ESA Bulletin 128 (November 2006)
This issue of ESA's Bulletin 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 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. ESA's European Astronaut Centre is busy preparing astronauts for spacewalks. European expertise in atmospheric reentry is being built with the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle.
Unveiling the Universe
– Two Missions to Unlock the Secrets of the Cold Cosmos
Gerald Crone et al.
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