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The strong stellar wind and intense ultraviolet radiation of a young hot star is blowing a bubble into the surrounding gas. The object, known as N44F, lies in our neighbouring dwarf galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Published: 13 August 2004
ESA's Cluster spacecraft has discovered vortices of ejected solar material high above the Earth. The superheated gases trapped in these structures are probably tunnelling their way into the Earth's magnetic 'bubble', the magnetosphere.
Published: 12 August 2004
gamma-ray burst detected by ESA's Integral gamma-ray observatory on 3 December 2003 has been thoroughly studied for months by an armada of space and ground-based observatories. Astronomers have now concluded that this event, called GRB 031203, is the closest cosmic gamma-ray burst on record, but also the faintest. This also suggests that an entire population of sub-energetic gamma-ray bursts has so far gone unnoticed.
Published: 6 August 2004
Following a competitive definition study, ESA has awarded EADS Astrium GmbH with the contract to build the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) instrument on board the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Published: 6 August 2004
At 07:05 UT (15:05 local time) 25 July 2004, the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully launched TC-2, the second of two scientific satellites known as Double Star.
Published: 26 July 2004
The Cassini-Huygens Scientists presented their latest results to a press briefing organised at COSPAR on Friday 23 July. These results were a preview of the papers that will be presented at the special Cassini-Huygens session on Saturday 24 July. The panel was composed of the following speakers:
Published: 23 July 2004
Testing of the Venus Express spacecraft is well on its way in Alenia, Torino. Most of the spacecraft units providing power, radio-frequency, attitude control and on board data handling functions have been mounted on the structure and tested.
Published: 12 July 2004
A new free software plug-in, released 8 June, makes a whole range of archival astronomical images and spectra in FITS format accessible to home astronomy enthusiasts.
Published: 8 July 2004
Herschel's primary mirror blank has been transported to Finland for a final polish prior to the application of the reflective aluminium layer early next year.
Published: 6 July 2004
The first set of raw images taken by the Cassini spacecraft were sent back to Earth showing detailed views of the Saturnian rings.
Published: 1 July 2004
Hubble has captured a subregion of the second largest star-forming region, N11, in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Published: 1 July 2004
The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft followed a perfect orbit injection sequence and was confirmed to be in orbit around Saturn this morning, 1 July, at 04:11 UT.
Published: 30 June 2004
SNR 12-2004Yesterday the European Space Agency (ESA) and EADS Astrium have signed the 80 million Euro contract to build the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft. Scheduled for launch in 2008, LISA Pathfinder will test in orbit a series of high-precision technologies essential for the future LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) project. This is a joint ESA/NASA mission which will try to detect gravitational waves, testing the fundamental theories of gravitation.
Published: 24 June 2004
ESA PR 33-2004. The ESA/NASA Cassini-Huygens mission, launched in October 1997, is currently heading for Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The ESA Huygens probe will be the first ever to land on the surface of a moon in the outer Solar System, and the NASA Cassini orbiter will continue to explore Saturn and its rings.
Published: 23 June 2004
Recent statistical studies of Cluster data have provided new insights into the origin of rapid large-amplitude magnetic variations in the centre of the Earth's magnetotail.
Published: 23 June 2004
An international team of astronomers using the world's biggest telescopes have directly measured the mass of an ultra-cool brown dwarf star and its companion dwarf star for the first time.
Published: 15 June 2004
The Solar Orbiter project is now well into the Assessment Phase. Work on development of possible mission scenarios and payload definition is currently being undertaken by various ESA bodies and industrial partners.
Published: 14 June 2004
Using data from the Hipparcos and Tycho-2 catalogues, both generated from data acquired by the ESA Hipparcos mission, the Hayden Planetarium has developed a high precision model of our galaxy.
Published: 28 May 2004
This is to inform you of the first round of the ESA Astro-E2 Guest Investigator Programme (EAO-1). Scientists belonging to institutions within ESA Member States may apply for observing time on the Japanese/US X-ray astronomy mission Astro-E2 through this AO. The aim of the programme is to maximize the scientific return from the mission through co-operation between European and Japanese scientists. Assuming a launch in 2005 January/February, the observing time covered by EAO-1 will start in around 2005 September and last for 12 months. Approximately 6% of the total observing time will be allocated to successful proposals from the ESA Member States.
Published: 14 May 2004
On 18 April 2002, three cusps were consecutively observed by Cluster over the northern hemisphere. A detailed study reveals that this triple cusp was a temporal sequence rather than a spatial effect.
Published: 13 May 2004
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