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Newly released results, obtained by the RADAR instrument on board Cassini during a close flyby of Titan in July 2006, provide the strongest evidence yet for the existence of hydrocarbon lakes on the large moon.
Published: 5 January 2007
29 December 2006 marks a milestone for the fleet of four Cluster spacecraft with its 1000th orbit around the Earth. In their highly elliptical polar orbit the four spacecraft explore the Earth's environment with unique multipoint observations.
Published: 29 December 2006
Just 16 days after Titan-21, Cassini returns to Titan for its twenty-third targeted encounter. During this last flyby of the year, Titan's gravity field will be measured by Cassini's radio science instruments in search for a potential subsurface ocean. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Thursday, 28 December, at 10:05:22 UTC at an altitude of 1300 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 5.9 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 40.2° N and the encounter occurs on orbit number 36.
Published: 27 December 2006
2006 was another excellent year of scientific exploration and discovery within ESA. 2007 promises more of the same.
Published: 22 December 2006
The MARSIS instrument on board Mars Express has found evidence of ancient buried basins in the Martian northern lowlands. The discovery provides important constraints on the geological history of the Martian crust.
Published: 14 December 2006
Observations made during the recent flyby of Titan, on 25 October 2006, by the Cassini spacecraft, have revealed a massive mountain range on Saturn's largest moon.
Published: 13 December 2006
High-resolution observations from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed what was previously thought of as a single massive star to actually be a multiple system of massive stars.
Published: 12 December 2006
After 48 days Cassini returns to Titan for its twenty-second targeted encounter, Titan-21. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Tuesday, 12 December at 11:41:31 UT, at an altitude of 1000 km above the surface and at a speed of 5.9 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 43.9° N (over the uncharted area known only as 'Belet') and the encounter occurs on orbit number 35.
Published: 7 December 2006
A team of scientists led by Katariina Nykyri revealed in a recent publication the presence of magnetic reconnection within giant ~40 000 km sized plasma swirls, that allows solar wind material to penetrate the Earth's magnetopause.
Published: 6 December 2006
A milestone was reached Monday 20 November, with the successful integration of the focal plane units of the two Planck instruments HFI and LFI into a single assembly at Alcatel Alenia Space in France.
Published: 22 November 2006
On 17 November, the joint ESA-NASA Ulysses mission reached another important milestone with the start of the third passage over the Sun's south pole.
Published: 17 November 2006
The Second Workshop devoted to ESA's Solar Orbiter Mission was held at the Divani Palace Acropolis in Athens, Greece, on 16-20 October 2006. The meeting was an unqualified success, both from a scientific point of view, and - perhaps even more importantly - from a programmatic one.
Published: 17 November 2006
More than 80 scientists from Europe and the US gathered in Oxnard, California, at the beginning of November to pore over the latest results from the Heliospheric Network, the international fleet of spacecraft studying the Sun and heliosphere, and to discuss its future.
Published: 15 November 2006
The instruments on board the Cassini spacecraft have observed an enormous storm raging in the atmosphere above Saturn's south pole. This type and scale of storm has never before been seen on another planet.
Published: 14 November 2006
Recent studies of data obtained by ESA's four Cluster spacecraft and the NASA IMAGE mission, have proven the Earth's outer plasmasphere to be very complex and highly dynamic in nature on both small and large scales.
Published: 13 November 2006
Folowing the SPC meeting on 7-8 November, a tentative schedule for the issuing of the Call for Proposals for "Cosmic Vision 2015-2025" has been set up.
Published: 10 November 2006
On 8 November 2006, ESA's Science Programme Committee has approved a 9 months extension of ESA involvement in the Double Star Programme (DSP) operations from 1 January 2007 to 30 September 2007.
Published: 9 November 2006
After more than a decade of fascinating discoveries, The Hubble Space Telescope will soon be given the new beginning that it deserves. On Tuesday, 31 October 2006, NASA has decided to approve a Space Shuttle mission to repair and upgrade the observatory, despite new Shuttle safety rules formulated after the Columbia disaster that would normally rule out such a rescue mission.
Published: 2 November 2006
The polar caps on Mars consist chiefly of CO2 and exhibit seasonal variations in their coverage. Observations by the OMEGA instrument are challenging current theories on the nature of one particular region of the southern polar cap known as the cryptic region.
Published: 27 October 2006
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