Issue 5 – Take Off

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Community-building is a major focus for Europlanet in 2023. The Europlanet Research Infrastructure Meeting (ERIM), held in Bratislava in June, was an opportunity to bring old friends and new faces together to discuss the future of the family of Europlanet activities. The outcomes of ERIM will be used to form a roadmap and operational plan for Europlanet going forward. We are at the early stages of digesting more than 80 hours of discussions, presentations and training from the ERIM programme and will report in more detail about what happened at the meeting in the next issue of the Europlanet Magazine. 

Aside from ERIM, there have been multiple Europlanet workshops in recent months that are reported in our ‘In Focus‘ news section. This issue includes a feature on what the JUICE mission will do when it reaches the icy moons of Jupiter in 2031. We look at how Europlanet investments have created state-of-the-art laboratory facilities across Europe. Our Planetary Perspectives interview introduces an early career researcher working in asteroid mining. We also find out about how live-streaming, science fiction and games can bring planetary science to new audiences. 

Happy summer reading! 

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 Association promotes the advancement of European planetary science and related fields for the benefit of the community. The Europlanet Society is open to individual and organisational members of the planetary science community.

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 Editor: Anita Heward

Production and planning: Eleanor Lester, Victoria Southgate and Thibaut Roger.


Barbara Cavalazzi, Angelo Pio Rossi, Mara Mantegazza, Stéphane Erard, Duncan Misfud, Colin Vincent, Jean-David Bodénan, Courtney Allison, Arianna Piccialli, Sascha Quanz, Ruth-Sophie Taubner, Silvana Pinna, Nicolas André, Günter Kargl, Manuel Scherf, JD Prasanna Deshapriya, Hans Huybrighs, Peter McArdle, Ottaviano Rüsch, Lauri Siltala, Mariadina Lilas, Eleni Chatzichristou, Marcell Tessenyi, Jeronimo Bernard-Salas, Ann Carine Vandaele, Athena Coustenis, Claudia Mignone, Anne Buckle, Graham Jones, Helen Usher, Gareth Davies, Bernard Schmitt, Jonathan Merrison, Béla Sulik, Alessandro Maturilli, Sara Russell, Julie Nováková, Ulysse Pedreira-Segade, Thibaut Roger and Nigel Mason.

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Front and back cover image credits: ESA/ATG medialab/NASA/JPL/J Nichols/U Leicester/U Arizona/DLR 


 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 5 of Europlanet Magazine