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Still images from a high definition TV camera operated by Jessie Carpenter and Bill Moede of NASA Ames Research Center. The images were prepared by Eric James of the same group.
September 29 -
The final minutes of ATV were more glorious than we had expected. A big piece continued until deep in the atmosphere and created a bright green fireball with a wake of hundreds of orange fragments. Both aircraft were directed to give us a prime view of the event. The re-entry appeared to be nominal, with the main break-up event close to the predicted time, kudos to ATV control center! The videos are spectacular, kudos to Ed Schilling, Eric James, Jesse Carpenter, and Bill Moede of NASA Ames, who provided the still images attached (extracted from the video). The data are impressive. My own Echelle spectrograph shows a wealth of emission lines. The main break-up event caused a bright flare with a puff of matter left behind. When ATV finally passed the DC8 aircraft, the fragment train was impressive. While operating the computer of my instrument, I glanced up through a window that perfectly framed the approaching meteor. This one is for eternity. A great homage to Jules Verne. - Peter Jenniskens
- with thanks to Barbara Vance of the SETI Institute, who provided the live updates at this site in the past week.
The light from one of many fragments of ATV is dissected into its colors, showing the dominant turquoise light from Aluminum Oxide bands, in this image by Chris Kitting, California State University East Bay
Still image of ATV when it passed by the DC8 aircraft, by Jeremie Vaubaillon, Caltech/Observatoire de Paris
September 29 - ESA posts first images from ATV reentry, transmitted shortly after the observation from the DC8 aircraft to ATV control center. First images
[Older news: mission preparations]
ATV-1 "Jules Verne" MAC mission logo: ATV rising above the horizon and breaking, observed from two aircraft doing spectroscopy to determine fragment nature, triangulation for measuring altitude, ISS watching entry from above.
+September 29 - Mission success!
+ September 25 - Peter Jenniskens and Jason Hatton article at SPACE.com
+ September 24 - NASA issues press release about the mission
+ September 14 - Official kick-off of the ATV-1 "Jules Verne" MAC mission during the Team SETI (celebrating 10 years) icecream social.
+ September 08 - DC8 upload has started at NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility
+ September 04 - ESA-NASA agreement signed.
+ August 18 - The mission will be executed by a Gulfstream V, operated by H211 LLC from NASA Ames Research Center, and NASA's DC8 Airborne Laboratory, operated by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and UND/NSERC.
+ August 6 - Capable NASA DC8 Airborne Laboratory likely to replace B757 in ATV MAC mission.
+ July 25 - ESA decides on night-time reentry to facilitate a close study of the reentry.
+ June 27 - ESA and CNES have studied the conditions needed for a night time reentry of ATV-1.
+ May 15 - Workshop at NASA Ames to discuss how best to observe the ATV reentry.
+ April 25 - Mission patch embroidery approved.
+ February 13 - We received authorization for use of a Boeing 757 and a Gulfstream V aircraft, both operated from NASA Ames Research Center by H211 LLC.
+ January 4 - Mission brief with NASA DC8 Airborne Laboratory managers: due to scheduling conflict, DC8 aircraft no longer available in August. Search for alternative commences.
+ January 3 - Quadrantid MAC mission deploys Gulfstream V aircraft to be used in ATV reentry observing campaign.
+ November 27 - ESA Directorate gives green light for proposed ATV reentry observing campaign
+ Reentry campaign images from previous Stardust mission (involving NASA DC8 Airborne Laboratory)
+ Gulfstream V campaign images from previous Quadrantid meteor shower mission
organization schedule (weekly updated)
participants and layout of instruments (weekly updated)
Dr. Jason Hatton, ESA/ESTEC
Email: jason.hatton [at] esa.int
+ ATV reentry observing campaign mission manager
+ Overall coordination for ESA
Dave E. Jordan, NASA Ames Research Center
Email: Dave.E.Jordan [at] nasa.gov
+ ATV campaign project manager
+ Overall coordination for NASA
Dr. Peter Jenniskens, SETI Institute
Email: pjenniskens [at] mail.arc.nasa.gov
+ Principal Investigator, mission scientist
+ Coordination Instrument P.I. team travel, instrument setup, data aquisition, and data reduction