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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
Hubble has captured the most detailed images to date of the open star clusters NGC 265 and NGC 290 in the Small Magellanic Cloud showing a myriad of stars in clear detail.
Published: 19 April 2006
Scientists have released the first ever images of the Venusian south pole. Venus Express captured the images on 12 April from a distance of 200 000 km following its successful orbit insertion manoeuvre.
Published: 13 April 2006
Following a successful burn of its main engine Venus Express has entered into an eccentric orbit around Venus. Over the next 3 weeks the orbit will be gradually reduced to a final operational orbit by 7 May.
Published: 10 April 2006
Space imagery from Hubble is combined with song and music in the first of a new series of video-pods from Yellow House English, that are based on the space theme and form a tool for teaching the English language to young children up to 12 years old.
Published: 6 April 2006
Published 8 November 2005 in Annales Geophysicae, an article by Zhang et al. presents the first ever simultaneous observation of neutral sheet oscillations, giving a more global view of this phenomenon than previously possible.
Published: 30 March 2006
Published 8 November 2005 in Annales Geophysicae, an article by Zhang et al. presents the first ever simultaneous observation of neutral sheet oscillations over a distance of 5 Earth radii.
Published: 30 March 2006
INTEGRAL has detected surprisingly powerful X-ray and gamma ray emission from a special class of neutron star, known as Anomulous X-ray Pulsars (AXP), which proves them to be among the most magnetically active bodies known.
Published: 17 March 2006
The Director of the Scientific Programme, Prof. David Southwood, has released the 4th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-4) for observing proposals with INTEGRAL.
Published: 17 March 2006
Only 19 days after Titan-11, Cassini returns to Titan for its thirteenth targeted encounter. The closest approach to Titan occurs on Sunday, 19 March, at 00:06 UT at an altitude of 1951 km above the surface and at a speed of 5.8 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 0° (equator) and the encounter occurs on orbit number 22.
Published: 17 March 2006
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