Busy Days at European Space Agency
4 Aug 2003
(Source: European Space Agency)
Ulysses sees Galactic Dust on the rise
Ulysses is one of ESA's longest serving scientific satellites. It was launched in 1990 and in 2004 it will begin its thrid orbit around the Sun.
Observations by the DUST experiment on board Ulysses have shown that the stream of galactic stardust is highly affected by the Sun?s magnetic field. After the recent solar maximum, more dust is now expected to enter our Solar System.
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The SMART-1 Launch Campaign team are sending in reports from Kourou as the countdown to the launch of SMART-1 is well underway. New reports are being added every few days so remember to call back again from time to time. For the Journal visit: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=33593
SMART-1 is scheduled for launch on 01:30 CE Summer Time, Friday 29th August (23:30 UT, Thursday 28th August)
ISO Data Archive
In the afternoon of the 24th of July 2003, a new version (v6.0) of the ISO Data Archive (IDA) software was installed. This upgrades the functionality associated with, and visibility of, the Highly Processed Data Products - data reduced systematically 'by hand', and allows for continuous ingestion of ISO catalogues and atlases from the community.
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Mars Express is well on its way to the Red Planet. For those left behind on Earth spectacular views of the planet are possible this month. On August 27th Mars it at its closest to Earth, reaches opposition on 28th and perihelion on August 30th. This will present the finest views of Mars for many centuries. The planet can be found by looking due South at midnight on the dates mentioned.
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