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The Andromeda galaxy, one of the closest and best-known companions of our own galaxy, has been hiding from the astronomers' eyes one of its secrets: although it has always been considered as a typical spiral galaxy, it has now been shown to be a spectacular ringed galaxy. This is one of the observations made by the European Space Agency's ISO infrared telescope, whose results are being presented at a meeting in Paris 20-23 October, attended by about 400 astronomers from all over the world.
Published: 15 October 1998
The latest results from the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) are being presented at an International meeting in Paris, 20-23 October. Nearly 400 hundred infrared astronomers will attend the conference.
Published: 15 October 1998
Brilliant new pictures of the Sun from the solar spacecraft SOHO show that its ordeal is coming to a happy ending, nearly four months after the ESA/NASA mission seemed lost in space on 24 June. Images from the Michelson Doppler Imager and the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope on SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) can be already seen on the Internet.
Published: 15 October 1998
Recent reports have created a stir among scientists studying the effects of gravity. A team leadby John Anderson, a planetary researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, hasbeen conducting an experiment in celestial mechanics using the radio signals from spaceprobesfar from the Earth, including Pioneers 10 and 11, and Ulysses. In all cases, Anderson and hiscolleagues found that an unexplained Sun-directed force appears to be acting on the spacecraft.
Published: 15 October 1998
The second imaging camera (EPIC MOS 2) has been delivered to Dornier for integration in the focal plane.
Published: 14 October 1998
The XMM lower module assembly, which consists of the Service Module and associated telescope tube, has arrived at ESTEC for the final sequence of environmental tests.
Published: 14 October 1998
One year on from its launch on 15 October 1997, Cassini/Huygens continues on its seven-year journey to Saturn and Titan. NASA reports that Cassini is in excellent health; meanwhile ESA's Huygens Probe sleeps on until woken for its next checkout on 22 December.
Published: 12 October 1998
The Third International Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon is being held in Moscow, from 10 to 14 October. It is organised by the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG).
Published: 9 October 1998
The managers of XMM, the European Space Agency's X-ray spaceobservatory due to be launched in January 2000, are thanking their luckystars! The robustness of an alkaline household battery has saved themfrom a serious setback.
Published: 9 October 1998
The First XMM Workshop 'Science with XMM', held at ESTEC from 30September to 2 October,was very well received and attracted over 200 non-ESA participants fromall over the world.Presentations covered a wide range of topics where XMM will greatlyextend the limitsof current scientific knowledge.
Published: 6 October 1998
At its 29 September meeting, ESA's Space Science Advisory Committeeunanimously recommended the implementation of the Mars Express baseline mission.
Published: 30 September 1998
The First XMM Workshop 'Science with XMM' was held at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 30 Sept. to 2 October.The Final Programme is available on the Conference web page.
Published: 29 September 1998
The race to construct and test four identical Cluster II spacecraft in 18months is now under way after engineers from the European Space Agency and Dornier Satellite Systems successfully completed their Pre-Integration Review on 22 September. This cleared the way for work to begin on Flight Model #6 atDornier's Friedrichshafen plant.
Published: 28 September 1998
Following a detailed status review of the XMM scientific instruments by our Director of the Scientific Programme, the launch date of 21 January 2000, 13:13 UTC has been selected.
Published: 24 September 1998
Returning a stream of data while flying alongside a comet almost 900million km from Earth requires a particularly sensitive and reliablecommunications network. The European Space Agency has recently signed acontract which should ensure that the vital information returned by theRosetta spacecraft during its long journey through the Solar System willsafely reach the eagerly waiting scientists.
Published: 22 September 1998
The European Southern Observatory's new giant telescope, has provided excellent new images of Rosetta's target comet, Comet Wirtanen.
Published: 21 September 1998
The SOHO solar spacecraft yesterday, 16 September 1998, obeyed commands that turned its face fully towards the Sun. For the first time since 25 June, when SOHO spun out of control and communication was lost, it points the right way. The SOHO flight operations team reported success in the manoeuvre, which is called attitude recovery, at 18:30 UT on 16 September 1998.
Published: 17 September 1998
Flares from the far reaches of the Universe, giant black holes in theheart of galaxies, clouds of radioactive material in our Milky Way,extremely dense remnants of dead stars and starquakes on bizarre,magnetised objects: the list of phenomena that emit powerful gamma raysis long and full of mysteries.
Published: 17 September 1998
The distance between Earth and Ulysses reached its maximum value on 28 August. the spacecraft and its home base are separated by 951 million kilometres (6.36 times theSun-Earth distance).
Published: 17 September 1998
For recent reviews on the age of the Universe, distances to Globular Clusters & the LargeMagellanic Cloud and the RR Lyrae distance scale see the Scientific Results page.
Published: 15 September 1998
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