Tag Archives: space science

Marco Polo-R Mission Pages

Mission pages for Marco Polo-R, a mission under study within ESA’s Cosmic Vision Programme. Published on 27 March 2013.

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Strangely slow pulsar discovered nestled in young supernova remnant

Astronomers have discovered a very slowly rotating X-ray pulsar still embedded in the remnant of the supernova that created it. This unusual object was detected on the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, using data from a number of telescopes, including ESA’s XMM-Newton.

Read the entire article on the ESA Science and Technology website.

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Phobos-Soil mission pages

Background information pages for the Russian-led Phobos-Soil mission, which ended on 15 January 2012 when the spacecraft crashed into the Pacific ocean.

Phobos-Soil (also known by its Russian name, Phobos-Grunt) was designed for a comprehensive study of the larger of the two Martian moons – the first spacecraft dedicated to studying this particular planetary body. The mission consisted of a spacecraft that would observe Phobos and its environment from orbit, a lander that would study it in situ, and a return module that would bring about 100 cubic centimetres of samples from the mysterious moon back to Earth.

Mission Summary

Fact sheet

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Herschel view of the region around Supernova 1987 A

New data from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory have revealed surprisingly large amounts of cold dust in the remnant of the famous supernova SN1987A, which is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighbouring galaxy of the Milky Way, and was first observed 24 years ago. With this discovery, the astronomers confirm that supernovae are able to produce significant quantities of dust over very short time scales.

Read the entire article on the ESA Science and Technology website.

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