A decade of XMM-Newton
10 December 2009On 10 December 2009 XMM-Newton, the most powerful X-ray observatory ever launched, celebrates its 10th anniversary. In the past decade XMM-Newton has peered into some of the most energetic phenomena in the Cosmos, and has revolutionised our understanding of the hidden and violent Universe.
A brief outline of the celestial wonders revealed by XMM-Newton can be found in the 'XMM-Newton celebrates decade of discovery press release', go here.
Further highlights of XMM-Newton discoveries and more detailed descriptions can be found in 'XMM-Newton celebrates a golden decade of X-ray astrophysics (In-depth)', go here.
To find out more about XMM-Newton, download an anniversary poster, view a video highlighting the past 10 years of XMM-Newton or even build your own model of the spacecraft, explore the links in the right-hand menu.
After a decade in orbit XMM-Newton has travelled more than 600 million kilometres and is still in excellent condition, supplying valuable data to scientists around the world.