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Research and public service in the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere of the Earth and other planets, and of outer space.

On July 19 & 20, space lovers can fill their hearts and heads with planets, meteors, space weather and astronautics at this year's edition of Astropolis Space Village, in Ostend, Flanders. Free entrance !

A few years ago the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft visited comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko (2014-2016). You may remember the spectacular images of the Philae lander as it settled down on the comet surface. The scientific instruments onboard Rosetta collected detailed measurements of the comet. In particular, the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer (Rosina-DFMS) – built by the University of Bern with important contributions from the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) in Uccle – has turned out to provide fascinating information about the comet’s composition.

This year's autumn will be kicked off by a new edition of the Space Pole's Open Doors! On Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, you will get the unique opportunity to step onto the grounds of the Space Pole in Uccle (free entrance). A weekend of fun and games for the youngest, scientific discovery for the whole family and direct interaction with the scientists themselves. Whether you come to see the telescopes or to learn about the weather, the climate, the aurora or the planets of the solar system, we have it all lined up for you. See you then!

On Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., 12 women scientists in Belgium will tell you about their research during the Soapbox Science Brussels event at the Place de la Bourse/Beursplein.

On June 22, 2022, our Institute will be hosting a networking event for space science and industry partners. This "Technology for Aeronomy" event aims to allow all participants to explore opportunities for collaborations in future space and Earth-based missions.

All through the summer and until October 31 of this year, you can find information on RoadMap (ROle and impAct of Dust and clouds in the Martian AtmosPhere) and other ongoing Mars research at the exhibition “ExoMars: Europe’s new era of Mars exploration” at Astropolis in Ostend, Belgium.