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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
After the highly successful test flight of the Ariane 503, Martin Huber, Head of ESA's Space Science Department, said:" With the successful launch of Ariane 503, ESA's Science Directorate cannow look forward optimistically to the future as two of its major missions inthe future programme are due to be launched on board Ariane 5's.We will launch the X-ray Multi-mirror Mission, XMM, in 2000, and the Rosettamission will start its journey to a rendez-vous with Comet Wirtanenon board an Ariane 5 rocket in 2003"
Published: 22 October 1998
The bright massive central star in the spectacular Trifid nebula iscreating a second generation of young stars, in a 'chain reaction' processthat is taking place in less than a hundred thousand years. The occurrenceof such a process had been theoretically postulated, but now for the firsttime, the European Space Agency's ISO infrared space telescope is seeing itin unprecedented detail.
Published: 21 October 1998
The European Space Agency's ISO infrared telescope has detected for the first time the presence of the molecule benzene in Saturn's atmosphere, an unexpected result that poses now the new problem of having to explain how this molecule has been produced. This is one of the new findings presented today at the international meeting "The Universe as seen by ISO" that is being held this week in Paris and is attended by 400 astronomers.
Published: 20 October 1998
A system and technology study has been conducted by the European industrial consortium of Alenia (Italy) and Dornier (Germany) and a review of the first phase of this study took place on 15 October at ESTEC.
Published: 19 October 1998
The Third International conference on the Exploration and Utilization of the Moon(3ICEUM) took place at the President hall of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 10-14 October 1998.
Published: 16 October 1998
A huge ring of organic matter surrounding a young star has been observed by the European Space Agency's ISO space telescope. This is a kind of structure never detected before. With this finding ISO shows again a clear example of how the stars and their environment work as nature's chemical factories: not only is water being produced there - as ISO demonstrated -, but complex organic molecules are also present; these molecules are, essentially, the basic building blocks of all living organisms.
Published: 15 October 1998
The European Space Agency's ISO space telescope has detected the first known infrared-bright gravitational arcs, which are the distorted and magnified images of very faraway objects. The gravitational arcs seen by ISO are revealing some of the farthest objects ever detected in the infrared, and scientists believe they may be distant young galaxies in collision. They number more than thirty, and their distance falls close to the place and time of the Big Bang.
Published: 15 October 1998
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
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