ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
Following approval from various committees the selected payload for the Mercury Planetary Orbiter has entered the final stages of the definition phase.
Using the computational power and flexibility of the GaiaGrid, a simulation corresponding to five years of Gaia observations of 1000 astrometric binary stars has been successfully completed.
After a journey lasting 412 days SMART-1 has entered into orbit around the Moon. For the next two months the orbit will be refined until science operations begin in mid-January 2005.
Scientists working on INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton, ESA's two high-energy observatories, have published details of recent observations on the galactic centre and a supernova.
The discovery of a probable companion star of supernova SN1572A supports the theory of Type Ia supernovae originating in a binary system.
The European solar community has a wealth of data of different nature and origin from its successful solar missions. Tackling the problem of accessing this large distributed dataset is the goal of the European Grid of Solar Observations.
Using data from ESA's Hipparcos satellite, a team of European astronomers has discovered several groups of 'rebel' stars in the vicinity of our Sun, that move in peculiar directions caused by our galaxy's spiral arms.
Between 4-7 October a symposium on the scientific aspects of the Gaia mission was held at the Observatoire de Paris. The meeting covered the current status of the Gaia mission and reviewed recent working group studies.