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The qualification model of Gaia's unique deployable sunshield has been installed in the Large Space Simulator at ESA's ESTEC test facilities to undergo thermal testing in simulated space conditions
Published: 22 July 2009
INTEGRAL's all-sky map of the 511 keV line emission has been used to conclude that dark matter is not the origin of galactic positron annihilation, contrary to what had been assumed in past years.
Published: 22 July 2009
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Using data from the Cluster mission scientists have discovered a mechanism that can account for the heating of the solar wind. This discovery was highlighted in the 12 June 2009 issue of Physical Review Letters.
Published: 16 July 2009
From 20 - 24 July an ESA-sponsored Mars Advanced School will be held in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China. About 40 graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as researchers, from mainland China and Taiwan, will attend this intensive, five-day course, with expert teaching staff from Europe and China.
Published: 15 July 2009
The first images and spectra obtained with the three Herschel instruments (HIFI, PACS and SPIRE) demonstrate their excellent condition and provide a foretaste of the exciting science that is to come.
Published: 10 July 2009
On 29 and 30 June the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, David Southwood met NASA's Associate Administrator for Science, Ed Weiler, in Plymouth, UK, to establish a way for a progressive programme for exploration of the Red Planet.
Published: 8 July 2009
A key milestone has been reached as the detectors of both the Planck instruments, HFI and LFI, are now at their operational temperatures, making the HFI detectors the coldest known objects in outer space at just 0.1K above absolute zero
Published: 3 July 2009
In-situ measurements of grains in Saturn's E ring show sodium concentrations that point at a subsurface ocean on the icy moon Enceladus, which with its south polar plumes is the main source of the E-ring particles
Published: 25 June 2009
On Monday, 22 June, the Cassini spacecraft returns to Titan for the mission's fifty-eighth targeted encounter with Saturn's largest moon: T-57. The closest approach to Titan occurs at 18:32:35 UTC, at an altitude of 955 kilometres above the moon's surface and at a speed of 6.0 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 42.2°S and the encounter occurs on orbit number 113.
Published: 19 June 2009
Just one month after launch, test images obtained by the PACS instrument on Herschel provide a tantalising glimpse at things to come.
Published: 19 June 2009
The Cluster and Double Star missions have reached the milestone of 1000 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. After almost nine years in space, the four Cluster spacecraft continue to produce new science and cross new regions of space.
Published: 18 June 2009
On the occasion of the launch of the two NASA missions LRO and LCROSS (due on Thursday 18 June, 21:12 GMT), we have asked some questions to Bernard H. Foing (BHF), ESA project scientist for SMART-1 and Executive director for the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG).
Published: 17 June 2009
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
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