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The XMM-Newton Observatory - A Year of Exciting Science

The XMM-Newton Observatory - A Year of Exciting Science

Publication date: 01 November 2000

Authors: Lumb, D. et al.

Journal: ESA Bulletin
Volume: 104
Page: pp.20-29
Year: 2000

Copyright: ESA

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.

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