Green light for continued operations of ESA science missions; Herschel data links mysterious quasar winds to furious starbursts; CHEOPS scientific instrument is complete; Announcement: Scientists are invited to submit proposals for JWST’s Cycle 1

MISSION NEWS AS OF THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017

+ GREEN LIGHT FOR CONTINUED OPERATIONS OF ESA SCIENCE MISSIONS

ESA’s Science Programme Committee has approved indicative extensions, up to 2019-2020, for the operation of eight scientific missions.

Read more: http://sci.esa.int/jump.cfm?oid=59839

+ HERSCHEL DATA LINKS MYSTERIOUS QUASAR WINDS TO FURIOUS STARBURSTS

Astronomers have used ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory to solve a decades-old mystery about the origin of powerful cool gas winds in the hot environs of quasars. The evidence linking these powerful winds to star formation in the quasar host galaxies may also help resolve the mystery of why the size of galaxies in the Universe appears to be capped.

Read more: http://sci.esa.int/jump.cfm?oid=59840

+ #9: THE CHEOPS SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT IS COMPLETE

The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission.

Read more: http://sci.esa.int/jump.cfm?oid=59825

ANNOUNCEMENTS

+ SCIENTISTS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR JWST’S CYCLE 1

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has announced the release of the JWST Cycle 1 call for proposals for general observer (GO) time, with up to 6000 hours available in this cycle. Observing programmes will be offered in multiple categories, determined by programme size and other criteria. Proposals are due by 8 p.m. Eastern Time on 6 April 2018 (2 a.m. CEST on 7 April 2018). The Cycle 1 Time Allocation Committee will meet in late June 2018, with selections announced in July 2018.

The STScI announcement can be read in full here: https://jwst.stsci.edu/news-events/news/News%20items/stsci-invites-scientists-to-submit-proposals-for-jwst-cycle-1

Full details of the call for proposals can be found here: https://jwst-docs.stsci.edu/display/JSP/James+Webb+Space+Telescope+Call+for+Proposals+for+Cycle+1

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