ESA formally adopts Ariel, the exoplanet explorer
The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally adopted the mission Ariel into the program of future missions for implementation.
NewSpace Strategy of Catalonia, a new step towards the democratization of space
The Catalan Government has promoted the development and implementation of this initiative, which seeks that new private agents find commercial opportunities in the exploration and use of space.
New research on light flashes in the night sky may improve astronomical data
A team that includes a researcher from Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) at Institute of Cosmos Science (ICC-UB) measured flashes of light, often mistaken for stars, reflecting off satellites and space trash in Earth's orbit
A technologically viable model for a Mars city, as imagined by a Catalan-led team
A proposal for a city on planet Mars by a Catalan-led team was presented on Saturday, 17 October 2020, in the final of the Mars Society competition
IEEC researchers lead project selected among the finalists of the Mars Society competition to develop a city on the red planet
The Mars city proposal is led by researchers from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC), the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB).
A proposal for the new generation Einstein Telescope observatory — potential infrastructure of the future
The Einstein Telescope is an ambitious third-generation gravitational-wave ground-based observatory project.
Two IEEC – UPC nanosatellites have been sent to space to study the polar regions with the help of artificial intelligence
The FSSCat mission was launched today with a Vega SSMS rocket of the European Space Agency (ESA), from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Strange cosmic coincidence: gamma-ray heartbeat puzzles scientists
Astronomers detected a cosmic gas cloud that beats with the rhythm of a black hole 100 light years apart, in a microquasar.
Researchers identify massive black holes that seemed “hidden” in dwarf galaxies
An investigation conducted by two researchers from the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC), a research unit of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), has been published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters
First autonomous magnetic field map of the Sun, obtained by an instrument co-developed by IEEC for Solar Orbiter
The first results of the Solar Orbiter mission, developed by ESA in collaboration with NASA, were presented on 16 July
Astrophysicists Fill In 11 Billion Years of Our Universe's Expansion History
Scientists have analysed the largest three-dimensional map of the Universe ever created to understand what happened during a history gap of 11 billion years in the middle of its expansion
Euclid space telescope’s Near-Infrared instrument ready to draw a 3-D map of galaxies of the distant Universe
The Euclid mission from the European Space Agency (ESA), that aims to study more than a billion galaxies, is a step closer to launch as its two instruments are now built and fully tested. One of them is the complex Near-Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer instrument (NISP) delivered by an international consortium coordinated by France, with partners from Italy, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway and the United States.
A cosmic cataclysm allows a test of the quantum structure of space-time
The detection of a gamma-ray burst by the MAGIC telescopes allows researchers to study whether the speed of light in vacuum is a constant of nature.
Two advances in exoplanets by IEEC’s researchers : A world orbiting a Very Young Star, and the nearest compact planetary system to the Solar system
In the first result, published in Nature, 24 June 2020, NASA’s TESS and Spitzer Missions, with the contribution from an IEEC researcher, report the discovery of a planet around a nearby star. The star system is still surrounded by a disk of debris left over from its formation.
Youngest baby pulsar ever found could help understand the most powerful explosions in the Universe
IEEC scientists at ICE (CSIC) lead a study that found a baby pulsar, the youngest such object ever found.