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N° 29–2008: Ulysses, the end of an extraordinary mission

4 June 2008

After more than 17 years relentlessly exploring the effects of solar activity on the space that surrounds us, the Ulysses mission is now approaching its end. Representatives of the media are invited to a joint ESA/NASA press conference on 12 June 2008 taking place at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France, to hear about the achievements that will form the Ulysses legacy.

Ulysses, a pioneering ESA/NASA mission, was launched in October 1990 to explore uncharted territories – the regions above and below the Sun’s poles - and study our star’s sphere of influence, or heliosphere, in the four dimensions of space and time.

Originally designed for a lifetime of five years, the mission has surpassed all expectations. The reams of data Ulysses has returned have forever changed the way scientists view the Sun and its effect on the space surrounding it.

Media representatives interested in attending the press conference are invited to register using the attached form. Those not able to attend will have the opportunity to follow the press conference using the following phone number: +33 1 56785733 (listening-mode only).

The programme of the event is as follows:

The Ulysses Legacy Press Conference

12 June 2008, 15:30, Room 137,

ESA Headquarters, 8-10 rue Mario-Nikis, Paris

Event programme

15:30

Welcome, by David Southwood, ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration (with a joint ESA/NASA statement)

15:40

Ulysses: a modern-day Odyssey, by Richard Marsden, ESA Ulysses Project Scientist and Mission Manager

15:50

The Ulysses scientific legacy: Inside the heliosphere, by Richard Marsden,ESA Ulysses Project Scientist and Mission Manager

16:00

The Ulysses scientific legacy: Outside the heliosphere, by Ed Smith, NASA Ulysses Project Scientist

16:10

Ulysses, the over-achiever: challenges and successes of a 17-year-old mission, by Nigel Angold, ESA Ulysses Mission Operations Manager

16:20

Questions and Answers, Panelists: David Southwood, Richard Marsden, Ed Smith, Nigel Angold and Ed Massey (NASA Ulysses Project Manager)

16:40

Interview opportunities

17:30

End of event

For more information:

Franco Bonacina, Head of Media Relations Office

Communication and Knowledge Department

Phone: + 33 1 5369 7713

E-mail: Franco.Bonacina@esa.int, Franco.Bonacina1@esa.int

Queries:

media@esa.int

The Ulysses Legacy Press Conference

12 June 2008, 15:30, Room 137,

ESA Headquarters, 8-10 rue Mario-Nikis, Paris

First Name: __________________Surname:__________________

Media organisation_______________________________________

Address:_________________________________________________

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Tel:______________________ Fax:__________________________

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[ ] I will be attending the press conference

Please return this form to:

Brigitte Kolmsee

ESA

Media Relations Office

Communication and Knowledge Department

Brigitte.Kolmsee@esa.int

Phone +33 1 5369 7299 , Fax +33 1 5369 7690

For further information:

ESA - Media Relations Office
Tel: +33 1 5369 7299
Fax: +33 1 5369 7690



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