The XMM-Newton Observatory - A Year of Exciting Science
Publication date: 01 November 2000
Authors: Lumb, D. et al.
Journal: ESA Bulletin
The XMM-Newton space observatory - a Cornerstone mission in ESA's Horizon 2000 Programme and originally referred to as the High- Throughput X-ray Spectroscopy Mission - was placed into a 48-hour orbit by the first commercial Ariane-5 launch (V504) on 10 December 1999. This brief survey of the scientific results obtained during the first year of XMM-Newton operations clearly illustrates that the observatory is more than living up to expectations and already providing unique and promising results, even before full scientific data analysis gets officially underway.Link to publication