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The two small Pluto moons with temporary designations S/2005 P 1 and S/2005 P 2, discovered in mid-May 2005 with the Hubble Space Telescope by Weaver et. al., have now been named by the International Astromical Union.
Published: 28 June 2006
NASA engineers continue to examine the issues surrounding a problem with the Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard Hubble. The instrument is currently off line, without any impact on the operations of the other science instruments.
Published: 28 June 2006
Presented in a recent paper by George Parks et al, unique observations of the combined Cluster and Double Star TC-1 spacecraft have revealed a new phenomenon of density holes in the solar wind, thousands of kilometres across.
Published: 20 June 2006
Based on recent observations by the Cluster and the Double Star TC-1 satellites, a team of American, European and Chinese scientists have discovered the presence of ion density holes in the solar wind, upstream of the Earth's bow shock, of thousands kilometers in size. More than 140 of such density holes were found, always observed with upstream particles (propagating against the solar wind flow), suggesting that backstreaming energetic particles interacting with the solar wind are important.
Published: 20 June 2006
Presented in a recent paper a team of astronomers led by R. Marcinkowski have shown INTEGRAL's capability to observe powerful Gamma-Ray Bursts that are located outside the telescope's field of view. The high energy radiation can pass through the lead shielding and onto the detectors. After analysis, the collected data can reveal the position on...
Published: 19 June 2006
The release of a Call for Mission Proposals has been pushed back to enable a review of the future programme by and a consolidated outcome from the SPRT.
Published: 1 June 2006
The Science Programme Committee of ESA met on 15/16 May 2006 and reviewed the status of Solar Orbiter - a mission to go inside the orbit of Mercury to get close to the Sun and climb out of the ecliptic plane to view the polar regions.
Published: 31 May 2006
The Science Programme Committee has approved the extension of the SOHO mission by more than two years, allowing the spacecraft to further extend its successful observations of the Sun.
Published: 24 May 2006
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first-ever picture of a distant quasar gravitationally lensed into five images by a massive cluster of galaxies.
Published: 23 May 2006
AKARI, the new Japanese infrared sky surveyor mission in which ESA is participating, saw first light on 13 April 2006 (UT). The first images were taken towards the end of a successful checkout of the spacecraft in orbit and show the enormous improvement in sensitivity and resolution compared to the IRAS satellite.
Published: 22 May 2006
Only 21 days after Titan-13, Cassini returns to Titan for its fifteenth targeted encounter. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Saturday, 20 May at 12:18 UTC at an altitude of 1879 km above the surface and at a speed of 5.8 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 0.4° (near equatorial) and the encounter occurs on orbit number 24.
Published: 19 May 2006
In an article based on multi-point observations from the Cluster spacecraft, a team led by Forrest Mozer reveals new insights into the processes at the core of the magnetic reconnection phenomenon.
Published: 19 May 2006
Deep observations of two X-ray bright galaxy clusters by XMM-Newton, have provided detailed information on the chemical composition of the hot intra-cluster medium and the difference in the evolution of these two clusters.
Published: 11 May 2006
During a ceremony held in Toulouse on 11 May 2006, ESA officially awarded EADS Astrium the contract to develop and build the Gaia satellite.
Published: 11 May 2006
On 7 May 2006, after a series of orbital control manoeuvres, Venus Express entered its nominal science operations orbit. Over the coming days instrument commissioning activities will continue.
Published: 9 May 2006
The first catalogue of X-ray sources found in slew data taken by the XMM-Newton X-ray observatory is now available. This first release contains several thousand sources from a region covering about 15% of the sky.
Published: 3 May 2006
Forty-two days after T12, Cassini returns to Titan for the fourteenth targeted flyby of Titan on Sunday, 30 April 2006 at 20:58:15 UTC. Cassini's closest approach to Saturn's largest satellite is at an altitude of 1855 kilometres above the surface at a speed of 6.0 kilometres per second.
Published: 29 April 2006
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is providing astronomers with extraordinary views of comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 as it disintegrates before our eyes.
Published: 27 April 2006
In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope's 16 years of success, a mosaic of HST observations of M82 is released in the most detailed wide view picture ever of this starburst galaxy.
Published: 24 April 2006
First release of map projected data from the HRSC camera flown on Mars Express on April 3rd, 2006
Published: 19 April 2006
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