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.
ESSC Chair and University College London Climate Science Professor, Chris Rapley created 2071 in 2015 along with writer Duncan Macmillan and director Katie Mitchell. This piece of theatre is a 65 minute spellbinding performance, where science is centre stage.
The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) condemns the attack on Ukraine, abhors the violence taking place, deplores the human casualties and sacrifices, and implores those in a position to do so to restore peace at the earliest opportunity.
The James Webb Telescope (JWST) is on its way to becoming the first observatory of its kind in deep space. The team has successfully completed the second and third out of seven total phases of mirror alignment. The 18 small mirrors have gone through their initial alignment and focus and can now produce a single image of a star!
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the second part of its sixth assessment report (AR6) on February 28th, 2022. The report provides significant and unequivocal scientific evidence that climate change impacts are dire and being felt across the globe, from intense and frequent floods to droughts and heatwaves. Human-induced climate change will continue to increase for many more decades until global emissions of greenhouse gases are effectively reduced to zero.
The James Webb Space Telescope—the most powerful and complex cosmic observatory ever built—is now fully deployed. After an incredible amount of meticulous planning and almost half a year of deployment and commissioning, in addition to slowly unfolding over two weeks, it is now on a mission to study the earliest stars and explore every phase of cosmic history.
On behalf of the ESSC, season’s greetings & happy new year to you! We thank you for your contribution to our team in 2021, and we look forward to more endeavours in 2022.
Recently published Nature papers report on lunar samples returned by China’s Chang’e-5 mission.