News & Events
— September 20, 2018

Candy-pink lagoon serves up salt-rich diet for potential life on Mars The discovery of a microorganism that gives a candy-pink lagoon in central Spain its startling colour is providing new evidence for how life could survive on a high-salt diet on Mars or Europa. The Laguna de Peña Hueca, part of the Lake Tirez system […]

— September 19, 2018

2018 Farinella Prize Awarded to Francis Nimmo for Work on Giant Planets’ Satellite Systems Prof Francis Nimmo, an English scientist working at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been awarded the eighth Paolo Farinella Prize in 2018 for his contributions to understanding of the internal structure and evolution of icy bodies in the Solar […]

— September 19, 2018

ExoMars highlights radiation risk for Mars astronauts, and watches as dust storm subsides European Space Agency/European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 Press Release Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red […]

— September 19, 2018

Early birth and strange chemistry: Mercury studies reveal an intriguing target for BepiColombo **CORRECTED: This release contains revisions/corrections to the paragraphs relating to the chemical composition of Mercury in the version distributed on 18th September.** A month before the planned launch of the joint ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury, two new studies shed light on […]

— September 18, 2018

Agency Night at EPSC 2018 The first (very) full day of the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 wrapped up with Agency Night. The session was moderated by Jean-Pierre Lebreton, EPSC Chair and Athena Coustenis (Europlanet Deputy Coordinator) and included speakers from national and international space agencies: Dr Christian Gritzner (DLR Space Agency) Prof. Heike […]

— September 18, 2018

Looking at Mercury using Virtual Reality Imagine being on Mercury, flying over its craters and dust. You turn around, the sunlight is really strong, but you can see a new arrived probe, BepiColombo. Big solar panels catch your attention and you start notice more and more details of the instruments it has onboard. And the […]

— September 18, 2018

Hit-and-run heist of water by terrestrial planets in the early Solar System A study simulating the final stages of terrestrial planet formation shows that ‘hit-and-run’ encounters play a significant role in the acquisition of water by large protoplanets, like those that grew into Mars and Earth. The results will be presented by Christoph Burger at […]

— September 16, 2018

Europlanet is launching a new Society for the advancement of planetary science in Europe. Find out more about the Europlanet Society and how to join.

— September 13, 2018

Details of press briefings at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 ( will take place at the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin, from Sunday 16 to Friday 21 September 2018. More than 1250 abstracts have been submitted and over 1000 planetary scientists from Europe and around the world […]

— September 10, 2018

Early Career Events and Short Courses at EPSC 2018 The Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Network has organised lots of activities for early career researchers attending EPSC 2018 in Berlin. All EPEC events are free of charge and no registration is required, except where explicitly mentioned. Food and drink are not provided. Sunday, 16th September 16:00 […]