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The European Space Agency has agreed to fund the Ulysses mission for an extra 2 years and 9 months. At its meeting in Paris on 5-6 June, ESA's Science Programme Committee approved the funds to continue operating the spacecraft from the end of 2001 to 30 September 2004.
Published: 13 June 2000
Another major landmark in the Cluster II launch campaign has been completed with the successfulpressurisation and fuelling of the first two spacecraft (FM 6 and FM 7).
Published: 13 June 2000
The Milky Way's centre is the busy core of a metropolis, crowded with huge populations of stars frantically dancing to the rhythm of gravitation. These stars are precious for astronomers: they hold many clues to unveil the past and future history of our galaxy. But the galactic centre has remained a fairly unexplored place so far, due to the thick dust covering it.
Published: 7 June 2000
The Danish Space Research Institute (DSRI) will develop the main elements of the telescope of ESA's Planck satellite, according to a document signed yesterday by ESA and the DSRI at ESA headquarters in Paris. Planck, due to be launched in 2007, will study the origin and evolution of the Universe by observing the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, the first light that filled the Universe after the Big Bang.
Published: 5 June 2000
New results by a group of European and American scientists make it clear that the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is nothing less than a true black hole finder.
Published: 5 June 2000
Serendipity, or chance discovery, plays a big role in astronomy. Observing one celestial target astronomers often find, in a corner of their telescope's field of view, another interesting and perhaps unknown object. XMM-Newton has made one such discovery.
Published: 5 June 2000
Representatives of ESA and Italian industry today attended a specialCluster II press briefing at the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum ofScience and Technology in Milan.The purpose of the event was to inform the media about the current statusof the Cluster II mission and the key role that Italian industry has playedin the successful completion of the four Cluster II spacecraft, which arenow undergoing pre-launch preparations in Kazakhstan.
Published: 30 May 2000
A team from the Observatoire de Paris using ESA's infrared space telescope ISO has measured variations in the thermal flux of the Pluto-Charon system, which prove that the temperature of Pluto's surface is not uniform. The coldestregions have a temperature of about -235 degrees Centigrade, while the warmest may reach -210 degrees. The measurements provide indications about its physical nature.
Published: 29 May 2000
The Nomenclature Committee of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) today announced that asteroid 8640 has been named after ESA scientist Rita Schulz.There can be few higher awards in the world of science than to have a celestial body named after you. This distinction has now been granted to Rita Schulz, a comet specialist who works at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in The Netherlands.
Published: 26 May 2000
The European Space Agency's ISO telescope was the first space observatoryrevealing the infrared 'face' of the Universe with high sensitivity, andby so doing pictured thousands of objects whose true nature is stillunknown. This month a network of European astronomers will try to learnmore about these new ISO sources, by observing many of them with about adozen ground-based telescopes, mainly at the observatories in theCanary Islands (Spain)."ISO has worked as a 'scoop' finder, and nowthere's a whole set of telescopes following up the news", says MartinKessler, ISO Project Scientist. The new ISO sources will soon also be observed with ESA's recently launched X-ray telescope, XMM-Newton.
Published: 24 May 2000
XMM-Newton is blessed with good luck! During the current calibration campaign of its science instruments ESA's new X-ray observatory has chanced on a sudden and dramatic alteration in a binary star system, whose properties had not changed for thirty years.
Published: 22 May 2000
Representatives of Spanish industry and the media yesterday joined stafffrom ESA and the Villafranca del Castillo Satellite Tracking Station site(VILSPA) near Madrid to celebrate the inauguration of the VIL-1 antennathat will be used for the ambitious Cluster II mission.
Published: 19 May 2000
The Rosetta Structural Thermal Model (STM) arrived safely in Turin today,marking the start of the next stage in the construction of ESA's cometchaser.
Published: 19 May 2000
Representatives of ESA and many other European organisations gathered inParis yesterday to discuss the threat from Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).Non-ESA participants included the Secretary General of the InternationalAstronomical Union, delegates from several ESA member states, experts froma number of astronomical observatories, including the European SouthernObservatory, and a representative from the European Community.
Published: 17 May 2000
To demonstrate the remarkable ability of XMM-Newton to discover faintX-ray sources, a series of observations is being made in the areaknown as the 'Lockman hole'.In the Ursa Major northern hemisphere constellation - thethird-largest constellation better known as Great Bear or as the BigDipper - the Lockman hole region is one of the best studied fields inX-ray astronomy. In this direction absorbing material such as dustand galactic hydrogen is at its most sparse, and through this 'hole'sensitive searches for extragalactic objects hold great promise andhave already brought a much greater understanding of X-ray backgroundradiation.
Published: 17 May 2000
Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun all appear in the same imagesent to Earth yesterday (15 May) by the SOHO spacecraft. The picturewith four planets is another scoop for SOHO. Venus entered the scenefrom the right on 15 May, while Mercury was on its way out on the left.
Published: 16 May 2000
Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun all appear in the same imagesent to Earth today (15 May) by the SOHO spacecraft. The picturewith four planets is another scoop for SOHO. Venus entered the scenefrom the right on 13 May, while Mercury was on its way out on the left.
Published: 15 May 2000
This week's 34th Cluster Science Working Team (SWT) meeting coincided withgood news from the project team.
Published: 12 May 2000
The Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen hosts from today a full-scale mock-up of ESA4s satellite Planck, as the main element of an exhibition officially opened today by the Danish Minister of Research, Birte Weiss.
Published: 12 May 2000
It is planned to publish the proceedings of the EGS PS2 session dedicated to the planet Mercury, in Planetary and Space Science. This special issue is also open to contributions which were not presented in Nice, provided that they are directly related to Mercury science. Papers on missions, technologies and instrumentation specific to the exploration of Mercury are also invited. Deadline for submissions 31 July 2000
Published: 12 May 2000
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