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N° 67–2004

Huygens begins its final journey into the unknown

25 December 2004

The European Space Agency’s Huygens probe was successfully released by NASA’s Cassini orbiter early this morning and is now on a controlled collision course toward Saturn’s largest and most mysterious moon, Titan, where on 14 January it will make a descent through one of the most intriguing atmospheres in the solar system to an unknown surface. The separation occurred at 02:00 UTC (03:00 CET): A few minutes after separation, Cassini turned back to Earth and relayed back information about the separation. This signal then took 1 hour and 8 minutes to cross the 1.2 billion kilometres separating the Cassini spacecraft and Earth.

N° 66–2004

In-Orbit Validation contract: a further step forward for Galileo

21 December 2004

The Galileo project is now well and truly taking shape, with today's signing of a second contract concerning the In-Orbit Validation phase, following that signed in July 2003 for two test satellites.

N° 65–2004

ESA’s Exploration Programme "Aurora" gets further boost

20 December 2004

The countries participating in the Preparatory European Space Exploration Programme "Aurora" have recently confirmed and increased their contributions.

N° 64–2004

ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori to fly to the ISS on Italian Soyuz mission ENEIDE

10 December 2004

Roberto Vittori will be the next ESA astronaut to fly to the International Space Station, on the 10-day Italian Soyuz mission, scheduled to be launched on 15 April next year from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The mission is called ENEIDE and takes its name from the epic tale written by the Latin poet Virgil in the 1st century BC. This story tells of the journey of Aeneas from Troy to Italy and the foundation of Rome.

N° 63–2004

Second space Christmas for ESA: Huygens to begin its final journey to Titan/ Media activities.

07 December 2004

One year after Mars Express’ arrival at Mars, the mighty rules of celestial mechanics have again set Christmas as the date for a major ESA event in deep space.

N° 62–2004

First ever “Space Council” paves the way for a European space programme

25 November 2004

The first ever European “Space Council” was held in Brussels today. This is a major political milestone for Europe in Space, offering ministers representing the 27 European Union (EU) and/or European Space Agency (ESA) Member States the first opportunity to jointly discuss the development of a coherent overall European space programme. In the footprint of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, signed by the Heads of State or Government of the European Union on 29 October and defining for the first time “space” as a shared competence of the Union, the Space Council acknowledges the importance of space activities for a wide range of European policies.

N° 61–2004

First “Space Council” to set course towards a European Space Programme

18 November 2004

Ministers in charge of space affairs and those responsible for the internal market, industry and research meet in Brussels on Thursday 25 November for the first “Space Council”, a joint and concomitant meeting of the ESA Council at ministerial level and the EU Competitiveness Council.

N° 60–2004

Europe reaches the Moon

16 November 2004

ESA’s SMART-1 is successfully making its first orbit of the Moon, a significant milestone for the first of Europe's Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology (SMART) spacecraft.

N° 59–2004

Europe reaches the Moon

05 November 2004

During the night of 15 to 16 November, ESA’s SMART-1 will reach the first of its closest approaches to the Moon after a 13-month journey. Then the spacecraft will begin adjusting its orbit around the Moon in preparation for a scientific investigation of its surface, starting in January.

N° 58–2004

MSG-4 contract means sunny outlook for European weather forecasting

02 November 2004

The contract for a fourth Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) spacecraft was signed today, ensuring continuity of European meteorological satellite services with the delivery of data for weather forecasting, climate and the environment for many years into the future.

N° 57–2004

ESA looking for more European women to volunteer for WISE bed-rest study in Toulouse next year

21 October 2004

In preparation for the Women International Space Simulation for Exploration (WISE) study, which starts on 22 February next year, an official call for candidates to participate as test subjects was issued on 3 August. Over 700 women have responded in the 10 weeks since then, demonstrating strong interest in the study among potential participants. However, most of the applications are from France, where the WISE study is to take place, and ESA wishes to ensure that women from all over Europe get the chance to participate.

N° 56–2004

Last ion engine thrust puts ESA’s SMART-1 on the right track for its Moon encounter

18 October 2004

From 10 to 14 October the ion engine of ESA’s SMART-1 carried out a continuous thrust manoeuvre in a last major push that will get the spacecraft to the Moon capture point on 13 November.

N° 55–2004

Venus Express Italian Day on 4 October

30 September 2004

To mark completion of the assembly of the Venus Express spacecraft, Alenia Spazio is holding a Venus Express Day on 4 October in Turin, Italy, in cooperation with Astrium SAS and the European Space Agency.

N° 54–2004

SMART-1 celebrates its first year in space

27 September 2004

One year after its launch on 27 September 2003, the SMART-1 spacecraft is in excellent health and preparing for the manoeuvres that will bring it into orbit around the Moon mid-November. The first mission phase, the aim of which was to test several innovative technologies, has been successfully completed. It included, in a first for Europe, testing of primary solar-electric propulsion and of a miniaturised payload for cruise science experiments, telecommunications and spacecraft navigation.

N° 53–2004

ESA at the International Astronautical Congress in Vancouver

24 September 2004

Vancouver, Canada, hosts the 55th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) from 4 to 8 October this year. The Congress is being organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) together with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space law (IISL).

N° 52–2004

European Space Agency gives green light to funding for GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security)

23 September 2004

ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board met at the Eden Project in Cornwall on 21 and 22 September.

N° 51–2004

Water and methane maps overlap on Mars: a new clue?

20 September 2004

Recent analyses of ESA’s Mars Express data reveal that concentrations of water vapour and methane in the atmosphere of Mars significantly overlap. This result, from data obtained by the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS), gives a boost to understanding of geological and atmospheric processes on Mars, and provides important new hints to evaluate the hypothesis of present life on the Red Planet.

N° 50–2004

First European Space Policy Institute Director

07 September 2004

Dr Serge Plattard, a Frenchman, has become the first Secretary General of the European Space Policy Institute, founded by ESA and ASA (Austrian Space Agency) in November 2003 and located in Vienna (Austria).

N° 49–2004

A room with a view for the International Space Station

30 August 2004

Completion of the cupola observation module

Development phase completion of the European-built observation module, or "cupola", for the International Space Station will be marked by a ceremony at the Alenia Spazio facility in Turin, Italy on Monday 6 September. The cupola, currently scheduled for launch in January 2009, is an observation and control tower for the ISS, with windows that will provide a panoramic view for observing and guiding operations on the outside of the station. The pressurised module will accommodate command and control workstations and other hardware, enabling crewmembers to control the station’s robotic arm - for attaching and assembling various station elements - and to communicate with other crewmembers in other parts of the station or outside during spacewalk activities. The cupola will also be used for observational applications in the areas of Earth observation and space science.

N° 48–2004

Scientists meet to review Envisat results after two and a half years of operations

23 August 2004

From 6 to 10 September in Salzburg, Austria, over 700 scientists from 50 countries worldwide will meet to review and discuss the early results of the European Space Agency’s Envisat satellite mission.

N° 47–2004

Relays from Mars demonstrate international interplanetary networking

10 August 2004

ESA’s Mars Express has relayed pictures from one of NASA's Mars rovers for the first time, as part of a set of interplanetary networking demonstrations. The demonstrations pave the way for future Mars missions to draw on joint interplanetary networking capabilities. ESA and NASA planned these demonstrations as part of continuing efforts to co-operate in space exploration.

N° 46–2004

It isn’t a UFO, it’s a space-age car.

10 August 2004

The world’s fastest solar-powered car is being driven through Sweden and Norway.

Nuna 2, the world’s fastest solar-powered car begins its journey on August 14 in Oslo and completes it on August 22 in Andenäs. It will primarily be driven on the E4, and will stop in Gothenburg, Linköping, Stockholm, Uppsala, Luleå, Kiruna, Narvik, and Andenäs. There is also the possibility of short stops in other locations.

N° 45–2004

ESA is looking for female volunteers for a bed-rest study in Toulouse next year

03 August 2004

In preparation for a 60-day Female Bed-Rest Study, which starts in January/February 2005, an official call for candidates to participate as test subjects has been issued. The study is a joint venture between the European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency (CNES), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). It will be carried out by MEDES, the French Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology, in its clinical research facility at the Rangueil hospital in Toulouse, France.

N° 44–2004

ESA Astronaut on UNICEF mission to Darfur

29 July 2004

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since January 2003, and the Director General of UNICEF Belgium, Christian Wiener, will leave on 31 July for a short humanitarian mission to Darfur, Sudan. The Belgian Minister for Cooperation and Development, Armand De Decker, together with UNICEF Spain and UK representatives (Silvia Abascal Estrada, goodwill ambassador, UNICEF Spain; Elena Crego, Communications Officer, UNICEF Spain; Martin Bell, goodwill ambassador, UNICEF UK and David Bull, Executive Director, UNICEF UK) will be part of the delegation.

N° 43–2004

N° 43-2004: Second Double Star satellite successfully launched

26 July 2004

Yesterday, 25 July at 09:05 CEST (15:05 local time) the Chinese National Space Administration successfully launched Tan Ce 2, the second of the Double Star science satellites. This marks the latest important milestone in the scientific collaboration between China and the European Space Agency.

N° 42–2004

The best view of the Tour is from space

23 July 2004

It is now possible to track the position and speed of each rider in the Tour de France in real time thanks to the EGNOS European satellite positioning system, a preparatory programme for the Galileo system.

N° 41–2004

International Space Station Heads of Agency Meeting

23 July 2004

The space agency leaders from the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada met at the ESA Technical Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on 23 July 2004, to discuss International Space Station (ISS) cooperation activities. At this meeting, the ISS Partnership unanimously endorsed the ISS technical configuration and reviewed the status of ISS on-orbit operations and plans. The new ISS configuration is planned for completion by the end of the decade and will accommodate on-orbit elements from each of the ISS Partners. The configuration will enable increased utilization and will provide early opportunities for an enhanced crew of greater than three people.

N° 40–2004

ESA signs a 1 Billion Euro contract with EADS Space Transportation to start operations of the European elements of the ISS

08 July 2004

On 13 July ESA and EADS Space Transportation will sign a 1 billion Euro contract which allows Europe to start the initial exploitation of the International Space Station. The contract covers initial exploitation activities, in particular preparations for the operations of Columbus, ESA’s laboratory onboard the International Space Station, and the production of six European multifunctional cargo space ships, called "Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)".

N° 39–2004

Linking with the future

08 July 2004

Exploring and using space is the biggest adventure facing mankind. Finding innovative ways for ESA to continue doing this is the role of the Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) at ESA’s European Space Technology Research Centre (ESTEC). It is their job to look into the future and identify ideas which could enable missions that currently sound like science fiction.

N° 38–2004

A control centre in Italy for EGNOS, the first European satellite navigation system

06 July 2004

Italy takes on a prominent role in European satellite navigation with the opening on 13 July of a master control centre for EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), the first European satellite navigation system, at the air traffic control centre in Ciampino, near Rome, operated by ENAV, the Italian agency for air navigation services.

N° 37–2004

Space at the Farnborough Air Show

02 July 2004

Every two years, specialists and fans of aircraft and space gather at Farnborough for the International Exhibition and Flying Display organised by the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), the trade association of the UK aerospace industry. This year’s Farnborough International Air Show will be held from 19 to 25 July.

N° 36–2004

Cassini-Huygens enters orbit around the ringed planet

01 July 2004

After a seven-year cruise through the Solar System, the joint NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens spacecraft last night successfully entered orbit around Saturn. The Cassini orbiter is now ready to begin its four-year survey of the planet and its moons, while the Huygens probe will be prepared for the next major mission milestone: its release toward the largest moon, Titan, in December.

N° 35–2004

Telemedicine via satellite. Symposium at ESA/ESRIN

29 June 2004

Shaping a telemedicine programme in space, responding to the medical world's needs on earth, is one of the objectives of the European Space Agency's long-term plan for telecommunications.

N° 34–2004

Accession by Greece to the ESA Convention – Signing ceremony postponed

24 June 2004

Please note that the signature of the Agreement on Greece’s accession to the ESA Convention, which was scheduled to take place at the Agency’s Paris headquarters on Monday 28 June, has been postponed for a few days. You will be notified of the new date in due course.

N° 33–2004

Cassini/Huygens nears insertion into Saturn’s orbit

23 June 2004

The ESA/NASA Cassini/Huygens mission (*), launched in October 1997, is currently heading for Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The ESA probe Huygens will be the first ever to land on the surface of a moon in the outer Solar System, and as it does so, the NASA Cassini orbiter will continue to explore Saturn and its rings.

N° 32–2004

Greece to sign agreement on accession to ESA Convention

22 June 2004

Please see the date-change

On Monday 28 June, Mr Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, and Mr Dimitris Sioufas, Minister for Development, will sign the Agreement on Greece's accession to the ESA Convention, at the Agency’s Paris Headquarters.

N° 31–2004

Space and Major Disasters Charter agencies strengthen ties with UN-Colloquium at UNESCO, Paris

15 June 2004

On 18 June, during a colloquium at UNESCO, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), represented by its Director, Mr Sergio Camacho, will announce that the United Nations intends to remain a “cooperating body” supporting the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. OOSA intends to enhance promotion of the Charter and to act as gateway for United Nations agencies responding to natural disasters and emergencies. The colloquium is being jointly organised by the French space agency (CNES) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), with ESA participation, in the framework of the Canada-France 2004 celebrations.

N° 30–2004

A “Swarm” of satellites for a unique look inside the Earth

03 June 2004

ESA’s Earth Observation Programme Board has just decided which of the six Earth Explorer candidate missions, presented earlier in April at the User Consultation Meeting, will be developed and launched. Swarm, an Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission, is a constellation of satellites which will study the Earth’s magnetic field.

N° 29–2004

Rosetta's scientific 'first' - observation of Comet Linear

26 May 2004

ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta, whose 10-year journey to its final target Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko started on 2 March, is well on its way. The first phase of commissioning is close to completion and Rosetta has successfully performed its first scientific activity - observation of Comet Linear.

N° 28–2004

Cassini/Huygens approaching Saturn and Titan

26 May 2004

Launched in October 1997, the ESA/NASA Cassini-Huygens mission* is currently heading for Saturn. While ESA’s Huygens probe will be the first ever to land on the surface of a moon in the outer Solar System, NASA’s Cassini orbiter will continue to explore Saturn and its rings.

N° 27–2004

Beagle 2: lessons learned and the way forward

20 May 2004

The Commission of Inquiry on Beagle 2, jointly set up in February between ESA and the British National Space Centre (BNSC), has recently concluded its investigations. A joint ESA/BNSC press conference in London on Monday 24 May will be the platform to expand on the lessons learned from the recommendations issued by the Commission of Inquiry and the action plan adopted to implement such recommendations.

N° 26–2004

Ariane 5 and Soyuz to launch two Australian satellites from the Guiana Space Centre

12 May 2004

Following the announcement of the signing of the contract by Arianespace for the launch of two Australian satellites, Optus D1 and Optus D2, on Ariane 5 and Soyuz from the Guiana Space Centre, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and the Director General of the Federal Space Agency (Russia), Anatoli Perminov, declared themselves very satisfied with the contract, which showed that ESA Member States had been right to decide to integrate Soyuz into the family of European launchers operated by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Centre.

N° 25–2004

Luxembourg to sign agreement on accession to ESA Convention

30 April 2004

On 6 May, Mrs Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, Minister for Culture, Higher Education and Research of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and Mr Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, sign the Agreement on Luxembourg’s accession to the ESA Convention.

N° 24–2004

Successful European DELTA mission concludes with Soyuz landing

30 April 2004

The 11-day DELTA mission to the International Space Station (ISS) came to a successful conclusion when the Soyuz TMA-3 command module, carrying Dutch ESA astronaut André Kuipers and the ISS Expedition 8 crew, touched down early this morning near the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan at 07:12 local time (02:12 Central European Summer Time) after a return flight of just over three hours.

N° 23–2004

A journey into space at the Berlin Air Show

29 April 2004

The Berlin Air and Space Show 2004 (also known as ILA 2004) takes place between Monday 10 and Sunday 16 May at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport. Once more ESA, DLR (the German Space Agency) and the German space industry, grouped under BDLI (the German Aerospace Industries Association), will offer trade visitors, the media and the general public a fascinating journey into space.

N° 22–2004

DELTA mission and ESA astronaut dock with ISS

21 April 2004

The DELTA mission, with European Space Agency astronaut André Kuipers from the Netherlands, and the ISS Expedition 9 crew, successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) today. Docking by Soyuz TMA-4 with the nadir port of the Russian Zarya module took place at 07:01 Central European Time (CET). Following the scheduled post-docking checks, the hatch between the spacecraft and the ISS was opened at 08:27 CET.

N° 21–2004

DELTA mission heading to ISS with Dutch ESA astronaut

19 April 2004

The DELTA mission, with European Space Agency astronaut André Kuipers, and the ISS Expedition 9 crew lifted off today in the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft on flight 8S to the International Space Station. The launch took place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 09.19 local time (05.19 Central European Time).

N° 20–2004

ESA consults European science community on candidate Earth Explorer missions

15 April 2004

On 19/20 April at ESA’s establishment in Frascati, near Rome, the ESA Directorate of Earth Observation is holding an Earth Explorer User Consultation Meeting at which the findings of the scientific and technical evaluations of the six candidates for the next generation of Earth Explorer missions will be presented and discussed by leading scientists from the European Earth science community.

N° 19–2004

Follow the Delta launch and docking with the International Space Station from one of ESA’s establishments.

07 April 2004

The launch of ESA’s Delta mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is currently scheduled for 19 April at 05:18 Central European Summer time (03:18 GMT - 09:18 local time). Docking with the ISS is scheduled for 21 April at about 07:00 CEST (05:00 GMT - 09:00 Moscow time), with the opening of the hatch at 08:25 CEST. The return to Earth is currently planned on 30 April.

N° 18–2004

From discovery to encounter: international conference on Saturn’s moon Titan

30 March 2004

In the week that sees the 375th anniversary of the birth of the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, an international conference entitled ‘Titan: From Discovery to Encounter’ is taking place, from 13 to 17 April, at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

N° 17–2004

New Member States at ESA

25 March 2004

In the course of its meeting in Kiruna (Sweden) on 24 and 25 March, the ESA Council approved the accession of Greece and Luxembourg to the ESA Convention. The two countries are expected to become full members of the Agency by 1 December 2005, after their national approval procedures have been completed.

N° 16–2004

Europe and Russia: a 15-year partnership in human spaceflight

23 March 2004

Fifteen years of fruitful cooperation in human spaceflight activities between Russia and the European Space Agency have set the stage for even closer cooperation. “Growing together” is the theme of a symposium to be held in Moscow on Friday 2 April, an occasion for ESA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, FKA (formerly Rosaviakosmos), to reflect on their shared achievements in human spaceflight over the past 15 years and their intentions for even closer cooperation in the short to long term.

N° 15–2004

Two asteroid fly-bys for Rosetta

11 March 2004

Today the Rosetta Science Working Team has made the final selection of the asteroids that Rosetta will observe at close quarters during its journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Steins and Lutetia lie in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

N° 14–2004

Rosetta begins its 10-year journey to the origins of the Solar System

02 March 2004

Europe’s Rosetta cometary probe has been successfully launched into an orbit around the Sun, which will allow it to reach the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014 after three flybys of the Earth and one of Mars. During this 10-year journey, the probe will pass close to at least one asteroid. Rosetta is the first probe ever designed to enter orbit around a comet’s nucleus and release a lander onto its surface. For over a year it will conduct a thorough study of this remnant of the primitive nebula which gave birth to our Solar System about 5 billion years ago.

N° 13–2004

ESA’s Rosetta launch re-scheduled - Follow the Rosetta launch from an ESA establishment

01 March 2004

After two successive delays, the launch of Rosetta is now scheduled for Tuesday 2 March at 04:17 a.m. or 04:37 a.m. Kourou time (08:17 or 08:37 a.m. CET) on board an Ariane-5 launcher from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

N° 12–2004

Giant black hole rips star apart

18 February 2004

A super-massive black hole has ripped apart a star and consumed a portion of it, according to data from ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray observatories. These results are the best evidence yet that such a phenomenon, long predicted by theory, does actually happen.

N° 11–2004

ESA’s Rosetta comet chaser ready for lift-off - Follow the Rosetta launch from an ESA or Arianespace establishment

17 February 2004

On 26 February at 04:36 a.m. Kourou time (07:36 a.m. GMT - 08:36 a.m. CET), Rosetta is scheduled to be launched on board an Ariane-5 launcher from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

N° 10–2004

International, interplanetary and no interference! -Mars Express calls up Spirit

12 February 2004

A pioneering demonstration of communications between the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter and NASA's Mars exploration rover, Spirit, has succeeded.

N° 9–2004

UK and ESA announce Beagle 2 inquiry - Investigation to learn lessons from Mars Lander

11 February 2004

Beagle 2, the British-built element of ESA's Mars Express mission, has failed to communicate since its first radio contact was missed shortly after it was due to land on Mars on Christmas Day. The Beagle 2 Management Board met in London on Friday 6 February and, following an assessment of the situation, declared Beagle 2 lost.

N° 8–2004

Unlocking the secrets of the universe, Rosetta lander named Philae

05 February 2004

With just 21 days to the launch of the European Space Agency's Rosetta comet mission, the spacecraft's lander has been named “Philae”. Rosetta embarks on a 10-year journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Kourou, French Guiana, on 26 February.

N° 7–2004

Europe set to fly higher still

05 February 2004

Successful meeting of the ESA Council in Paris yesterday: the Member States of the European Space Agency have agreed to release the funds needed to put Ariane 5 back on track and actively prepare the development of future launchers.

N° 6–2004

Mars Express sees its first water - Scientific results

23 January 2004

Mars Express, ESA’s first mission to Mars, will reach its final orbit on 28 January. It has already been producing stunning results since its first instrument was switched on, on 5 January. The significance of the first data was emphasised by the scientists at a European press conference today at ESA’s Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

N° 5–2004

Europe's eye on Mars: first spectacular results from Mars Express

19 January 2004

ESA's Mars Express, successfully inserted into orbit around Mars on 25 December 2003, is about to reach its final operating orbit above the poles of the Red Planet. The scientific investigation has just started and the first results already look very promising.

N° 4–2004

Mars Express: no signal from Beagle 2 so far

07 January 2004

ESA’s Mars Express orbiter made its first attempt to establish contact with the Beagle 2 lander, after the two spacecraft separated on 19 December 2003.

N° 3–2004

ESA Director General to meet the press in Paris

07 January 2004

On Thursday 15 January, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain will meet the media at ESA Headquarters in Paris. The gathering will start at 08:30 with breakfast, followed at 09:00 by a press conference to take stock of the Agency's activities in 2003 and announce those planned for 2004.

N° 2–2004

Main Press and Communication activities for 2004

06 January 2004

The major events in which ESA will be involved during the year are listed below and can be pencilled into your diaries.

N° 1–2004

Mars Express attempts to ‘talk’ to Beagle 2 – press briefing

06 January 2004

As of Wednesday 7 January 2004, and for the following three days, ESA’s Mars Express orbiter will be as little as 315 kilometres above the landing area of the still-silent Beagle 2. Since Christmas attempts to communicate with the tiny lander through NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter and radio telescopes on Earth have been unsuccessful. However, Mars Express and Beagle 2 are the only systems tested end-to-end, giving ESA more confidence of establishing contact with the lander in the coming days.