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Congratulations to BICEP!

First direct evidence for the inflation of the universe observed by BICEP2 collaboration

The microwave sky as seen by Planck. Image credit: ESA/ LFI & HFI Consortia



10th International LISA Symposium, Florida

Early registration and abstract submission deadline is March 31st. The LISA Symposium X in Gainesville, Florida, USA, from Sunday May 18 to Friday May 23, 2014.

Image credit: NASA/JPL

A New Astronomy

A New Astronomy

Selected: The Gravitational Universe

ESA decides on next Large Mission Concepts

ESA today announced a new vision to study the invisible universe and L2 and L2 science concepts

eLISA Mission

eLISA Mission

eLISA: A New Astronomy

evolving Laser Interferometer Space Antenna

Artist's impression of eLISA satellite. Credit: AEI/MM/exozet

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder: Ready to go!

Designed to demonstrate the eLISA technologies

LISA Pathfinder with Propulsion Unit before space environment testing. Credit: Astrium UK

A New Astronomy

A New Astronomy

The Gravitational Universe

Illuminating the dark universe with a new astronomy

Artist's impression of supermassive black hole. Credit: ESA/NASA, AVO project, Paolo Padovani.

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LISA Pathfinder hardware is "Jewel in the Crown"

LISA Pathfinder optical bench ready for integration

LISA Pathfinder optical bench. Credit: University of Glasgow/University of Birmingham

LISA Pathfinder: from CAD models to ready-to-fly hardware

Optical Bench integrated into core assembly

eLISA Consortium

eLISA Consortium


The Gravitational Universe Science Theme

White Paper submitted to ESA on May 24th

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eLISA will be a large-scale space mission designed to detect one of the most elusive phenomena in astronomy - gravitational waves. With eLISA we will be able to survey the entire universe directly with gravitational waves, to tell us about the formation of structure and galaxies, stellar evolution, the early universe, and the structure and nature of spacetime itself. Most importantly, there will be enormous potential for discovering the parts of the universe that are invisible by other means, such as black holes, the Big Bang, and other, as yet unknown objects.

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28 November 2013
ESA today announced that the hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of ESA’s next two large science missions.
Both topics will bridge fundamental astrophysics and cosmology themes by studying in detail the processes that are crucial to the large-scale evolution of the Universe and its underlying physics.

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LISA Pathfinder space mission reached another important milestone: Its heart, the optical bench, was now further integrated into the core assembly of the satellite. Dr Christian Killow (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance Advanced Fellow) said: “It is rewarding to see CAD models turning into real hardware!”

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