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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
In the morning of 19 December, ESA's Mars Express flawlessly released the Beagle 2 lander. Beagle 2 is now on its journey towards the surface of Mars, where it is expected to land early in the morning of 25 December.
Published: 19 December 2003
As the time for Beagle 2 separation approaches a representation of the landing site is available for download. Fly over the surface of Mars and explore the planet's terrain and features in detail.
Published: 12 December 2003
On 1 December Mars Express captured its first image of its final destination with the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). This astonishing image shows the red planet with just over 3 weeks to go until orbit insertion.
Published: 3 December 2003
ESA Mars Express probe is scheduled to arrive at Mars at Christmas : the Beagle 2 lander is expected to touch down on the surface of the Red Planet during the night of 24 to 25 December.
Published: 26 November 2003
The following positions are available at the ISDC, Geneva, - 1 Postdoctoral position - 1 PhD student position - 1 Senior visitor position
Published: 25 November 2003
Double Star ready for shipment to launch pad
Published: 21 November 2003
The SOHO-SWAN team has used the new Lyman-alpha method to monitor the activity of a giant sunspot duo on the Sun's far side. The duo was responsible for the solar storms in October.
Published: 19 November 2003
Published: 18 November 2003
IAA-ESA Workshop, The Next Steps in Exploring Deep Space
Published: 17 November 2003
Testing the high stability optics bench
Published: 17 November 2003
Published: 12 November 2003
At its 105th meeting, ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has made important decisions concerning the Cosmic Vision programme.
Published: 7 November 2003
On 4th November at 1950 UT the Sun released the most intense solar flare ever witnessed at class X28
Published: 5 November 2003
Using the technique of gravitational lensing astronomers have found the biggest, brightest and hottest star-forming region ever seen in space.
Published: 30 October 2003
On the 24th of October 2003, the SOHO spacecraft registered a huge Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), emitted by the Sun. Several hours later this eruption reached the Earth and was detected by a number of spacecraft including Cluster.
Published: 29 October 2003
With the launch of ESA's comet chaser scheduled for February 2004, the Rosetta team has been racing to meet a new challenge - a change of target.
Published: 28 October 2003
A meeting between representatives of the ESA and ESO science advisory structures took place in Garching (Germany) on 15-16 September 2003, to explore possibilities for future coordination between ground and space astronomy. Members of the executives of both ESO and the ESA Science Programme also participated.
Published: 21 October 2003
Some of the key science results to come out of the 6th Cluster Workshop
Published: 6 October 2003
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