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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
The last flight-model pn-imaging camera arrived in Dornier yesterday, 30 November. "Scientifically, this is an excellent X-ray camera, we just have to fixa small problem with the pressure gauge and then it is ready for launch",said XMM project manager, Robert Laine.
Published: 30 November 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: 30 November 1998
ESA's Industrial Policy Committee (IPC), meeting in Paris on 26 November, has given the final go-ahead for placing the Rosetta development contract with Dornier Satellitensysteme, Germany.
Published: 29 November 1998
At its meeting of 26 November ESA's Industrial Policy Committee (IPC) approved the ESA Executive's proposal to place the contract to develop and build the Mars Express spacecraft with Matra-Marconi Space, France.
Published: 26 November 1998
Some 60 scientists and engineers pose for a rare photo opportunity besidequarter scale models of the four Cluster II spacecraft. The happy groupcame together during the latest meeting of the Cluster II Science Working Team(SWT) atthe European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. Thosepresent included representatives from the United States and China as wellas most ESA member states.
Published: 23 November 1998
A Hubble Space Telescope "view down a 12 billion light-year long corridor of space loaded with a dazzling assortment of thousands of never-before seen galaxies", says the NASA press release.This picture is the culmination of a 10-day long observation called the Hubble Deep Field South (HDF-S) carried out in October by a team of astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and Goddard Space Flight Center.
Published: 23 November 1998
This week plans for the Gaia space astrometry mission will bepresented to more than 70 scientists from all over Europe when theygather in Leiden (Netherlands) for the Gaia workshop.
Published: 22 November 1998
This week plans for the Gaia space astrometry mission will bepresented to more than 70 scientists from all over Europe when theygather in Leiden (Netherlands) for the Gaia workshop.
Published: 22 November 1998
The first module for the new International Space Station (ISS) program, named Zarya, was successfully launched on 20 November, aboard a Russian Proton launch vehicle, at 1:40 a.m. EST (07:40 CET) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Published: 19 November 1998
This year's Leonids shower was a wonderful event for those who finally enjoyed clear skies and stayed up long after midnight on 16 November, or got up early on the 17th. All indications are now that the peak of the Leonids shower was well ahead of the predicted time for the maximum rates (predicted time 19:15 to 20:00 UTC 17 November). Preliminary results indicate that the Earth passed the maximum about 16 hours earlier.
Published: 17 November 1998
"Early this morning it was like a natural firework show", said Gerhard Schwehm, Rosetta project scientist, "The best show is likely to be after midnight, based on the reports we have received this morning, right on into the early hours".
Published: 16 November 1998
Space support will help European competitiveness and economic performance.Europe's space programme can make a major contribution to improving Europe's competitiveness and economic performance, according to Mr AntonioRodota', Director General of the European Space Agency. It can also contribute to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's vision of a 'people's Europe', he said. 'Weneed to convince Europeans that they have reasons to be proud of themselves and of what they can achieve through the pooling of their talents and resources'.
Published: 15 November 1998
When the Earth crosses the wake of Comet Tempel-Tuttle on 17 November, European scientistswill use the NASA-ESA Hubble Space Telescope to detect impacts of cosmic dust. ESA'sEuropean Space Operations Centre (ESOC) has sent out a warning to spacecraft operatorsabout risks to all satellites in the Earth's vicinity on that day, from the Leonid meteorstorm. Countless dust grains thrown out by the comet will slam into the Earth's atmosphereat 71 kilometres per second. The Leonids, as they are called, may produce the mostspectacular shower of meteors, or "shooting stars", seen since 1966.
Published: 15 November 1998
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