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on my webpage! I am an experienced spacecraft analyst at the European Space Operations Centre via Telespazio Germany GmbH. Currently, I am the analyst for the X-ray astronomy mission XMM-Newton, but have worked as an analyst for almost all Earth Explorer spacecrafts previously. In the past I have worked as an astrophysicist studing accreting neutron stars and cosmological neutrino sources. For more details please have a look at the “About me” menu.

ESA Space Science News

The following news are a copy of the ESA space science news, for which I thank ESA for authorization. In order to read the full articles please follow the corresponding links.

Webb snaps first image of aligned jets from newborn stars

20/06/2024

For the first time, a phenomenon astronomers have long hoped to image directly has been captured by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope’s Near-InfraRed Camera (NIRCam). In this stunning image of the Serpens Nebula, the discovery lies in the northern area of this young, nearby star-forming region.
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Too young to be so cool: lessons from three neutron stars

20/06/2024

ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Chandra spacecraft have detected three young neutron stars that are unusually cold for their age. By comparing their properties to different neutron star models, scientists conclude that the oddballs’ low temperatures disqualify around 75% of known models. This is a big step towards uncovering the one neutron star ‘equation of state’ that rules them all, with important implications for the fundamental laws of the Universe.
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Scientists spot hidden companions of bright stars

20/06/2024

Detecting faint objects close to bright stars is incredibly difficult. Yet, by combining data from ESA's Gaia space telescope with ESO’s GRAVITY instrument on the ground, scientists managed just that. They captured the first light signals of so far unseen dim companions of eight luminous stars. The technique unlocks the tantalising possibility to capture images of planets orbiting close to their host stars.
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Metallic Mars

18/06/2024

Rusty in appearance and magnificent in detail, a new image of the Mawrth Vallis region on Mars reveals a world rich in iron, magnesium and aluminium.
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Can't stop won't stop: Solar Orbiter shows the Sun raging on

18/06/2024

The hyperactive sunspot region responsible for the beautiful auroras earlier in May was still alive and kicking when it rotated away from Earth’s view. Watching from the other side of the Sun, the ESA-led Solar Orbiter mission detected this same region producing the largest solar flare of this solar cycle. By observing the Sun from all sides, ESA missions reveal how active sunspot regions evolve and persist, which will help improve space weather forecasting.
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First Plato camera

11/06/2024

The activities to integrate Plato’s cameras have started in OHB’s Space Centre & Optics facility in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
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Frosty volcanoes discovered in Mars’s tropics

10/06/2024

ESA’s ExoMars and Mars Express missions have spotted water frost for the first time near Mars’s equator, a part of the planet where it was thought impossible for frost to exist.
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Webb finds most distant known galaxy

30/05/2024

Using the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, scientists have found a record-breaking galaxy observed only 290 million years after the Big Bang.
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Fly across Nili Fossae with ESA’s Mars Express

29/05/2024

Mars’s surface is covered in all manner of scratches and scars.
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Five new stunning images from Euclid’s Telescope

24/05/2024

ESA’s Euclid space mission has released five unprecedented new views of the Universe.
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ESA's Euclid celebrates first science with sparkling cosmic views

23/05/2024

ESA is releasing a new set of full-colour images captured by the space telescope Euclid.
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Euclid celebrates first science with sparkling new images

23/05/2024

Today, ESA’s Euclid space mission releases five unprecedented new views of the Universe.
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The eye of the crater

15/05/2024

 
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SOHO’s view of the 11 May 2024 solar storm

15/05/2024

Over the weekend of 10–12 May 2024, Earth was struck by the largest solar storm in more than a decade.
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Research Fellows in space science 2024

07/05/2024

ESA has selected 12 new Fellows to pursue their own independent research in space science in 2024.
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