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The goals of the SCOOP (Towards a SynergistiC study Of the atmOsphere of terrestrial Planets) project match the topics, challenges and scope of the BRAIN-be call 2014 of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO). SCOOP has as its overarching objective the revision and exploitation of data from the European Mars Express (MEX) and the European Venus Express (VEX) missions as well as other Martian missions such as NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN).

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Destination Mars, episode 1: Searching for signs of life

26 Jan 2016 - Jorge Vago, one of the Exomars Project Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA), outlined the mission.

TGO is at Baikonour !

23 Dec. 2015 - The 3rd ExoMars flight containing the Trace Gas Orbiter TGO safely arrived in Baikonur this morning.

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Discrete and diffuse aurorae in the Martian Atmosphere, November 2015

6 November 2015 - The Belgian newspaper Le Soir dedicated a full page to the planet Mars. Dr Arnaud Stiepen from the ULg was interviewed over the last discoveries by the Nasa probe Maven (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) orbiting Mars since September 2014. For the first time, MAVEN surprinsingly detected diffuse aurorae in the Northern hemisphere of the planet Mars where a magnetic field is absent on the planet while it was thought it is an indispensable ingredient for the observation of aurorae. Both phenomena, discrete and diffuse auroraes on Mars, are detailed in Daily Science (in French).

5 November 2015 - A press release of the ESA (in English) placed the work by the team of Jean-Claude Gérard (LPAP, ULg) and the Mars Express mission in front. Armed with 10 years of MEX observations, they have detected discrete ultraviolet auroras in the Sourthern hemisphere on many occasions, and have analysed in detail how and where they are produced in the martian atmosphere. They concluded that the auroras appear only under special conditions, near the boundary between open and closed magnetic field lines (see Figure below). Unlike the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere of Mars has regions where the rocks have preserved the memory of a past magnetism. This residual magnetic field is called paleomagnetism. The ultraviolet auroras associated with known magnetic anomalies in Mars’ crust are confined, rare and transient events that vary in time and space. They are very different from the auroras seen on other planets.


Internal Meeting in Brussels, October 2015

12 October 2015 - The meeting of the SCOOP Project was held at IAB-BIRA in the brandnew Nicolet meeting room on the 23d of February. Each partners presented extensively their research in view of the first annual meeting with the follow-up committee to be held at BELSPO on December 1st.

PSS Special Issue : "Exploration of Venus"

Sep. 2015 - Compiling the latest results from the Venus Express ESA mission, a special issue has been published in Planet. Space Sc. - IASB-BIRA researchers have been very active

Several papers with IASB-BIRA first authors were published in the PSS special issue on the "Exploration of Venus":

and several papers where IASB-BIRA researchers are co-authors:

Kick-off Meeting in Brussels, February 2015

23 February 2015 - The kick-off meeting of the SCOOP Project was held at IAB-BIRA in the brandnew Nicolet meeting room on the 23d of February. Representatives of each Belgian partner were present and presented briefly the last developments in their research that are relevant for the tasks in which they are involved.



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