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Artist’s impression of BepiColombo during a swing-by of Mercury. ESA/ATG medialab

BepiColombo’s first close-up pictures of Mercury’s surface hint at answers to the planet’s secrets

The BepiColombo spacecraft – a joint project by the European and Japanese space agencies – swung by its destination planet Mercury in the early hours of October 2 2021. Passing within just 200km of the surface of Mercury, it sent back some spectacular pictures.

5th October 2021
Finger on phone button on a steering wheel

OU researcher’s impact on driver awareness recognised with top award

Open University researcher Dr Gemma Briggs has won an O²RB Excellence in Impact Award 2021, recognising her role in influencing a UK road safety campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of using hands-free ‘phones while on the road. 

22nd September 2021
Tree lined street

Researching the social and cultural values of urban trees

OU researchers have received funding from UK Research and Innovation to explore the social and cultural values of urban trees to improve the management of urban forests.

16th September 2021
Martian surface

Investigating how dust and water interact on Mars

An OU researcher has received funding to investigate how dust and water interact with one another on Mars.

13th September 2021
Dried up crop

Continued funding for global climate change research

OU researchers have been awarded funding to continue their research into global climate change.

10th September 2021
Geronimo the alpaca

Geronimo the alpaca – the case for animals having the same legal rights as people

The fate of Geronimo the alpaca was seemingly sealed in the UK’s high court recently when the appeal against an order to slaughter him was rejected.

18th August 2021
Person comforting a girl

Funding boost to research student mental health

An OU led project that researches positive practices to support student mental health has just received funding.

17th August 2021
Space ship orbiting earth

OU space researchers secure a share of £2 million Research England funding

The Open University’s award-winning space researchers are to benefit from significant new funding awarded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) to the Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology (SPRINT) programme.

26th July 2021
Hayabusa2 collecting samples from asteroid

Samples from asteroid could reveal secrets of the Universe

Open University scientists have received samples from an asteroid which could reveal the secrets to how our Solar System formed.

23rd July 2021
Images of Mars under clear conditions (left) and during the 2018 Global Dust Storm (right). Credit: NASA, ESA, STScl.

Martian global dust storm ended winter early in the south

OU research shows the effects of global dust storms on the atmosphere on Mars.

22nd July 2021

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