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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
Deciphering the processes of the Universe's alchemy which fabricate the elements of stars and galaxies, as well as theendpoints of stellar life, will be the tasks of ESA's INTEGRAL satellite, the INTErnational Gamma-Ray AstrophysicsLaboratory. Gamma-rays are a million times more energetic than visible light and bring us information from stupendousphysical events that made the universe habitable.A unique opportunity for journalists and cameramen to view INTEGRAL will be provided at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk,The Netherlands on Tuesday 22 September.
Published: 11 September 1998
Over the summer the INTEGRAL spacecraft has successfully passed thetest campaign of its structural and thermal model.
Published: 8 September 1998
On Friday 4 September, 13:00 hours, ESA received all the industrial proposals (Phases B/C/D) for building the Mars Express spacecraft.
Published: 8 September 1998
On its way to meet with comet 46 P/Wirtanen, Rosetta will fly by and study two asteroids. The target asteroids have changed to Otawara and Siwa.
Published: 8 September 1998
The SOHO mission interruption joint ESA/NASA SOHO investigation boardconcludes that "there were no anomalies on-board the SOHO spacecraft but that a number of ground errors led to the major loss of attitude experienced by thespacecraft." The full report is now available on-line.
Published: 4 September 1998
The first Mars Express Science Working Team (SWT) meeting is being held at ESTEC, Noordwijk, 3 and 4 September.
Published: 3 September 1998
Activities to bring the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft back to normal operating conditions continue with good results as the SOHO mission interruption joint ESA/NASA investigation board today releases its final report analysing the causes that led to interruption of the spacecraft's observations on 25 June this year.
Published: 1 September 1998
When a team believes in its project, then any game is good to get it known ! And when the programme concerned is XMM, Europe's largest-ever science satellite, then even the inter-active fun of virtual reality can be put to good use !
Published: 20 August 1998
EXOSAT lives! Even though ESA's first X-ray astronomy satellitecame to the end of its life in 1986, it continues to produce newresults.
Published: 18 August 1998
The contract between Starsem and ESA for the launch of the four Cluster II satellites was signed on Friday 24 July 1998 at ESA Headquarters. At the signing ceremony, Starsem was represented by Jean-Yves Le Gall, its Chairman and CEO. Roger Bonnet, Director of the Scientific Programme, represented the Agency.
Published: 18 August 1998
Six days after receiving the first signal from the dormant SOHO Spacecraft, several blocks of telemetry data giving the spacecraft's on-board status were acquired late Saturday night, 8 August, at 23:15 hrs GMT. Further data acquisitions took place on Sunday 9 August and will continue in the following days."This is the best news I've heard since we lost contact with SOHO on 25 June" said Roger Bonnet, ESA's Director of Science. "I never gave up hope of some recovery of this fantastic mission. We should just hope that the damage sustained by SOHO's enforced period of deep freeze does not affect the scientific payload too much."
Published: 11 August 1998
Having succeeded in receiving a response from the SOHO spacecraft late on Monday night (3 August 1998), controllers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center(GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA have continued to coax information from the spacecraft concerning its on-board status.
Published: 6 August 1998
European Space Agency astronaut Claude Nicollier from Switzerland will be aboard the US Space Shuttle Columbia when it takes off from Cape Canaveral in May 2000, on flight STS-104, for the third servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Claude Nicollier has been selected as one of the four mission specialists for STS-104, together with three NASA astronauts - Steven L. Smith, Michael Foale and John M. Grunsfeld.
Published: 4 August 1998
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