The SPICA infrared space telescope has just been pre-selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to participate in the final competition, which in September 2021 will see the choice of ESA's next medium-sized mission (mission M5).
The Gruber Foundation announcement has just been posted on May 10 at 8 am local time (Yale time) : https://gruber.yale.edu/cosmology
The Gruber Foundation is pleased to present the 2018 Cosmology Prize to the Planck Team, and to Jean-Loup Puget and Nazzareno Mandolesi, the leaders of the HFI and LFI instrument consortia, for mapping the temperature and polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation with the ESA Planck spacecraft.
IAS has a new and exciting arrival: a new mobile dilution cryostat has been built and delivered by BlueFors Cryogenics, allowing us to measure detectors and detection chain elements at sub-Kelvin temperatures. Irradiation of highly sensitive detectors by cosmic rays is a daunting problem for many space missions, and the IAS is among the laboratories that have been investigating this problem since the launch of Planck-HFI.
The European Space Agency's programme committee has just selected the ARIEL mission as the 4th intermediate class mission (budget 450 million euros) of the "Cosmic Vision" programme. ARIEL will be launched from the Kourou base in Guyana in May 2028 and will be placed in orbit at Lagrange L2, located 1.5 million kilometres from Earth. ARIEL is a space telescope that will systematically probe the atmospheres of a thousand extrasolar planets, from gas giants to rocky planets, whether hot or temperate around stars of different types. ARIEL will measure the composition and structure of planetary atmospheres, constrain the nature of planetary cores, detect the presence of clouds and study interactions with the host star.