Happy Birthday XMM Newton!

I just discovered this morning that it’s fifteen years to the day since the launch of the orbiting X-ray Observatory XMM Newton. Here’s a nice slide-show with audio accompaniment featuring Drs Darren Baskill and Kathy Romer, both colleagues of mine in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex, which was recorded for the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the launch of XMM-Newton, back on 10th December 2009.

Here’s a nice video about the science of XMM-Newton.

Anyway, I hope the birthday celebrations go well. I know I can barely contain my excitement…

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XMM-Newton being prepared for launch…

3 Responses to “Happy Birthday XMM Newton!”

  1. I’m sure you’re happy with the size, but someone might complain about the sharp corners.

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