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The third Huygens in-flight check-out (F3) started on-board the Probe at 22:20 UTC on 21 December 1998 and was completed at 02:35 UTC, 22 December.
Published: 21 December 1998
The next checkout of the ESA Huygens Probe is scheduled to take place early tomorrow morning, 22 December. It lasts four hours and will be completed at 02:35 UTC.The data produced will be stored on board Cassini and transmitted back to Earth on 28 December.
Published: 20 December 1998
The fifth large MUSICOS (Multi-site continuous spectroscopy) campaign has just finished, lasting from 20 November to 14 December 1998. It involved 13 telescopes mostly equipped with cross-dispersedechelle spectrographs in Haute Provence, Pic du Midi, La Palma, SouthAfrica, ESO La Silla, Brazil, Kitt Peak, Xinglong, Mt Stromlo, Catania,Caucasus SAO. The campaign was coordinated daily by B.H. Foing and J. Oliveira (Space Science Department of ESA).Although some sites suffered snow and winds, the overall coverage was successful. S. Orlando (SSD) observed from Xinlong observatory near Beijing in Siberian winter, with temperatures of -15 deg.!
Published: 20 December 1998
In offering my best wishes to all visitors to the ESA Science web site, I recall some memorable events of 1998:
Published: 20 December 1998
The pre-Christmas winner of our Rosetta drawing competition is Lisa MacKay, aged 9, from the British School in the Netherlands.We are so enjoying seeing all your drawings that we have extended the deadline until 6 January. So kids - keep those pictures coming in.
Published: 17 December 1998
Preparations for the dual Soyuz launch of the four Cluster IIspacecraft have advanced during the past few weeks. During a recentvisit to Moscow, a high level team of ESA officials, led by ESA's Head of Scientific Projects,John Credland, received an update from their Russian partners on howthe launch vehicle was progressing.
Published: 16 December 1998
After a four-hour road journey from Lihge in Belgium, the three flight model mirror modules, the most powerful X-ray optics in the world, have arrived today at ESTEC, ESA's technical centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. It was the last road journey for the 'eyes' of ESA's X-ray space observatory. Early next year, the three mirror modules will be assembled on the spacecraft, ready for launch in January 2000.
Published: 14 December 1998
The Rosetta comet rendezvous mission has passed another significantmilestone. According to ESA's usual practice for major projects, a Rosetta Mission System Design Review took place at ESTEC in The Netherlands on 10 December 1998. Duringthe review an independent team of engineers and ESA officials closelyscrutinised all theelements of the mission, including the ground stations, the spacecraft, thepayload ofscientific instruments and the launcher.
Published: 13 December 1998
The SMART-1 Science and Technology Working Team (STWT) met at ESTEC, Noordwijk, on 24 and 25 November.Key items under discussion were recent recommendations on the SMART-1 baseline 6-month lunar orbit scenario, and a possible extension for a flyby of a near-Earth object (NEO).
Published: 9 December 1998
Deadline extended to 6 January 1999!The Rosetta web site has a new children's Christmas drawing competition. The winning pictures will be published on the web. Visit our new kids' competition page for more information.
Published: 8 December 1998
NASA's Galileo spacecraft, currently orbiting around Jupiter,will take images of Saturn's moon Titan and of other Outer Solar SystemObjects this week for the purpose of calibrating some of its camera filters.
Published: 7 December 1998
Whilst the satellite project team has been organising the arrival ofthe three flight model mirror modules - due to arrive at ESTEC in The Netherlands on 15 December from the CSL testing facility in Belgium - the XMM science teams continue toprepare for the use of the European X-ray space observatory once it isin orbit.
Published: 7 December 1998
The SOHO recertification board, jointly chaired by ESA and NASA, met at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) on 2 and 3 December. The Board made a number of conclusions and recommendations, the first of which was to commend the 'outstanding achievements of the SOHO recovery team'.
Published: 6 December 1998
The first two components of the International Space Station (ISS) were successfully joined together early on Monday morning, in one of the most ambitious manoeuvres astronauts have ever undertaken.
Published: 6 December 1998
Cassini/Huygens successfully completed its long-planned 90-minute firing of its onboard rocket engine on 3 December, settingthe spacecraft on course for a second flyby of Venus in June - the next major milestone on the long voyage to Saturn.
Published: 3 December 1998
the second element of the International Space Station, the connecting node 'Unity', lifted off flawlessly from Kennedy Space Center this morning at 09.36 hours (CET), by the Space Shuttle (STS-88).Unity, the first US-built element of the International Space Station,is a six-sided connecting module and passageway, built by Boeing. Two more identical such units will be built by European industry. In one of the most ambitious manoeuvres everundertaken by astronauts, Unity will be connected to the RussianZarya element launched on 20 November.
Published: 3 December 1998
The second element of the International Space Station, the connecting node 'Unity', lifted off flawlessly from Kennedy Space Center on Friday morning at 09.36 hours (CET), by the Space Shuttle (STS-88).Unity, the first US-built element of the International Space Station, is a six-sided connecting module and passageway, built by Boeing. Two more identical such units will be built by European industry. In one of the most ambitious manoeuvres ever undertaken by astronauts, Unity will be connected to the Russian Zarya element launched on 20 November.
Published: 3 December 1998
08:24 CET "The burn has started as scheduled and everything on board the spacecraft is fine", reports Huygens project scientist, Jean-Pierre Lebreton. More information will be shown on completion of the deep-space manoeuvre.The Cassini spacecraft, carrying ESA's Huygens Probe, is performing a scheduled main engine burn (deep space manoeuvre). This began at approximately 07:00 Central European Time (06:00 UTC), Thursday 3 December, 1998.
Published: 2 December 1998
The Gaia workshop, held at the Lorentz Centre in Leiden (23-27 November), provided many European scientists with an opportunity to consider the scientific potential of the Gaia astrometric mission in the light of the technical study of the instrument just completed by Matra Marconi Space.
Published: 1 December 1998
Why are some stars 'born' with only 10% of the mass of our Sun while at the other extreme, some may have 50 times as much material.
Published: 1 December 1998
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