On 20 January, the European Space Operations Centre will celebrate the 10th anniversary of 'first light' for ESA's XMM-Newton satellite. Members of the media are invited to join us for the 'XMM-Newton Celebration Talks', a special programme celebrating ten years of x-ray observations.
14:00: Welcome (M. Warhaut) Mission Status
14:05: A. Parmar (Mission Manager): XMM-Newton - The mission
14:20: M. Kirsch (Spacecraft Operations Manager): XMM status and perspectives
14:35: N. Schartel (Project Scientist): Scientific achievement and perspectives
14:50: L. Strüter (Instrument CoI): The EPIC instrument and its perspective
15:10: J. W. Den Herder (Instrument CoI): The RGS instrument and its perspective
Coffee break 20min
15:50: U. Minne (Astrium): How we built it
16:10: H. Nye (ESA): Starting the Mission
16:30: F. Jansen (ESA): Get it up and going
16:50: D. Heger (ESA): The recovery in 2008
17:10: J. Schmitt (Univ. Hamburg): X-ray Astronomy: What we know in 2010
17:30: J. Wilms (Dr. Karl Remeis-Sternwarte): X-ray Astronomy: The future
19:00 Dinner (invited guests only)
Launched on 10 December 1999, ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory is the flagship of European X-ray astronomy. It is the most powerful X-ray telescope ever placed in orbit and is observing the 'hot' X-ray universe including objects like neutron stars, black holes and active galaxies. Over 300 scientific papers are published annually using data provided by XMM-Newton.
Spacecraft Operations Manager Markus Kirsch on the XMM Newton Mission:
The XMM-Newton Celebration Talks will be webcast live here on 20 January, beginning at 13:55 CET.
Interested members of the media should register by email to:
Tel: +49 (0)6151 - 90 25 46