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The Tethys flyby is technically non-targeted (meaning there are no manoeuvres solely designed to control the flyby trajectory); however, through efforts recently made by the Cassini navigation team, this encounter was able to be lowered to allow for a close study of the icy moon.
Published: 23 September 2005
The Millennium Star Atlas is to be reprinted in a soft cover version. The Atlas contains 1548 sky charts, depicting the heavens with unprecedented information on the nature of our Galaxy using the stellar information drawn from ESA's Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues.
Published: 21 September 2005
On 27 December 2004, radiation from the biggest starquake on a neutron star ever recorded reached Earth. Unique data obtained by Double Star TC-2 and Cluster satellites enabled a group of European scientists to find the first observational evidence of cracks in the neutron star crust, during the initial phase of the starquake. This result, published 16 June 2005 in the Astrophysical Journal, dicriminates between current theories on the physical origin of such massive starquakes.
Published: 21 September 2005
The Double Star TC-2 and Cluster satellites have gathered unique data from the biggest starquake on a neutron star ever recorded, enabling the discrimination between current theories on the origin of these type of events.
Published: 21 September 2005
Members of the scientific community in all of the ESA member states are invited to respond to the Announcement of Opportunity to submit proposals for observations to be performed with ASTRO-F, the Japanese infrared all-sky survey mission.
Published: 21 September 2005
Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the presence of a compact disk of young stars at the heart of the Andromeda galaxy surrounding the central black hole.
Published: 20 September 2005
A large study of quasars conducted with Hubble and the VLT has resulted in the first observation of a unique type of quasar, one with no readily observable host galaxy.
Published: 14 September 2005
In an article to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, Bélanger et al. report on the nature of a hard X-ray source located near and associated with the black hole at the centre of our galaxy.
Published: 14 September 2005
The Victoria Space Science Education Centre was built for the purpose of the promotion of science. The Centre will allow students to be immersed in a space science mission to Mars and to work as scientists on the ISS.
Published: 13 September 2005
Titan-7 is the eighth targeted encounter of Saturn's largest moon. The flyby occurs on Wednesday 7 September at 08:12 UTC. The closest approach will be at an altitude of 1075 km above the surface at a speed of 5.9 km s-1. Titan has a diameter of 5150 km, so the spacecraft passes just a Titan radii. The phase on approach is approximately 50°, reaching 85° at closest approach, and is approximately 128° outbound. The lower phase angles are good for the Cassini cameras.
Published: 6 September 2005
There will be 7 instruments on board Venus Express, and PRODEX contribution in Belgium is SPICAV, instrument developed by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy.
Published: 6 September 2005
The Payload Definition Document (PDD) has been reissued as version 4.1.
Published: 26 August 2005
The next issue of the SPC agreed annual calls for support to nationally led projects, including projects of non-Member States.
Published: 22 August 2005
On 9 August 1975 ESA's first scientific satellite, Cos-B, was launched. Cos-B was ESA's first foray into producing a spacecraft with a single payload: a high-energy gamma-ray telescope. The mission was a remarkable success and returned the first detailed observations of gamma-ray emission from within our galaxy.
Published: 17 August 2005
Titan-6 is the sixth close flyby, and seventh targeted encounter of Saturn's largest moon. The flyby occurs on Monday 22 August at 08:54 UTC. The closest approach will be at an altitude of 3669 km above the surface at a speed of 5.9 kms-1. The latitude at closest approach is -59°.
Published: 16 August 2005
A number of interesting papers have recently been published based on data gathered by INTEGRAL - ESA's gamma-ray observatory. They cover a range of observations covering all the capabilities of the spacecraft.
Published: 16 August 2005
Thanks to measurements by ESA's Cluster mission, a team of European scientists have identified 'micro' -vortices in Earth's magnetosphere. Such small-scale vortex turbulence, whose existence was predicted through mathematical models, has not been observed before in space. The results are not only relevant for space physics, but also for other applications like research on nuclear fusion.
Published: 11 August 2005
A publication in the Annales Geophysicae reports on the first ever measurement of the current density in the ring current region using data from the Cluster spacecraft.
Published: 28 July 2005
The 16 July 2005 marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of the first two Cluster satellites from Baikonur. It also coincides with the end of two months of successful manoeuvres in space for the four spacecraft of the Cluster mission.
Published: 14 July 2005
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