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Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 09.12.2019
EPFL startup heads a mission to clean up space
EPFL startup heads a mission to clean up space
ClearSpace, a spin-off of EPFL's Space Center (eSpace), has been selected to lead a major European Space Agency (ESA) space debris de-orbiting project with a total budget topping ¤100 million.

Astronomy / Space Science - 06.12.2019
Planned launch of the CHEOPS satellite on December 17
Planned launch of the CHEOPS satellite on December 17
The space telescope CHEOPS is scheduled to begin its journey into space on Tuesday, December 17th on board a Soyuz rocket from the European Space Agency (ESA) in Kourou, French Guiana.

Astronomy / Space Science - Business / Economics - 05.12.2019
Swiss space telescope CHEOPS: Rocket launch set for 17 December 2019
Swiss space telescope CHEOPS: Rocket launch set for 17 December 2019
The space telescope CHEOPS is scheduled to begin its journey into space on Tuesday, December 17th on board a Soyuz rocket from the European Space Agency (ESA) in Kourou, French Guiana.

Astronomy / Space Science - Politics - 28.11.2019
ESA Ministerial Council Meeting: Switzerland to participate in new programmes and play a leading role in the removal of space debris
On 27 and 28 November 2019, State Secretary Martina Hirayama attended the European Space Agency's ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Seville ("Space 19+").

Astronomy / Space Science - Event - 26.11.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - Microtechnics - 26.11.2019
An EPFL robot in space
An EPFL robot in space
The crew of the International Space Station has taken delivery of a haptic interface designed by EPFL spin-off Force Dimension. Astronauts could one day use the device, based on the famous delta robot developed at EPFL by Reymond Clavel, to control unmanned Martian and lunar rovers from afar. In a project called METERON, the European Space Agency (ESA) is exploring how advanced robots could be used to repair satellites in orbit or probe hostile environments like the Martian and lunar surfaces.

Astronomy / Space Science - 25.11.2019
Media conference "Launch of the CHEOPS mission"
For the time being, the Swiss space telescope CHEOPS is scheduled to begin its journey into space in mid-December on board a Soyuz rocket from the European Space Agency (ESA) in Kourou, French Guiana.

Astronomy / Space Science - Computer Science / Telecom - 18.11.2019
Katie Bouman, the scientist who reveals the invisible
Katie Bouman, the scientist who reveals the invisible
The first-ever image of a black hole was unveiled to the public this past April. It was produced by a team of 200 scientists as part of the Event Horizon Telescope Project.

Astronomy / Space Science - 30.10.2019
5,000
5,000 "eyes" will track the expansion of the Universe
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), is a US-led project that will measure the accelerated expansion of the Universe in order to reveal the nature of dark energy. The DESI project, which has received significant contributions from EPFL's astrophysicists, is entering its final testing phase, gearing up to charter the skies.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 04.10.2019
Taking sustainability into space
Things are changing in outer space: it is filling with debris, attracting private companies, and raising new technological challenges.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 25.09.2019
SwissCube still going strong 10 years on
The tiny Swiss satellite, launched in September 2009, is still working. The fact that it has lasted so long is a testament to the skills of the students who built it.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 28.08.2019

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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
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