ESSC AT SPACE SUMMIT 2023 17 November, 2023 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kXMenBGiSg&t=4s As the Chair of the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC), Professor Chris Rapley took a commanding stance at the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Summit 2023. Addressing The Council of Ministers, he emphasised the pivotal role of space in addressing climate change. The Council is ESA’s […]
The implosion of the Titan submersible provided a harsh lesson: that the laws of physics are immutable and indifferent to wealth. Similarly ‘global boiling’ will not discriminate. A common trope is that the poor will suffer most. But the rich are not immune. Expensive assets and lifestyles are vulnerable also – to the inevitable economic
So the Mexican extra-terrestrials may have turned out to be cake. And the NASA report on UFOs was inconclusive. But we are surely being watched? The Universe reverberates with physical action, but biological action appears rare. This could be because the lifetimes of technological species are short, or because those that endure choose to hide their
Revolution Space: Europe’s Mission for Space Exploration ESSC Chair Chris Rapley contributes to report as part of the European Space Agency Director General’s High Level Advisory Group on Human and Robotic Exploration for Europe (HLAG). April 24, 2023 On 23rd March 2023, the European Space Agency Director General’s High Level Advisory Group on Human and
ESA’s Science Programme Committee (SPC) has confirmed the continued operations of ten scientific missions in the Agency’s fleet
The ESA Science Programme Committee has confirmed on March 7th, the continued operations of Cluster, Gaia, INTEGRAL, Mars Express and XMM-Newton as well as continued contributions to the extended operations of CHEOPS, Hinode, Hubble, IRIS, and SOHO. This was possible thanks to thanks to some significant programmatic risks (related to JUICE and Euclid) having recently
The European Space Agency has just announced the formation of the DG’s High Level Advisory Group on Human and Robotic Space Exploration for Europe.
We congratulate ESSC Chair, Chris Rapley, for being appointed as a member.
We are delighted to announce that Anny Cazenave, ESSC Earth Sciences Panel Chair & Deputy director of the Laboratoire d’Etudes en Geophysique et Oceanographie Spatiale (LEGOS) has received the 2022 Women in Aerospace Europe award.
We are thrilled to announce that ESSC member and University College Dublin Physics Professor, Michael Perryman, has just received the 2022 Shaw Prize in Astronomy in equal shares with Lennart Lindegren, from Lund Observatory, Sweden for their lifetime contributions to space astrometry, and in particular for their role in the conception and design of the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos and Gaia missions.
The latest IPCC report, which came out Monday, April 4th, 2022, warns that policies in place to reduce emissions as of December 2020 would lead the planet to 3.2 degrees Celsius of warming, more than double the 1.5 degrees limit that is essential for avoiding the worst impacts of the climate crisis.