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The preparations for the Square Kilometre Array are advancing: construction is due to begin in 2020. An EU-funded project team working on infrastructure was one of several groups involved in the detailed design of this instrument, which will be co-located on two continents. In Australia, 133 000 antennas are to be deployed - and that's just for starters.
Published: 19 March 2018
An EU-funded research network has studied the threat of space junk and asteroids, helping to minimise their risks and better protect our planet, satellites and spaceships from potentially catastrophic hits.
Published: 30 November 2017
Imagine our galaxy as a huge living organism, with its own skeleton and its own evolution. The Via Lactea project, after three years of research, has put together a big database about the area of the universe that hosts our galaxy.
Published: 24 April 2017
Published: 31 January 2017
Published: 23 May 2016
More than 95% of our universe comes in the mysterious form of dark matter and dark energy that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Dr Catherine Heymans leads a team of researchers who were the first to 'map' dark matter on the largest of scales. She now uses her research to confront Einstein's theory of general relativity in an attempt to explain the nature of dark energy.
Published: 21 April 2016
People can now access millions of scientific data resources about our planet thanks to the EUROGEOSS project. EUROGEOSS (European approach to the global Earth observation system of systems), backed under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 6.1 million, has developed an innovative way to search thousands of Earth observation catalogues.
Published: 26 February 2016
Farmers and forest managers need to monitor vital land management activities and changes in vegetation. They are just two potential end-users of a comprehensive new satellite-based earth monitoring system providing free, full and open mapping data to boost management and protection of the environment.
Published: 7 January 2016
When we look at galaxies far, far away, we don't see them as they are today. We see them as they were a long time ago, because their light takes a while to reach us. These images could easily fade on their epic journey, but "natural telescopes" in their path enable astronomers to study some of these postcards from the distant past.
Published: 20 November 2015
The TeraComp project has developed a state-of-the-art 'terahertz receiver' that may help detect traces of life in space. The technology could be used in a 'sub-millimetre spectrometer' for measuring wavelengths of light during the first ESA mission to Jupiter's moons, planned for launch in 2022.
Published: 2 October 2015