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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
After of two and a half years' work, the Centre Spatial de Lihge (CSL)in Belgium is coming to the end of the calibration tests it hasbeen carrying out on the Mirror Modules of XMM, the European SpaceAgency's X-ray space telescope. In mid-December, after somethermal hardware integration activities, the three flight modules willbe leaving for ESTEC for integration there early next year onto thesatellite platform.
Published: 11 November 1998
Inside a giant clean room in Friedrichshafen, Germany, ESA's first new Cluster II spacecraft is starting to take shape. On 2 November, some six weeks after assembly firstbegan, engineers from Dornier Satellitensysteme began to mate thering-shaped main equipment platform of Cluster flight model #6 with its cylindrical central section.
Published: 10 November 1998
An International Symposium on "the History of ESA" is being held at the Science Museum in London, 11-13 November 1998.
Published: 9 November 1998
Pictures taken this morning show XMM's lower module being prepared by Dornier staff for a week of tests on the shaker in ESTEC's test facilities.
Published: 9 November 1998
Fifty scientists from seven countries met last week to set detailed goalsfor the ESA/NASA Ulysses mission at solar maximum.
Published: 5 November 1998
All fourteen national delegations in the European Space Agency's Science Programme Committee have backed the project to send a spacecraft to Mars in 2003. Support for Mars Express, as this exciting mission is called, is qualified by concern about the long-term budget of ESA's science programme.
Published: 4 November 1998
At its meeting of 2-3 November, ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) endorsed the SMART-1 baseline lunar scenario.
Published: 3 November 1998
SOHO has been providing support for the Spartan 201-5 mission, which was deployed from the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95) on 1 November and successfully captured again two days later.
Published: 3 November 1998
The last of the Rosetta Experiment Intermediate Design Reviews (EIDR) was successfully completed on 28 October, at ESTEC.
Published: 28 October 1998
In astronomy, looking far into space means also looking back in time. This is what ISO has been doing during its so-called 'deep surveys':observation programmes to detect the faintest and farthest objects ever seen at infrared wavelengths.
Published: 28 October 1998
From 26-30 November 1998 a dozen scientists from the helioseismologycommunity will get together for the 2nd Phoebus workshop. The aim of the workshop is to tryto detect solar gravity modes which, so far, have not been detected by any helioseismology.instrumentation either on-board SOHO or from the ground. Thesegravity modes (or g modes) contain a lot of information on the solar core where thethermonuclear reactions take place. The solar core is the last part of the Sunwhich is not yet 'seen' by helioseismology.
Published: 25 October 1998
Most young stars are surrounded by discs of dust and gas which in a fewmillion years will probably condense to form planets. This is one of theresults presented today during the international ISO meeting being held inParis this week, "The Universe as seen by ISO".
Published: 23 October 1998
A seminar will be given in the Space Science Department of ESTEC on Friday 23 rd October by dr. Nicolas Thomas of the Max Planck Institute fur Aeronomie, Lindau Germany, entitled "Mars Pathfinder - Faster, Better, Cheaper?". Dr. Thomas was actively involved in the mission as a member of the Imager team.
Published: 23 October 1998
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