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XMM-Newton 10th Anniversary
10th December 2009

10 Years in Orbit: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, XMM-Newton!

On the 10th of December 1999 at 14:32 GMT the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton observatory was launched and started exploring the wonders of the X-ray universe.

During its first decade of operations, XMM-Newton has supplied new data to every aspect of astronomy, improving our understanding from nearby comets to the most distant quasars and gamma-ray bursts.

We wish all the best to XMM-Newton for the years to come.

We take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and interest in the mission.

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The presentations given for the occasion of XMM-Newton's 10th Anniversary are available below:
A group picture of some of the participants can be viewed or downloaded here.

Related Links

Click here to read the ESA News on the XMM-Newton Anniversary.
A second press release can be read here.

A movie about the first ten years of XMM-Newton can be seen here.
A second movie about XMM-Newton is shown at the BBC site.
A slideshow by EADS Astrium can be found here (in german).
A dedicated program was broadcast on Euronews. Check

A paper model of XMM-Newton can be downloaded here.

Visit the XMM-Newton Gallery.

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