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SOHO's antenna anomaly: things are much better than expected
Published: 3 July 2003
Magnetic reconnection is a Universal phenomenon process in magnetized plasma where magnetic field lines are broken and then reconnected. This explosive process is converting magnetic energy into particle heating and acceleration. Reconnection is believed to occur is all magnetized bodies, from astronomical objects to the Sun and in the magnetosphere.
Published: 29 June 2003
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Published: 26 June 2003
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft expects to experience a blackout in the transmission of its scientific data during the week of 22 June 2003.
Published: 24 June 2003
Delay in testing the Beagle 2 probe on Mars Express
Published: 24 June 2003
The European Space Agency solicits the scientific community to further increase the scientific return of the Double Star programme.
Published: 23 June 2003
Initial concerns over HGA problem
Published: 20 June 2003
Just two weeks after the flawless launch of Mars Express on its way towards the Red Planet, ESA and the European-Russian company Starsem reinforced their relationship with the signature of the Venus Express launch services agreement.
Published: 19 June 2003
Using the superior sensitivity of ESA's X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, a team of European astronomers has made the first direct measurement of a neutron star's magnetic field. The results provide deep insights into the extreme physics of neutron stars and reveal a new mystery yet to be solved about the end of this star's life.
Published: 11 June 2003
Mars Express now 1 million kilometres from Earth
Published: 6 June 2003
Europe's first mission to the Red Planet, continues its successful mission with another successful 'high-risk' post-launch milestone. Mars Express engineers breathed a sigh of relief this morning at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), in Germany.
Published: 5 June 2003

The European Mars Express space probe has been placed successfully in a trajectory that will take it beyond the terrestrial environment and on the way to Mars - getting there in late December 2003.

Published: 3 June 2003
Following an intensive campaign of technical and scientific investigations, the ESA Science Programme Committee has confirmed that its comet-chasing mission Rosetta will now set its sights on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. However, the putative February 2004 launch date cannot be fixed until the ESA Council has found a solution to the lack of cash in its Science Programme immediate budget.
Published: 2 June 2003
New destination for Rosetta
Published: 28 May 2003
There are many mysterious objects seen in the night sky which are not really well understood.
Published: 22 May 2003
We have known for 40 years that space weather affects the Earth, which is buffeted by a 'wind' from the Sun, but only now are we learning more about its precise origins. Solving the mystery of the solar wind has been a prime task for ESA's SOHO spacecraft. Its latest findings, announced on 20 May 2003, may overturn previous ideas about the origin of the 'fast' solar wind, which occurs in most of the space around the Sun.
Published: 21 May 2003
ESA's four Cluster spacecraft have made a remarkable set of observations that has led to a breakthrough in understanding the origin of a peculiar and puzzling type of aurora.
Published: 20 May 2003
On 2 June 2003, the first European mission to Mars will be launched. It will also be the first European mission to any planet. Mars Express has been designed to perform the most thorough exploration ever of the Red Planet. It has the ambitious aim of not only searching for water, but also understanding the 'behaviour' of the planet as a whole. However, the most ambitious aim of all may be that Mars Express is the only mission in more than 25 years that is daring to search for life.
Published: 20 May 2003
In one of the largest and most detailed celestial images ever, astronomers today unveil the coil-shaped Helix Nebula to celebrate Astronomy Day.
Published: 9 May 2003
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