XMM-Newton-NEWS  #100,    10-Dec-2009

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

Today, XMM-Newton is celebrating its 10th anniversary. 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.

A dedicated web site celebrating this event is available at:


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.

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC