National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS
Gesellschaftsstrasse 6 | 3012 Bern | Switzerland
  +41 31 684 32 39

Author Archive

Swiss space community celebrates initiation of James Webb Space Telescope

Swiss space community celebrates initiation of James Webb Space Telescope

The consortium of the North American (NASA), European (ESA) and Canadian (CSA) space agencies released a series of first images of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) on Tuesday. Swiss contributors from academia, government and industry gathered at the International Swiss Space Institute (ISSI) in Bern to inform about their contributions and projects related to […]

Continue Reading
New insights into the formation of the Earth

New insights into the formation of the Earth

An international team of researchers, led by the ETH Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, suggests a comprehensive new theory for the formation of Earth. Their results could also help to understand how other rocky planets formed – in the Solar System and elsewhere. The Earth has been studied for […]

Continue Reading
Bernese researchers simulate defense of the earth

Bernese researchers simulate defense of the earth

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is the world’s first full-scale planetary defense test against potential asteroid impacts on Earth. Researchers of the University of Bern and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS now show that instead of leaving behind a relatively small crater, the impact of the DART spacecraft on […]

Continue Reading
The University of Bern flies to Jupiter

The University of Bern flies to Jupiter

The JUICE space mission of the European Space Agency ESA is scheduled to fly to Jupiter in spring 2023 where it is to look for traces of life in three icy moons. The University of Bern is involved in this endeavor as well, amongst others with the NIM mass spectrometer, which is presented in a […]

Continue Reading
“You have to be patient and persistent.”

“You have to be patient and persistent.”

The discovery of the first planet outside our solar system in 1995 gave an enormous boost to planetary research and the search for Earth-like planets. With the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, which brings together researchers from the Universities of Bern, Geneva and Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland is at the forefront […]

Continue Reading
The man with the instruments in space

The man with the instruments in space

Nicolas Thomas wants to understand Mars, comets and the icy moons of Jupiter. To do so, he builds instruments that fly through space on of board space probes. By Brigit Bucher When asked how he came up with the idea of becoming an astrophysicist, the answer comes lightning-fast: “Quite clearly: because of the first moon […]

Continue Reading

Do you like what you see ? Share it!

Share Tweet Share Save Share Email