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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
Hubble has returned to the intriguing V838 Monocerotis many times since its initial outburst in 2002 to follow the evolution of its light echo. Two new images provide the most astonishing views of V838 to date.
Published: 26 October 2006
A dedicated study based on Hubble data of the proper motions of stars in one of our Galaxy's densest globular cluster - 47 Tucanae - has provided the best evidence yet, of the process of stellar sorting by mass inside a globular cluster.
Published: 25 October 2006
Only 16 days after Titan-19, Cassini returns to Titan for its twenty-first targeted encounter. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Wednesday, 25 October 2006, at 15:58:07 UT at an altitude of 1030 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 5.99 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 7.5° and the encounter occurs on orbit number 31.
Published: 24 October 2006
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Published: 23 October 2006
Hubble's new sharpest view of the Antennae galaxies reveals the merger induced star formation in great detail and provides the required resolution to determine the fate of the young super star clusters in this merger galaxy
Published: 17 October 2006
The processing of Gaia's extensive data harvest will be a formidable and complex task, for which ESA must rely on the scientific community.
Published: 16 October 2006
New deep Hubble-ACS observations of a distant protocluster of galaxies reveals in sharp detail the infall of satellite galaxies toward the central powerful radio galaxy, a forming massive cD galaxy.
Published: 12 October 2006
The ESA director of science David Southwood invites proposers from all over the world to participate in this Announcement of Opportunity for Key Programmes of the AO-5 Cycle of Observations with INTEGRAL.
Published: 10 October 2006
By combining numerous Hubble observations taken over a 3-year period with ground based observations, a team of astronomers led by G. Fritz Benedict and Barbara E. McArthur has deduced the inclination of the nearest exoplanet's orbit around its parent star Epsilon Eridani and found it to be aligned with the star's debris disk.
Published: 10 October 2006
On 9 October 2006, Cassini performs its 20th targeted flyby of Titan. Among other science objectives, Cassini will use the RADAR instrument to image the lakes at high northern latitudes that were discovered during an earlier flyby in July this year.
Published: 9 October 2006
In a dedicated survey, the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered 16 extrasolar planet candidates orbiting a variety of distant stars in our Galaxy, and among these a new class of planets is discovered with an extremely short orbital period.
Published: 4 October 2006
Detailed simultaneous observations by the Cluster spacecraft and the TC-1 Double Star satellite, reveal new characteristics of reconnection sites at the Earth's magnetopause.
Published: 3 October 2006
Using coordinated observations of the CNSA/ESA Double Star and ESA/NASA Cluster missions, a team of European and US scientists reveals new features of magnetic reconnection at the Earth's magnetopause. These results improve our knowledge on how, where and under which conditions the solar wind manages to penetrate the Earth's magnetic shield on the flank of the magnetosphere.
Published: 3 October 2006
Hubble's workhorse, the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), resumed science operations on 1 October 2006 with one of its three channels, the Wide Field Channel (WFC), brought back into service. Historically, this channel has accounted for 70-80% of all observations obtained with the ACS. Observations with the WFC form an integral part of the HST science observing plan for next week.
Published: 2 October 2006
A recent article in the Astrophysical Journal by Renaud et al. presents the results of detailed spectroimaging of the young Cassiopeia A supernova remnant with INTEGRAL IBIS/ISGRI that constrain the 44Ti signature and production models.
Published: 29 September 2006
A multilingual version of the Huygens Descent movies is now available, thanks to a collaboration between Europlanet and the ESA Communication office.
Published: 26 September 2006
Only 16 days after Titan-17, Cassini returns to Titan for its nineteenth targeted encounter. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Saturday, 23 September, at 18:59 UT at an altitude of 960 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 5.8 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 71°, and the encounter occurs on orbit number 29.
Published: 22 September 2006
Astronomers analyzing two of the deepest views of the cosmos have uncovered a gold mine of galaxies, more than 500 that existed less than a billion years after the Big Bang.
Published: 22 September 2006
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