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N° 54–2005: ESA ‘Huygens and Mars Express’ science highlights - call to press

21 November 2005

This has been a triumphant year for science at the European Space Agency.

Almost one year has passed since ESA’s Huygens probe landed on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Today, a set of new wide-ranging results from the probe’s two-and-a-half hour descent and landing, part of the extraordinary NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its moons, is ready for release.

At the same time, ESA’s Mars Express mission is continuing its investigations of Mars, painting a new picture of the 'red planet'. This includes the first ever probing below the surface of Mars, new geological clues with implications for the climate, newly-discovered surface and atmospheric features and, above all, traces of the presence of water on this world.

These and other exciting findings from just one year of observations and data analysis - in the context of ESA’s overall scientific achievements - will be the focus of a press conference to be held at ESA Headquarters in Paris at 16:00 on 30 November 2005.

Media interested in attending are invited to complete the following registration form.

Press conference programme

Space Science Highlights 2005

From Huygens to Mars Express

30 November 2005, 16:00 hrs

Room 137, European Space Agency Headquarters

8-10 Rue Mario-Nikis,

F-75738 Paris Cedex, France

15:30 - Registration

16:00 - A Year of European Space Science Successes

Prof. David Southwood, ESA Director of Science Programme

16:10 - Highlights of the Huygens Mission Results

Jean-Pierre Lebreton, ESA Huygens Project Scientist

16:15 - Robin Duttaroy, Co-Investigator, Doppler Wind Experiment, University of Bonn, Germany

16:20 - Marcello Fulchignoni , Principal Investigator, Huygens Atmospheric Structure Instrument, Université de Paris 7, France

16:25 - John Zarnecki, Principal Investigator, Surface Science Package, Open University, UK

16:30 - François Raulin, Co-Investigator, Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, Université de Paris 12 – Créteil, France

16:35 - Guy Israel, Principal Investigator, Aerosol Collector and Pyrolyser, Service d'Aéronomie/CNRS, France

16:40 - Bruno Bezard, Co-Investigator, Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer, Laboratoire d'études spatiales et d'instrumentation en astrophysique, Observatoire de Paris, France

16:45 - Jonathan Lunine, Interdisciplinary Scientist, Titan surface-atmosphere interactions, LPL/U, Arizona (USA) and INAF/IFSI, Rome (Italy)

16:55 - Questions and AnswersV 17:05 - Coffee break

17:10 - Mars Express: results in the overall context of Martian science, Agustin Chicarro, ESA Mars Express Project Scientist

17:15 - Giovanni Picardi, MARSIS Radar Principal Investigator, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

Jeffrey Plaut, MARSIS Co-Principal Investigator, NASA/JPL, USA

17:25 - Martin Pätzold, Mars Radio Science Experiment, Principal Investigator, Universität Koln, Cologne, Germany

17:30 - Jean-Pierre Bibring, OMEGA Principal Investigator, Institut d’Astrophysique spatiale, Orsay, France

17:40 - Gerhard Neukum, HRSC Camera Principal Investigator, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

17:45 - Questions and Answers

17:55 - Interview opportunities

Press conference

Space Science Highlights 2005

From Huygens to Mars Express

30 November 2005, 16:00 hrs

Room 137, European Space Agency Headquarters

8-10 Rue Mario-Nikis,

F-75738 Paris Cedex, France

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