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New Shine for Sunrise’s Telescope

October 07, 2019

The balloon mission Sunrise, which aims a high-resolution telescope at the Sun from a flight altitude of more than 35 kilometers, is preparing for its next flight. The observatory is scheduled to embark on its third expedition in the summer of 2021 ...

"The Moon is one of the most important archives"

July 16, 2019

Twelve people have landed on the Moon, exploring its surface. However, there was just one scientist among the astronauts – the geologist Harrison Schmitt. He visited the Earth’s satellite in December 1972, on board the Apollo 17, the last mission of ...

Rosetta stamp released in Germany

July 01, 2019

The German postal service “Deutsche Post” has dedicated a stamp to ESA’s comet mission Rosetta. The stamp with a value of 60 cents is officially released today as part of a special series of stamps devoted to topics related to space and astrophysics ...

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Awards for two young MPS scientists

March 02, 2018

During the Symposium of the International Astronomical Union in Jaipur (India) Mariangela Viviani and Vincent Böning were rewarded with the "Best Poster Award" in their sessions.

Unexpected surprise: a final image from Rosetta

September 28, 2017

After more than 12 years in space, and two years following Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as they orbited the Sun, Rosetta’s historic mission concluded on 30 September with the spacecraft descending onto the comet in a region hosting several ancient ...

Axion research: CAST experiment sets new record for measuring accuracy

May 05, 2017

The universe needs new particles: Many phenomena cannot be satisfactorily explained on the basis of the elementary particles known today. One such new, hypothetical particle is the axion. The CAST experiment at CERN has been searching for axions from ...

ERC Starting Grant for Alexander Shapiro

March 13, 2017

The Sun is an unusual star - even when compared to those which resemble it in size, luminosity, and magnetic properties. Investigations of the past years show that the Sun’s brightness variations following an eleven year cycle are markedly weaker ...

Dawn: Soaring to new heights

November 18, 2016

Rosetta landing on 30 September 2016

September 08, 2016

Rosetta has very successfully studied comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko for more than two years and has sent spectacular images and data back to Earth. With increasing distance from the Sun the electrical energy generated by Rosetta’s solar panels ...

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