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The recommendations of the ICEUM4 conference have been presented at the General Assembly of COSPAR (Committee for Space Research) in Warsaw on 18-24 July. The ICEUM4 reports were given during a Lunar Exploration session, a special symposium on Public understanding of Science as well as in the COSPAR Commissions B (Planetary sciences) and F ( Life sciences in space). COSPAR agreed to co-sponsor the 5th ICEUM meeting during the COSPAR/IAF World Space Congress to take place in Houston in October 2002.
Published: 31 July 2000
The sixth Huygens in-flight checkout; 28 July 2000
Published: 29 July 2000
It may not be as spectacular as Comets Hyakutake or Hale-Bopp in 1996-97,butComet Linear is currently the best show in town for European observers.But dont waste any time. The icy intruder, which is making its first visitto the innerSolar System and has just passed within 114 million km (71 million miles) ofthe Sun,seems to have broken up in the last few days and may rapidly fade fromview.
Published: 28 July 2000
The 6th Huygens in-flight checkout will be executed on Friday 28 July from 16:00 GMT to 20:00 GMT.The Huygens activities will be carried out while Cassini will be in view of the Goldstone Deep Space Antenna.The Huygens telemetry data will be routed via the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, to the Huygens Probe Operations Centre (HPOC) at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany. Arrival of the first data in HPOC is expected at around 17:00 GMT (19:00 Local Time).
Published: 27 July 2000
The Cluster mission to explore the magnetosphere has a genuineinternational flavour, in more ways than one.
Published: 26 July 2000
Two amateur astronomers from the Starkenburg observatory in Heppenheim,near Darmstadt in Germany, have succeeded in photographing the first twoCluster satellites, Salsa and Samba, during their daily dance around theEarth.
Published: 25 July 2000
A series of new articles about the Mars Express instruments is now available on this web site. Based on interviews with Principal Investigators, the articles describe the instruments and the science they plan to accomplish.
Published: 25 July 2000
Scientists building instruments for Mars Express are taking delivery this month of a software package to help them plan how and when to operate their instruments during each of the 2293 orbits the spacecraft will make during its first 687 Earth-days of operation. "The mission has to be planned orbit by orbit: there's no other way. STAT (Science Timeline Analysis Tool) is a very comprehensive software package for planning science operations," says Agustin Chicarro, Mars Express project scientist.
Published: 25 July 2000
After one of the most complex series of manoeuvres ever carried out byEarth-orbiting spacecraft, the first Cluster pair have successfully reachedtheir final elliptical orbit. Salsa (FM 6) and Samba (FM 7) are now dancingin step between 16 869 km (perigee) and 121 098 km (apogee) above theEarth.
Published: 21 July 2000
Things are looking up for the first pair of Cluster spacecraft as theygradually move further and further from the Earth.So far, the spacecraft have successfully completed three of the four mainengine burns required to raise the apogee (highest point) of their orbits.
Published: 19 July 2000
Over 150 people gathered at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, to discuss the prospects for lunar exploration, development and utilisation. We found that interest in these topics has been significantly advanced by recent discoveries made by lunar orbiting missions and will continue to advance as new missions to the Moon are implemented. The ESA SMART-1 and the Japanese Lunar-A and SELENE missions are under development and government and private organisations are proposing other lunar missions.
Published: 18 July 2000
Status reports from ESOC, ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt (D).The Cluster team have left Baikonur and reporting continues from the controlroom at ESOC. All times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST). Wednesday, 26 July at 9:30 CESTASPOC + CIS cover openingThe covers have been successfully opened on the CIS and ASPOC experiments on both Salsa andSamba. In addition, electric verifications have been performed on ASPOC and anupload of tables on CIS. The instruments are now switched off again, waiting the startof commissioning 10 days after the second launch.
Published: 18 July 2000
The long, complex process required to elongate the orbits of the first twoCluster spacecraft has begun.The Cluster mission control centre at the European Space Operations Centre(ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, has confirmed that the apogee raising manoeuvre #1was completed successfully early this afternoon.
Published: 17 July 2000
At 18.39 local time (14.39 CEST) today, the steppes of Kazakhstan reverberated with the roar of rocket engines as a Soyuz-Fregat launch vehicle lifted off from pad 6 at Baikonur Cosmodrome with its precious payload of two Cluster satellites."We have lift off!" came the confirmation on the public address system.
Published: 16 July 2000
ESA Press Release N0 49-2000 - Paris, 16 July 2000The European Space Agency's Cluster II mission to explore the magnetosphere is now under way after today's successful launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Published: 16 July 2000
The winner of ESA's "Name The Cluster Quartet" competition was announced yesterday, during a special media event at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.
Published: 16 July 2000
Update 16 July 10:50 The State Commission has given the final go-ahead for launch today.The launch of the first pair of ESA's Cluster II spacecraft has been postponed due to an anomaly detected between the ground system and the Soyuz launch vehicle. A State Commission, the official body that authorises the launch, was convened to validate the source of the problem and confirmed that both the Cluster II spacecraft and the Soyuz launch, including the Fregat upper stage, are in nominal configuration. The launch is rescheduled to take place tomorrow, 16 July, at 12:39 GMT (14:39 CEST). The launch will as usual be confirmed by a State Commission which will meet 4 hours before liftoff.
Published: 15 July 2000
10.00 CEST Last night, highly energetic particles from one of the largest solar flares on record struckthe Earth's magnetosphere and triggered an intense radiation storm in the vicinity ofEarth.
Published: 15 July 2000
Even a Belgian mineral water 'SPA' has contributed to the lively discussions at the Noordwijk lunar conference. "No need to search for water in the South Pole Aitken basin, when we already have it here!" joked one participant.
Published: 14 July 2000
Over 100 members of staff gathered in the conference room at the EuropeanSpace Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, this afternoon tohear the latest status reports on the readiness of the Cluster groundsegment.
Published: 14 July 2000
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