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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.

Webb reveals an exoplanet atmosphere as never seen before

24/11/2022

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope just scored another first: a molecular and chemical portrait of a distant world’s skies. While Webb and other space telescopes, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have previously revealed isolated ingredients of this heated planet’s atmosphere, the new readings provide a full menu of atoms, molecules, and even signs of active chemistry and clouds. The latest data also give a hint of how these clouds might look up close: broken up rather than as a single, uniform blanket over the planet.
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How Webb's NIRSpec instrument opened up 200 windows to our origins

18/11/2022

Astronomy is driven by big questions, and they don’t come much bigger than wondering how the first stars and galaxies began to form – eventually giving rise to our own existence.
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Webb draws back curtain on Universe’s early galaxies

17/11/2022

The powerful NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope has found an unexpectedly rich ‘undiscovered country’ of early galaxies that has been largely hidden until now.
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Martian dust storms churn up Earth-like clouds

15/11/2022

ESA’s Mars Express has revealed that Mars churns up surprisingly Earth-like cloud patterns that are reminiscent of those in our planet’s tropical regions.
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Solar snake spotted slithering across Sun’s surface

14/11/2022

Solar Orbiter has spotted a ‘tube’ of cooler atmospheric gases snaking its way through the Sun’s magnetic field.
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Euclid completes thermal vacuum testing

10/11/2022

At the Thales Alenia Space test facility in Cannes, France, the massive door of the thermal vacuum chamber was opened after a month of rigorous testing of ESA’s Euclid mission to explore the dark Universe.
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How MIRI became Webb’s coolest instrument

08/11/2022

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope is widely referred to as the successor to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. In reality, it is the successor to a lot more than that. With the inclusion of the Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI), Webb also became a successor to infrared space telescopes such as ESA’s Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Webb's portrait of the Pillars of Creation (MIRI)

28/10/2022

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope’s mid-infrared view of the Pillars of Creation strikes a chilling tone.
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Webb’s instruments showcase the Pillars of Creation (slider)

28/10/2022

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope has revealed two new views of the Pillars of Creation, which was made famous by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, and again in 2014.
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Haunting portrait: Webb reveals dust and structure in Pillars of Creation

28/10/2022

This is not an ethereal landscape of time-forgotten tombs. Nor are these soot-tinged fingers reaching out. These pillars, flush with gas and dust, ‘bury’ stars that are slowly forming over many millennia. The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope has snapped this eerie, extremely dusty view of the Pillars of Creation in mid-infrared light – showing us a new view of a familiar landscape.
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Solar Orbiter’s unprecedented view of the quiet corona

27/10/2022

The ESA-led Solar Orbiter mission has experienced its second close encounter with the Sun.
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Proba-2 sees two partial eclipses

26/10/2022

ESA’s Proba-2 captured two partial solar eclipses on 25 October 2022.
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Webb explores a pair of merging galaxies

25/10/2022

Here, the Webb Picture of the Month of merging galaxies IC 1623 A and B is juxtaposed with a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
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ESA spacecraft catch the brightest ever gamma-ray burst

21/10/2022

An explosive gamma-ray burst, one of the brightest ever detected, lit up in the sky on 9 October 2022.
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Zoom into Webb’s view of the Pillars of Creation

19/10/2022

The Pillars of Creation are set off in a kaleidoscope of colour in the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope’s near-infrared-light view.
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