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
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:
- Building, Launch and First Years, F. Jansen
- Martin Turner's contribution, K. Pounds
- X-ray views of the solar system, G. Branduardi-Raymont
- Supernova remnants, A. Decourchelle
- Isolated Neutron Stars, F. Haberl
- Clusters of Galaxies, M. Arnaud
- AGNs: evolution and feedback, R. Mushotzky
- Future developments in X-ray astronomy, M. Watson
- What's past is prologue, N. Schartel
A group picture of some of the participants can be viewed or downloaded
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
A second movie about XMM-Newton is shown at the
A slideshow by EADS Astrium can be found here
A dedicated program was broadcast on Euronews. Check
A paper model of XMM-Newton can be downloaded
Visit the XMM-Newton Gallery