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http://sci.esa.int/director-desk/54999-working-life-extensions-for-esas-science-missions/

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During its meeting at the European Space Astronomy Centre, near Madrid, on 19 November, the SPC gave the green light for the flotilla of spacecraft to continue their key scientific endeavours for at least another two years.

After a comprehensive review by the Science Programme’s advisory structure of the current operational status and likely scientific return of each mission in the future, the SPC agreed to continue funding for six ESA-led missions (Cluster, INTEGRAL, Mars Express, PROBA-2, SOHO and XMM-Newton) for the period 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2016. The committee also confirmed support for the final phase of Venus Express operations during 2015.

ESA’s remarkable Rosetta comet chaser was not on the agenda of the meeting. Although the nominal end of its mission is currently planned for December 2015, its scientific studies have only recently begun, so consideration of a possible extension into 2016 has been deferred until early 2015.

The go-ahead was also given to continue ESA’s contributions to three international collaborative missions, namely Hinode (with JAXA), and Cassini-Huygens and the Hubble Space Telescope (both with NASA).
   
With all of these science missions continuing to deliver outstanding science, the SPC gave their preliminary support to further extensions for eight of the missions - all except Cassini-Huygens and Venus Express - during 2017-2018, subject to review in late 2016.

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Cassini-Huygens will complete its mission in late 2017 when it enters the atmosphere of Saturn. Until then, it will observe the transition from spring to summer in Saturn’s northern hemisphere, study changes in the weather and surface features of Titan, and continue probing the icy jets of Enceladus and the spectacular rings. Venus Express is expected to burn up in Venus’s atmosphere during 2015, completing its intensive survey of the cloud-shrouded planet.

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Decisions to extend ESA space science missions are made on a rolling two-year schedule. The next two-year mission extension cycle will begin in mid-2016.

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Re: Working life extensions for ESA's science missions
« Reply #1 on: 11/26/2016 07:51 PM »
http://sci.esa.int/director-desk/58589-two-year-extensions-confirmed-for-esa-s-science-missions/

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ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has today confirmed two-year mission extensions for nine scientific missions in which the Agency is participating. This secures their operations until the end of 2018.

After a comprehensive review of their current operational status and the likely scientific return from each mission, the SPC decided to extend the operation of six ESA-led missions (Cluster, INTEGRAL, Mars Express, PROBA-2, SOHO and XMM-Newton) from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018.

The go-ahead was also given to continue ESA's contributions to the operations of three international collaborative missions: the Hubble Space Telescope and the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), which are both led by NASA, as well as Hinode, which is a Japanese-led mission.

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« Reply #2 on: 12/09/2017 01:52 PM »
http://sci.esa.int/director-desk/59839-green-light-for-continued-operations-of-esa-science-missions/

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

During its meeting at ESA Headquarters in Paris, on 21-22 November, the SPC approved indicative extensions for the continued operation of five ESA-led missions: Gaia, INTEGRAL, Mars Express, SOHO, and XMM-Newton. This followed a comprehensive review of the current operational status and outlook of the missions and their expected scientific returns during the extension period. The decision will be subject to confirmation towards the end of 2018. [1]

The lifetime of Gaia, ESA's billion star surveyor, was extended by eighteen months, from 25 July 2019 to 31 December 2020. This is the first time that Gaia, which was launched in 2013 and originally funded for a five-year mission, has been subject to the extension process.

Mars Express, SOHO, and XMM-Newton each received extensions of two years, so their operations will continue at least until the end of 2020.

The SPC extended the operations of the high-energy observatory INTEGRAL by one year, until 31 December 2019. A proposal to extend INTEGRAL until the end of 2020, as well as a proposal concerning a two-year extension of the magnetospheric plasma mission, Cluster, will be presented to the next meeting of the SPC in February 2018.

The go-ahead was also given to continue ESA's contributions to the operations of three international collaborative missions: the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), which are both led by NASA, as well as the Japanese-led mission Hinode.

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