which is a four-spacecraft mission to investigate inunprecedented detail the interaction between the Sun and theEarth’s magnetosphere.
which took the first close-up pictures of a cometnucleus (Halley) and completed flybys of Comets Halley andGrigg-Skjellerup.
which fixed the positions of the stars far moreaccurately than ever before and changed astronomers’ideasabout the scale of the Universe.
a collaboration withNASA on the world’s most important and successful orbitalobservatory.
a probe to land on the mysterious surface ofSaturn’s largest moon, Titan, in 2004.Part of the internationalCassini mission.
which studied cool gas clouds and planetaryatmospheres.Everywhere it looked, it found water insurprising abundance.
the first space observatory ever launched, marked thereal beginning of ultraviolet astronomy.
which is providing new views of the Sun’satmosphere and interior, revealing solar tornadoes and theprobable cause of the supersonic solar wind.
the first spacecraft to fly over the Sun’s poles.
with its powerful mirrors, is helping tosolve many cosmic mysteries of the violent X-ray Universe,from enigmatic black holes to the formation of the galaxies.
The European Space Agency (ESA) was formed on 31 May 1975.It currently has 15 Member States:Austria, Belgium,Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and theUnited Kingdom.Canada is also a partner in some of the ESA programmes.The ESA Science Programme has launched a series of innovative and successful missions.Highlights of the programme include:
For further information on the ESA Science Programme please contact the Science ProgrammeCommunication Service on (tel.) + 31 71 565 3223;(fax) + 31 71 565 4101More information can also be obtained via the ESA Science Website at:http://sci.esa.intPrepared by:Science Programme Communication ServiceText by:Nigel CalderPublished by:ESA Publications DivisionESTEC, PO BOX 2992200 AG NoordwijkThe NetherlandsEditors:Bruce Battrick and Monica TaleviDesign and layout:AOES Medialab & Carel HaakmanCopyright:(c) 2002 European Space AgencyISSN No.:92-9092-750-XISBN No.:0250-1589Price:7 EurosPrinted in the Netherlands