Resources for themes in this residency


The following is a list of some resources, e.g. recommended reading, videos, webinars, for the two themes that are proposed for the research residency.


About exoplanets

An introduction to exoplanets

ESA's exoplanet missions

CHEOPS: Characterising exoplanets known to be orbiting around nearby bright stars
CHEOPS at ESA, CHEOPS consortium (see also the musical harmony of exoplanet orbits)
Read more about the mission in the CHEOPS Mission Brochure

PLATO: Studying terrestrial planets in orbits up to the habitable zone of Sun-like stars, and characterising these stars.​​​​​​

Ariel: Measuring the chemical composition and thermal structures of transiting exoplanets, enabling planetary science far beyond the boundaries of the Solar System
Ariel at ESA (see also the introduction to the mission from the Ariel consortium)


The Hidden Universe

Herschel: Searching in infrared to unlock the secrets of starbirth and galaxy formation and evolution.
In its relatively short lifetime (2009-2013), Herschel made important discoveries and vital contributions to almost every field in astronomy and planetary science.
Read more about Herschel in this brochure: Herschel - Science and Legacy.

Integral: The first space observatory to observe celestial objects simultaneously in gamma rays, X-rays and visible light.
Read more about Integral in this brochure: Integral - a decade revealing the high-energy sky.
​​​​​Watch how the orbit of Integral changed during its first 15 years in space.​​

XMM-Newton: Solving the mysteries of the violent X-ray Universe, from enigmatic black holes to the formation of galaxies.
Hear from some of the scientists who have worked on this mission in this video celebrating 20 years of XMM-Newton.

Planck: Detecting the first light of the Universe and looking back to the dawn of time.
Read more about Planck in this brochure: Planck - Science and Legacy, and hear about how the first results from Planck revealed an "almost perfect" Universe.


Space Science at ESA

In 'Once Explorers, Always Explorers' ESA’s Senior Advisor for Science and Exploration, Mark McCaughrean, talks about some of the exciting space science projects at the European Space Agency.


Space Rocks - Uplink

The Space Rocks Uplink series is a celebration of space exploration and the art, music, and culture it inspires, in association with the European Space Agency.

The following are especially relevant for the theme of Worlds beyond our Solar System:

Uplink 44: Strange New Worlds with exoplanet scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Didier Queloz

Uplink 51: Imaginary Worlds with Elizabeth Tasker and Ria Voros


The following are especially relevant for the theme of Many colours, different views – revealing the invisible Universe:

Uplink 49: James Webb Space Telescope: Origins with John Mather and Ewine van Dishoeck