The Space Research and Planetology Division has been involved in space research since the 1960s. A large number of projects have been carried out in this time and we have some older web pages with information about these projects. In general, they are not updated.
Experimental Planetary Science
The Phobos-Grunt mission of Roskosmos was ment to go to Mars in 2011 and to land on Phobos. However, the mission failed in Earth orbit and was lost. The University of Bern contribution was a laser mass spectrometer (LASMA) in collaboration with IKI to investigate the chemical composition of rocks and the regolith on the surface of Phobos.
More information coming soon.
Sun and Solar Wind
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is an ESA mission to study the sun, its interior, its surface and atmosphere, and the solar wind and solar energetic particles. The University of Bern participates to the Charge, (CELIAS) experiment and provides ion optical systems to the CTOF, MTOF and STOF spectrometers, to study the element and isotope composition of the sun.