News & Events
— October 20, 2018

BepiColombo Blasts Off to Mercury The ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission blasted off from Kourou in French Guiana this morning to begin a seven year journey to Mercury. Dr Jörn Helbert, of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and member of the Europlanet team, has been out in Kourou and Indhu Varatharajan, of DLR and Chair of the Europlanet […]


— October 16, 2018

Countdown to BepiColombo Launch! The ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury will launch at 01:45 GMT (03:45 CEST) on 20 October 2018. Members of the Europlanet community involved in the mission will be sharing updates from the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana, and at ESA’s mission control in Darmstadt, Germany on our website, Twitter and Facebook. The […]


— October 1, 2018

Diversity discussions at EPSC 2018 Diversity and inclusion were topics for discussion at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 at Berlin.  On Friday 21st September, we held a networking lunch where participants were asked to discuss questions on how Europlanet can ensure that its activities, events, facilities and services are accessible and inclusive for […]


— October 1, 2018

Highlights of the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 We had a fantastic meeting in Berlin at EPSC 2018! Here is our pick of some of the highlights of the week: The biggest EPSC to date! EPSC 2018 was our largest stand-alone meeting to date with 1018 participants from 44 countries, breaking the record of 960 […]


— September 29, 2018

EPEC @ EPSC 2018 The Europlanet Early Careers (EPEC) network had a busy week at EPSC 2018 in Berlin! Members gathered at the EPEC corner and organised three short courses: Science Cross Talks brought together early career people at the beginning of the conference  to get to know other young scientists and to hear about their […]


— September 21, 2018

Origami opens up smart options for architecture on the Moon and Mars Origami and high-performance textiles are transforming architecture plans for smart human habitats and research stations on the Moon and Mars. Initial field tests of the MoonMars project’s origami prototype will be presented at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin by […]


— September 21, 2018

Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System A catalogue that provides an overview of over 2,200 planetary maps produced worldwide between 1600 and 2018 was presented today at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin. The catalogue has been produced by Henrik Hargitai, from Eötvös […]


— September 21, 2018

Plans for European Astrobiology Institute announced Astrobiology, the study of the origin, evolution and future of life on Earth and beyond, is a multidisciplinary field that has expanded rapidly over the last two decades. Now, a consortium of organisations has announced plans to establish a European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) to coordinate astrobiology research in Europe. […]


— September 20, 2018

Europlanet Society launched at the European Planetary Science Congress 2018 The Europlanet Society, a new membership organisation to promote the advancement of planetary science in Europe, has been launched today at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin. The Society is open to individual and institutional members and builds on the heritage of […]


— September 20, 2018

ScanMars demonstrates water detection device for astronauts on Mars Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water. ScanMars is an Italian experiment that was used to identify subsurface water features in the Mars-like Dhofar region of Oman during the AMADEE-18 analogue mission in February […]