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4 Mar 2004
(Source: European Space Agency)

Thursday, 04-Mar-2004 - Updates from ESA Science and Technology web site


PHOTO RELEASE - V838 MONOCEROTIS REVISITED: SPACE PHENOMENON IMITATES ART [HEIC0405] 'Starry Night', Vincent van Gogh's famous painting, is renowned for its bold whorls of light sweeping across a raging night sky. Although this image of the heavens came only from the artist's restless imagination, a new picture from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope bears remarkable similarities to the van Gogh work, complete with never-before-seen spirals of dust swirling across trillions of kilometres of interstellar space.

STATUS REPORT - Following the successful launch of the Rosetta spacecraft on Tuesday 2 March the mission specialists at ESOC have been bringing the spacecraft systems online. This first mission status report summarises the activities of the past couple of days.

SMART-1 STATUS REPORT - ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft is gradually getting closer to the Moon. Over the next three weeks the spacecraft will enter a period of long eclipses due to the alignment of the Earth, Sun and spacecraft.
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