Issue 4 – Take Off

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At the end of another year, challenging times remain. The cost of living is putting strain on many in our community, and the world is still a very unsettling place. 

Nonetheless, there are some reasons for optimism. The first Artemis mission has achieved a successful orbit of the Moon and returned safely to Earth. Investment by the European Space Agency means that our community can look forward to a wealth of science from missions to explore our Solar System. 

This special issue of the Europlanet Magazine showcases the science and initiatives presented at the first in-person gathering of the planetary science community in Europe since the pandemic. The Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2022 in Granada brought together nearly 1200 members of our community and was an opportunity to network and re-build personal connections. 

Issue 4 of the Europlanet Magazine includes reports from Africa on observations of the DART impact and building links with the Sahrawi community. We hear about the potential effects of climate change on ground-based observational facilities. We also learn more about the people that will lead Europlanet through the next steps of its evolution. 

Above all, we see how individuals can make a difference. Many thanks to everyone that is helping Europlanet continue to support the planetary science community. 

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 and Thibaut Roger.

Production and planning: Eleanor Lester and Victoria Southgate.


Adriana Postiglione, Federica Duras, Filip Walter, Barbara Cavalazzi, Noah Jäggi, Sanje Fenkart, Thibaut Roger, Vix Southgate, Ann Carine Vandaele, Felipe Carrelli, Jorge Rivero González, Andrea Rodríguez Antón, Nayra Rodríguez Eugenio, Diego Torres Machado, Caroline Haslebacher, Colin Clarke, Stéphane Erard, Liliana Avila Ospina, Patrick England, Ana Helman, Anita Heward, Nigel Mason, Béla Sulik, Ulysse Pedreira-Segade, Mamta Pommier, Arianna Piccialli and Yoshifumi Futaana.

Design and artwork: Pixooma Ltd

Front and back cover image credits: NASA 


 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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