four missions in space.

Astronomy / Space Science - 25.10.2017
Administrative enquiry opened
ETH Zurich is launching an administrative enquiry into allegations made in the Department of Physics.

Astronomy / Space Science - 03.10.2017
"Astronomy has gained a new eye"
The observation of gravitational waves last year captivated professionals in the field. Experts, including at ETH Zurich, expected that this discovery would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Astronomy / Space Science - Event - 07.09.2017
50 years of space exploration at the University of Bern
50 years of space exploration at the University of Bern
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) This year, the University of Bern celebrates 50 years of space exploration.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 06.09.2017
Particle physicists on a quest for
Particle physicists on a quest for "new physics"
EPFL's physicists are moving forward in their efforts to solve the mysteries of the universe. A particle detector made up of 10,000 kilometers of scintillating fiber is under construction and will be added onto CERN's particle accelerator.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 26.06.2017
A gravity researcher in search of weightlessness
A gravity researcher in search of weightlessness
Lavinia Heisenberg is a theoretical physicist. She is reluctant to accept that General Relativity can be used to describe the universe only on the assumption of exotic materials and energy sources.

Astronomy / Space Science - 20.06.2017
Switzerland in pole position in ESA’s new mission
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) PLATO, the largest European exoplanet research mission, was adopted on 20 June 2017 by the European Space Agency at the ESA Scientific Programs Committee meeting. The Universities of Bern and Geneva are heavily involved in this mission, which should enable astronomers to discover and characterize planets the size of the Earth and the "super 'Earths" that orbit around solar type stars in their habitable zone.

Astronomy / Space Science - 22.05.2017
The race to trace TRAPPIST-1h
The race to trace TRAPPIST-1h
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) After 60 hours of non-stop work, researchers at the University of Bern being part of an international team reached their hoped-for goal: They were the first to measure the orbital period for the outermost planet of the famous TRAPPIST-1 system which made headlines worldwide.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 18.05.2017
XENON1T: the most sensitive detector on Earth
Dark matter is one of the basic constituents of the Universe, five times more abundant than ordinary matter.

Astronomy / Space Science - 11.04.2017
A lifelong fascination with planets
Watching Star Trek as a child first inspired Judit Szulágyi's fascination with planets and galaxies.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 02.03.2017
New
New "heart" for CERN’s CMS experiment
CERN's CMS experiment - one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider received a new heart today - a pixel detector much like a high-speed digital camera that snaps images up to 40 million times per second. Earlier today, physicists and engineers at CERN replaced the heart of the Compact Muon Solenoid ( CMS ) experiment, one of the two general purpose particle physics detectors that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012.

Astronomy / Space Science - 22.02.2017
Seven terrestrial exoplanets around a nearby star
Seven terrestrial exoplanets around a nearby star
An international team of astronomers has discovered a compact analogue of our inner solar system about 40 light-years away. Brice-Olivier Demory of the Center of Space and Habitability at the University of Bern, analysed the data collected with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and calculated that the newly detected exoplanets all have masses less or similar to the Earth.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 10.02.2017
Ancient Signals From the Early Universe
Ancient Signals From the Early Universe
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The source of the signal is a long-lost cosmological phenomenon called ‘oscillon'. The journal Physical Review Letters has published the results.

Astronomy / Space Science - 26.01.2017
How fast is the universe expanding? Quasars provide an answer
How fast is the universe expanding? Quasars provide an answer
The H0LiCOW collaboration, a cosmology project led by EPFL and Max Planck Institute and regrouping several research organizations in the world has made a new measurement of the Hubble constant, which indicates how fast the universe is expanding. The new measurement challenges some of the most recent ones, potentially pointing towards new physics beyond the standard cosmological model.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 02.12.2016
European Space Agency’s ESA successful Ministerial Council meeting in Switzerland
Bern, 02.12.2016 - The Ministers responsible for space affairs from ESA Member States came together on 1-2 December 2016 to make important decisions, namely on the strategy to ensure Eu

Astronomy / Space Science - 27.10.2016
Finally red!
Finally red!
Empa researchers have pulled off a masterstroke of ceramics research: as of now, a dark-red ceramic bezel adorns a Swiss luxury watch - a world premiere and stunning example of top-flight materials science.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 24.10.2016
Swiss Researchers Fly Into Weightlessness
The dream of weightlessness came true on Saturday for two researchers from the University of Basel. During a parabolic flight, the scientists tested a newly developed measuring device under reduced gravity. The instrument analyzes the deposition of sediments and is intended to support the search for life on Mars.

Astronomy / Space Science - 21.10.2016
Second research flight into zero gravity
A year ago, the University of Zurich conducted its first parabolic flight for test purposes from Swiss soil. Now a second aircraft is ready for lift-off to research zero gravity: Tomorrow (Saturday), an Airbus A310 ZERO-G is set to take off from the air force base in Dübendorf equipped with scientific experiments from the Universities of Zurich, Basel, Lucerne and ETH Zurich.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 30.09.2016
Rosetta's momentous end
Rosetta’s momentous end
Rosetta's mission is over: After the last signal at 13:20, the spacecraft was crash-landed on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with the ROSINA instrument from Bern taking measurements right until the very end.

Astronomy / Space Science - 29.09.2016
So long and thanks for the probes
For twelve years, the space probe Rosetta served mankind. The European Space Agency (ESA) mission is now drawing to a close as the probe reaches its final resting place on the target comet Tschuri on September 30, 2016.

Astronomy / Space Science - Media - 27.09.2016
Rosetta, ESA’s historic mission, bids farewell after rendez-vous with comet Chury
Bern, 27.09.2016 - Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016.

Astronomy / Space Science - 23.09.2016
SwissCube: seven years in space and still active
SwissCube: seven years in space and still active
23.09.16 - The little Swiss satellite was launched on 23 September 2009 and continues to send back regular reports.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 05.09.2016
First gravitational waves form after 10 million years
This simulation shows how two galaxies merge over a period of 15 millionen years. The red and the blue dots illustrate the two black holes (image: Astrophysical Journal).

Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 11.08.2016
Fewer low clouds in the tropics
Fewer low clouds in the tropics
With the help of satellite data, ETH scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as the earth warms. Since this cloud cover has a cooling effect on the climate, the two-degree warming target may therefore be reached earlier than many models have predicted. It is indisputable that greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere heat up our planet.