ESA´s flagship magazine informs the space-interested public of the Agency´s activities. In addition to a wide range of articles, every issue provides an overview of the status of ESA´s major space projects.
This issue of ESA´s quarterly magazine covers a broad range of topics. Preparations for the Herschel and Planck space telescopes are well advanced, aiming to uncover the secrets of the cold Universe and probe back in time close to the Big Bang. The Integral space observatory has long been revealing dramatic events in space, in this issue highlighting a neutron star that is eating away at its companion. How observations of the Earth from space is helping to study and protect the environment is covered in two articles. ESA´s new super-cold freezer is now installed and working aboard the International Space Station. The Agency´s European Astronaut Centre is busy preparing astronauts for spacewalks. European expertise in atmospheric reentry is being built with the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle.
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Unveiling the Universe - Two Missions to Unlock the Secrets of the Cold Cosmos; Gerald Crone et al.
Cannibalism in Space: A Star Eats its Companion - A (Typical?) Integral Observation of the High-Energy Sky; Christoph Winkler et al.
MELFI Ready for Science - ESA´s -80°C Freezer Begins Work in Space; Maria De Parolis et al.
Preparing for Space - EVA Training at the European Astronaut Centre; Hans Bolender et al.
Taking the Measure of Earth - 15 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry; Jérôme Benveniste & Yves Ménard
Healing the Earth - Earth Observation Supporting International Environmental Conventions; Olivier Arino, Diego Fernandez-Prieto & Espen Volden
IXV: the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle - Europe Among the World Players in Atmospheric Reentry; Giorgio Tumino & Yves Gerard
Delta-DOR - A New Technique for ESA´s Deep Space Navigation; Javier Benedicto et al.