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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Open Days at the Observatory of Geneva

Open Days at the Observatory of Geneva

The Observatory of Geneva celebrates its 250th anniversary with a year of activities for the public between June 2022 and June 2023. To launch these festivities, the Observatory of Geneva opens its doors for a special weekend on 18th and 19th June 2022. Come and discover the researchers of the astronomy department of the University […]

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The chaotic early phase of the solar system

The chaotic early phase of the solar system

An international team of researchers led by the ETH Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS have reconstructed the early history of several asteroids more precisely than ever before. Their results indicate that the early solar system was more chaotic than previously thought, featuring many catastrophic collisions. Before the Earth and […]

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