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Ulysses, the mission to study the Sun's poles and the influence of our star on surrounding space is coming to an end. After more than 17 years in space - almost four times its expected lifetime - the mission is finally succumbing to its harsh environment.
Published: 22 February 2008
Many technologies have become so advanced that they've been miniaturized to take up less space and weigh less. That's what happened to detector controls and data conversion electronics on the James Webb Space Telescope being built by Northrop Grumman.
Published: 20 February 2008
Eta Carinae is a complex binary system, at a distance of around 8000 light years, with a large nebulosity surrounding the central objects. Observations with INTEGRAL have confirmed the nature of hard X-ray emission from the region to be from inverse compton scattered photons accelerated in a region where two stellar winds collide.
Published: 20 February 2008
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have compiled a large catalogue of gravitational lenses in the distant Universe. The catalogue contains a staggering 67 new gravitationally lensed images found around massive elliptical and lenticular-shaped galaxies.
Published: 19 February 2008
Observations from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have revealed a lensed galaxy to be one of the most distant galaxies known, residing at a redshift of ~7.6
Published: 12 February 2008
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Published: 7 February 2008
The first set of high-resolution Digital Terrain Models (DTM) and ortho-images of Mars derived from HRSC data gathered during the first six months of the Mars Express mission have been released and are publically available online
Published: 6 February 2008
The giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1132 is at the heart of a fossil group together with dwarf galaxies and thousands of globular clusters, all embedded in an enormous halo of dark matter
Published: 6 February 2008
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First ever observations by Cluster of the actual size of the electron diffusion region at the heart of magnetic reconnection reveals the region to be much larger than previously thought, with implications for design and operations of future space missions
Published: 23 January 2008
Workshop, 5-6 March 2008, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The NetherlandsFirst Announcement
Published: 18 January 2008
AnnouncementThe International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, invites proposals from International Teams to conduct on its premises study activities in Space Science (Earth System sciences, Solar and Solar Terrestrial science, Planetary science, Astrobiology, Astrophysics and Fundamental physics), based on the analysis and evaluation of existing data from several spacecraft and eventual integration with ground observations and theoretical models.
Published: 17 January 2008
Monday, 14 January, Ulysses passed another milestone as the spacecraft reached the highest north solar latitude in its orbit, passing over the Sun's north polar cap at about 80° N for the third time in its now more than 17-year long mission
Published: 15 January 2008
Discovered in images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys the gravitational lens system SDSSJ0946+1006 displays a unique double Einstein ring due to a fortuitous aligning of two distant galaxies and a foreground elliptical galaxy.
Published: 10 January 2008
Data gathered with the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys has allowed the mapping of dark matter in supercluster Abell 901/902, shedding light on the history and evolution of galaxies in this supercluster
Published: 10 January 2008
The Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys has resolved mysterious "blue blobs" in a structure called Arp's Loop between the galaxies M81 and M82 and and found them to be brilliant blue clusters of stars born in the gas swirls and eddies induced by a galactic interaction 200 million years ago.
Published: 9 January 2008
Almost sixteen days after Cassini's last Titan flyby, the spacecraft revisits Saturn's largest moon for its forty-first targeted encounter: T-40. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Saturday, 5 January, at 21:30:20 UT at an altitude of 1010 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 6.3 kms-1. The latitude at closest approach is 12° S and the encounter occurs on orbit number 55.
Published: 2 January 2008
2007 has been another year of scientific discovery. Every one of the science missions in operation has produced new results in many fields of astronomy.
Published: 20 December 2007
As already stated in the Announcement of Opportunity for the Solar Orbiter payload,the draft Science Management Plan for Solar Orbiter had not formally been approvedby the Science Programme Committee at the time of the AO release.
Published: 20 December 2007
On 20 December 2007, Cassini returns to Titan for its fortieth targeted encounter with the large moon: T39. The closest approach occurs at 22:57:55 UT at an altitude of 970 km above the surface with a relative speed of 6.3 kms-1. The latitude at closest approach is 70° S and the encounter occurs on orbit number 54.
Published: 17 December 2007
Note - Deadline for submission has passedDear Colleague,As you may recall, a proposal for ESA's participation in the Space Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA) mission led by JAXA was recommended by the Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC) at its October 2007 meeting for an Assessment Study phase lasting until 2009.The purpose of the present letter is to draw your attention to the opportunities for individuals and scientific institutions from ESA member states to participate in the Assessment Phase study activities of the Far-IR instrument foreseen on SPICA and solicit your interest in the project.
Published: 12 December 2007
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