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The European Space Agency (ESA) solicits proposals of scientific investigations for the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) of the BepiColombo mission. This Request for Proposal (RFP) is open to scientists from the Member States of ESA, Japan and other communities with which reciprocity or specific agreements exist.
Published: 27 February 2004
Gaia in 2003, a status report prepared by the Gaia Project Scientist, summarises the status of the Gaia project at the end of 2003, describes the progress achieved in 2003, and summarises the major ongoing and planned activities.
Published: 24 February 2004

Towards the end of last year a key milestone was reached for the Herschel mission - the completion of the silicon carbide primary mirror blank.

Published: 18 February 2004
A statement from the 106th meeting of the Science Programme Committee (SPC).
Published: 17 February 2004
A team of astronomers from around the world has found the most distant known galaxy in the universe. The galaxy, observed through the technique of graviational lensing is 13 billion light-years away.
Published: 15 February 2004
The highly successful Ulysses mission, with the aim of studying the high-latitude heliosphere, has been extended for a further four years. The decision was made at a meeting of ESA's Science Programme Committee in Paris.
Published: 12 February 2004
A Coronal Mass Ejection has caused a chance encounter of the Ulysses spacecraft with the ion tail of one and possibly two comets.
Published: 9 February 2004
With just 21 days to the launch of the European Space Agency's Rosetta comet mission, the spacecraft's lander has been named "Philae". Rosetta embarks on a 10-year journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Kourou, French Guiana, on 26 February. Philae is the island in the river Nile on which an obelisk was found that had a bilingual inscription including the names of Cleopatra and Ptolemy in Egyptian hieroglyphs. This provided the French historian Jean-François Champollion with the final clues that enabled him to decipher the hieroglyphs of the Rosetta Stone and unlock the secrets of the civilisation of ancient Egypt.
Published: 5 February 2004
The bubble-like structures seen in this HST image of the nearby dwarf galaxy NGC 1596, reveal the impact of vigorous star birth activity on the interstellar medium.
Published: 3 February 2004
Observations made with the HST reveal oxygen and carbon are present in the extended upper atmosphere of the extrasolar planet HD209458b.
Published: 2 February 2004
Over the next few weeks, scientists on the joint ESA-NASA Ulysses mission will be turning their attention away from the Sun, and looking at Jupiter. In early February, Ulysses will approach the giant planet for a second time - 12 years after their first encounter.
Published: 29 January 2004
Mars Express has returned its first high resolution image of the surface of Mars - the giant canyon system Valles Marineris.
Published: 19 January 2004
ESA's comet chaser will soon be heading towards a new target, known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but the mission team is confident that a rich scientific bonanza awaits when Rosetta arrives at its destination in the summer of 2014.
Published: 12 January 2004
From 26 December 2003 to 7 January 2004 the SOHO spacecraft went through a period known as a "Keyhole". For SOHO, now into its ninth year of operations, this is a relatively new event, and a direct result of the difficulties experienced with the High Gain Antenna (HGA) during the summer of 2003.
Published: 9 January 2004
The Mars Express spacecraft has not detected a signal from the Beagle 2 lander. The lander touched down on Christmas Day and a two week search has yet to find any sign that the lander is alive.
Published: 7 January 2004
A joint team of astronomers from Europe and the University of Hawaii has for the first time observed a stellar 'survivor' to emerge from a double star system involving an exploded supernova.
Published: 7 January 2004
MArs Express is moving into position to begin its search for the Beagle 2 lander.
Published: 6 January 2004
The Hubble Space Telescope has provided the last astronomical images of 2003 with investigations into distant clusters of galaxies.
Published: 31 December 2003
On 29th December the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully launched TC-1, the first of two scientific satellites known as Double Star on a Long March 2C launcher.
Published: 29 December 2003
During the general inspection process for the Long March 2 C-SM launcher, a malfunction appeared in the detach mechanism for the launcher's solid booster, which required to be replaced. The unit was exchanged and the system successfully tested. The S/C has been mated with the upper stage engine on the evening of 23 December, and the composite has been enclosed in the fairing again. The composite has been re-installed on the top of the rocket in the morning of Dec 24 and a Flight Simulation Test (FST) with all scientific payload has been completed in the afternoon. This test has been supported by all European Experimenters, who had to interrupt their family preparations for Christmas Eve. Using Internet Messenger and on-line data distribution, the FGM PI being available from South Africa, all PIs confirmed the proper functioning of the scientific instruments and the successful completion of the FST. The spacecraft and launcher are now ready for launch. The launch will take place on 29 December 19:06 UT.
Published: 25 December 2003
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