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on my webpage! I’m a spacecraft analyst at the European Space Operations Centre via Telespazio Germany GmbH. In particular, I am a member of a large team operating Earth Explorer spacecrafts. 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.

Ready, set, go! Euclid begins its dark Universe survey

14/02/2024

Today, ESA’s space telescope Euclid begins its survey of the dark Universe. Over the next six years, Euclid will observe billions of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic history. Learn how the team prepared Euclid in the months after launch for this gigantic cosmic quest.
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Sun's surprising activity surge in Solar Orbiter snapshot

13/02/2024

See how the Sun changed between February 2021 and October 2023.
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XMM-Newton spots a black hole throwing a tantrum

01/02/2024

Black holes are like temperamental toddlers. They spill food all the time, but ESA’s XMM-Newton has caught a black hole in the act of ‘flipping over the table’ during an otherwise civilised meal.This act prevents the galaxy surrounding the black hole from forming new stars, giving us insight into how black holes and galaxies co-evolve.
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Webb reveals structure in 19 spiral galaxies

29/01/2024

A new treasure trove of images from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope showcases near- and mid-infrared portraits of 19 face-on spiral galaxies. This new set of exquisite images show stars, gas, and dust on the smallest scales ever observed beyond our own galaxy.Teams of researchers are studying these images to uncover the origins of these intricate structures. The research community’s collective analysis will ultimately inform theorists’ simulations, and advance our understanding of star formation and the evolution of spiral galaxies.
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Salsa’s last dance targets reentry over South Pacific

26/01/2024


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Hubble finds water vapour in small exoplanet’s atmosphere

25/01/2024

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observed the smallest exoplanet where water vapour has been detected in its atmosphere. At only approximately twice Earth’s diameter, the planet GJ 9827d could be an example of potential planets with water-rich atmospheres elsewhere in our galaxy.
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Return to the labyrinth

24/01/2024

Take another trip through Mars’s ‘labyrinth of night’ – a place unlike any other in the Solar System.
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A massive cluster is born

23/01/2024

This image from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope features an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
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Galactic Chloé - the Gaia mission

19/12/2023

For Gaia’s 10-year anniversary, ESA champion Galactic Chloé and the ESA Gaia team are very happy to collaborate to tell the space mission's story.
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Gaia's 10th anniversary

19/12/2023

Ten years ago, on 19 December 2013, ESA’s billion star-mapping satellite Gaia launched.
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Space Team Europe for Euclid: Laurent Brouard

30/11/2023

Focus on Euclid with Laurent Brouard: “I’m going to show you what a telescope that we send into space looks like.
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Space Team Europe for Euclid: Guadalupe Cañas Herrera

29/11/2023

Focus on Euclid with Guadalupe Cañas Herrera: “I’m exactly where I’ve always wanted to be.
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Space Team Europe for Euclid: Henk Hoekstra

28/11/2023

Henk Hoekstra, professor of observational cosmology at Leiden University, the Netherlands, shares his professional trajectory linked to weak gravitational lensing, a technique used by ESA’s Euclid mission.
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A prominent protostar in Perseus

28/11/2023

This new Picture of the Month from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope reveals intricate details of the Herbig Haro object 797 (HH 797).
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Space Team Europe for Euclid: Jean-Charles Cuillandre

27/11/2023

Focus on Euclid with Jean-Charles Cuillandre: “What we see in the first Euclid images is a promise of what will come in the future.
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