June 9, 2021

Europlanet Magazine - Issue 1

Issue 1 – Take Off

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My first encounter with Europlanet was at its inaugural outreach workshop in Toulouse in March 2006. From there, I joined the press offic team for the first European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) in Berlin and I have never looked back. Europlanet has certainly kept me busy over the last 15 years and it has been a privilege to see it evolve from the initial network into the complex, global organisation it is today. 

By launching a Europlanet Magazine, we hope to highlight the range of activities by Europlanet, our partners, and the wider planetary community. This first issue has a strong focus on Mars, including European contributions to current missions, experimental research in labs and in the field and outreach initiatives to engage the next generation. We look back at the origins of Europlanet and its links to the Cassini-Huygens mission at the beginning of this century. We also have updates on the Winchcombe meteorite and on several new partnerships to support planetary science. 

I would like to thank all the contributing authors and the community as a whole for giving us so many fascinating topics to draw from, now and in future issues. 

Anita Heward, Editor 

Europlanet Magazine

The official magazine of Europlanet, the European community for planetary sciences.

Since 2005, Europlanet has provided Europe’s planetary science community with a platform to exchange ideas and personnel, share research tools, data and facilities, define key science goals for the future, and engage stakeholders, policy makers and European citizens with planetary science. The Europlanet Society promotes the advancement of European planetary science and related fields or the benefit of the community and is open to individual and organisational members.

Production Team

 Editor: Anita Heward

Production and planning: Eleanor Lester, Shorouk Elkobros and Victoria Southgate 

Contributors: Manuel Scherf, Ute Amerstorfer, Ricardo Hueso, Felipe Gomez, Gareth Davies, Bernard Schmitt, Edita Stonkutė, Gražina Tautvaišienė, Šarūnas Mikolaitis, Livia Giacomini, Federica Duras, Rosie Cane, Arianna Piccialli, Kosmas Gazeas, Henrik Hargitai, Michel Blanc, Steve Miller, Stéphane Erard, Fernando J Gomez, Mateo Martini, Ann Carine Vandaele, Jonathan Merrison, Lauren McKeown, Maria Hieta, Sara Russell, Angelo Pio Rossi, Fulvio Franchi, Marcell Tessenyi, Jeronimo Bernard-Salas, Shorouk Elkobros, Melissa Mirino, Erica Luzzi and Nigel Mason.

Design and artwork: Pixooma Ltd


 Europlanet 2024 RI has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149.

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Issue 1 of Europlanet Magazine