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Detailed observations of the first new Soft Gamma Repeater in 10 years strengthen the unified view of the magnetar phenomenon; INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton target of opportunity programmes played a crucial role in this result
Published: 16 June 2009
Japan's lunar orbiter Kaguya yesterday concluded its successful scientific mission with a controlled impact on the lunar surface. The impact occurred at 18:25 UT on the Moon's near side and the resulting flash has been observed from the Earth.
Published: 11 June 2009
For the ESA Hubble scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute the end of servicing mission 4 signalled the start of a period of intense investigation and analysis as preparations for science observations get underway.
Published: 9 June 2009
On Saturday, 6 June, the Cassini spacecraft returns to Titan for the mission's fifty-seventh targeted encounter with Saturn's largest moon: T-56. The closest approach to Titan occurs at 20:00 UTC, at an altitude of 965 kilometres above the moon's surface and at a speed of 6.0 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 32.1°S and the encounter occurs on orbit number 112.
Published: 4 June 2009
The simultaneous detection of broad K and L iron lines in an AGN reveals hitherto unobserved details of the geometry and dynamics of the supermassive black hole at the centre of this galaxy.
Published: 27 May 2009
Dear Colleague,I am pleased to invite you to respond to the "Announcement of Opportunity" to submit proposals for observations to be performed with AKARI in the 2nd year of its Post-Helium phase.
Published: 25 May 2009
The last Hubble Servicing Mission concluded Sunday with a trouble-free Space Shuttle landing. During a series of unprecedented spacewalks, astronauts have primed the space telescope for its next discoveries
Published: 24 May 2009
After a perfect injection by the Ariane 5 launcher on 14 May and the successful first trajectory correction manoeuvres, commissioning of the payload and subsystems on both the Herschel and Planck spacecraft has now begun
Published: 20 May 2009
On Thursday, 21 May, Cassini returns to Saturn's largest moon for the mission's fifty-sixth targeted encounter with Titan: T55. The closest approach to Titan occurs at 21:26:41 UTC at an altitude of 965 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 6.0 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 22°S and the encounter occurs on orbit number 111.
Published: 19 May 2009
ESA PR 10-2009: Two of the most ambitious missions ever attempted to unveil the secrets of the darkest, coldest and oldest parts of the Universe got off to a successful start this afternoon with the dual launch of ESA's Herschel and Planck.
Published: 14 May 2009
At 15:12:02 CEST the Herschel and Planck satellite pair lifted off on board an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
Published: 14 May 2009
The fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is now underway. Although most eyes will be on the astronauts as they carry out the instrument replacement activities a lot of behind-the-scenes work will be going on in support of these activities. This includes the work of a dedicated ESA engineering support team monitoring the ESA hardware on the HST.
Published: 13 May 2009
The Herschel and Planck spacecraft are on the launch pad. Roll out was completed on 13 May. Launch on schedule for 14 May 13:12 UTC (15:12 CEST)
Published: 13 May 2009
The launcher for Herschel and Planck has been declared ready for launch following the successful conclusion of the Launch Readiness Review, RAL (Revue d'Aptitude au Lancement), held on 9 May and the close-out review held on 12 May. The launch from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, is scheduled for 14 May 2009.
Published: 13 May 2009
On Tuesday, 5 May, Cassini returns to Saturn's largest moon for the mission's fifty-fifth targeted encounter with Titan: T54. The closest approach to Titan occurs at 22:54:15 UTC at an altitude of 3244 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 5.8 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 14.1°S. The encounter occurs on...
Published: 5 May 2009
On 11 May 2009 the Space Shuttle Atlantis will launch with a crew of seven to visit the Hubble Space Telescope and carry out the fifth and final servicing mission, priming Hubble to continue its programme of discovery well into the next decade
Published: 1 May 2009
Combined observations with the six spacecraft of the Cluster and Double Star missions have allowed scientists to monitor in detail the impact of extreme solar events on the Earth and the near-Earth environment.
Published: 29 April 2009
On 28 April ESA issued a "Call for Declarations of Interest in Science Instrumentation" for the L-class Cosmic Vision mission study IXO. Prospective Instrument Study Teams are invited to submit proposals outlining the composition of nationally funded consortia to carry out assessment level studies.
Published: 28 April 2009
Now that additional checks on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher have been completed, Arianespace and ESA have set the launch date of Herschel and Planck for Thursday 14 May.
Published: 28 April 2009
To commemorate the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's 19 years of success, the orbiting telescope has photographed a peculiar system of interacting galaxies known as Arp 194
Published: 21 April 2009
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