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Proposals are solicited for observations with XMM-Newton in response to the Ninth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-9, issued 25 August 2009. This AO covers the period May 2010 to April 2011 and is open to all proposers. The deadline for receipt of proposals for this AO has passed.
Published: 27 August 2009
At the end of June the Gaia mission passed a significant milestone when the 17 individual segments of the torus, a key structural element of the spacecraft, were brazed into one coherent structure at the BOOSTEC premises at Bazet near Tarbes, France.
Published: 28 July 2009
The qualification model of Gaia's unique deployable sunshield has been installed in the Large Space Simulator at ESA's ESTEC test facilities to undergo thermal testing in simulated space conditions
Published: 22 July 2009
INTEGRAL's all-sky map of the 511 keV line emission has been used to conclude that dark matter is not the origin of galactic positron annihilation, contrary to what had been assumed in past years.
Published: 22 July 2009
The first images and spectra obtained with the three Herschel instruments (HIFI, PACS and SPIRE) demonstrate their excellent condition and provide a foretaste of the exciting science that is to come.
Published: 10 July 2009
A key milestone has been reached as the detectors of both the Planck instruments, HFI and LFI, are now at their operational temperatures, making the HFI detectors the coldest known objects in outer space at just 0.1K above absolute zero
Published: 3 July 2009
Just one month after launch, test images obtained by the PACS instrument on Herschel provide a tantalising glimpse at things to come.
Published: 19 June 2009
Detailed observations of the first new Soft Gamma Repeater in 10 years strengthen the unified view of the magnetar phenomenon; INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton target of opportunity programmes played a crucial role in this result
Published: 16 June 2009
For the ESA Hubble scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute the end of servicing mission 4 signalled the start of a period of intense investigation and analysis as preparations for science observations get underway.
Published: 9 June 2009
The simultaneous detection of broad K and L iron lines in an AGN reveals hitherto unobserved details of the geometry and dynamics of the supermassive black hole at the centre of this galaxy.
Published: 27 May 2009
The last Hubble Servicing Mission concluded Sunday with a trouble-free Space Shuttle landing. During a series of unprecedented spacewalks, astronauts have primed the space telescope for its next discoveries
Published: 24 May 2009
After a perfect injection by the Ariane 5 launcher on 14 May and the successful first trajectory correction manoeuvres, commissioning of the payload and subsystems on both the Herschel and Planck spacecraft has now begun
Published: 20 May 2009
ESA PR 10-2009: Two of the most ambitious missions ever attempted to unveil the secrets of the darkest, coldest and oldest parts of the Universe got off to a successful start this afternoon with the dual launch of ESA's Herschel and Planck.
Published: 14 May 2009
At 15:12:02 CEST the Herschel and Planck satellite pair lifted off on board an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
Published: 14 May 2009
The fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is now underway. Although most eyes will be on the astronauts as they carry out the instrument replacement activities a lot of behind-the-scenes work will be going on in support of these activities. This includes the work of a dedicated ESA engineering support team monitoring the ESA hardware on the HST.
Published: 13 May 2009
The Herschel and Planck spacecraft are on the launch pad. Roll out was completed on 13 May. Launch on schedule for 14 May 13:12 UTC (15:12 CEST)
Published: 13 May 2009
The launcher for Herschel and Planck has been declared ready for launch following the successful conclusion of the Launch Readiness Review, RAL (Revue d'Aptitude au Lancement), held on 9 May and the close-out review held on 12 May. The launch from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, is scheduled for 14 May 2009.
Published: 13 May 2009
On 11 May 2009 the Space Shuttle Atlantis will launch with a crew of seven to visit the Hubble Space Telescope and carry out the fifth and final servicing mission, priming Hubble to continue its programme of discovery well into the next decade
Published: 1 May 2009
On 28 April ESA issued a "Call for Declarations of Interest in Science Instrumentation" for the L-class Cosmic Vision mission study IXO. Prospective Instrument Study Teams are invited to submit proposals outlining the composition of nationally funded consortia to carry out assessment level studies.
Published: 28 April 2009
Now that additional checks on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher have been completed, Arianespace and ESA have set the launch date of Herschel and Planck for Thursday 14 May.
Published: 28 April 2009
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