Issue 6 – Take Off

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The Europlanet Magazine will be three years old this June! Our initial vision for a 24-page
publication hugely underestimated the potential content coming from our wonderfully active community. Issue 6 is a bumper-edition of 56 pages that shows the huge range of planetary-related activities in Europe and beyond.

The cover image of this issue is an AI-generated vision prompted by the title of our main feature, which investigates how AI and Machine Learning can contribute to planetary science. Our Commkit column looks at what AI tools mean for outreach and dissemination. We have an update on Europlanet’s programme to support colleagues in Ukraine. We report on the outcomes of the Europlanet Research Infrastructure Meeting (ERIM) last June and the ongoing work to make Europlanet sustainable. Our Planetary Perspectives interview introduces the newly-elected members of the Europlanet Society Executive Board. We also have a glimpse behind the scenes of the integration of a space mission with an article on The Making of the ‘The Making of Juice’.

Many thanks to everyone that has contributed and made the Europlanet Magazine a success!

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.

Production Team

 Editor: Anita Heward.

Assistant Editor: Thibaut Roger.

Production and planning: Victoria Southgate and Eleanor Lester.


Courtney Allison, Nicolas André, Jeronimo Bernard-Salas, Jean-David Bodénan, Jozef Bodlak, Jules Bourdelle de Micas, Johanna Bürger, Barbara Cavalazzi, Nick Cox, Julia de León, Federica Duras, Leigh Fletcher, Alejandro Luis García Muñoz, Livia Giacomini, Jessica Hogan, Stavro Ivanovski, Karolien Lefever, Mariadina Lilis, Melissa Mirino, Luca Montabone, Didier Moreau, Lena Noack, Miloš Obert, Andrea Opitz, Sylvain Ranvier, Thibaut Roger, Maarten Roos Serote, Angelo Pio Rossi, StAnD Consortium, Edita Stonkutė, Ewa Szuszkiewicz, Gražina Tautvaišienė and Ann Carine Vandaele. 

Design and artwork: Pixooma Ltd

Front and back cover image credits: Adobe Photoshop/Pixooma.


 Europlanet 2024 RI has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871149. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the granting authority. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. 

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Issue 6 of Europlanet Magazine