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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #141: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #71

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #71   ---    28-Nov-2007            _/
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 - XMM-Newton Conference "The X-ray Universe 2008"
 - XMM-Newton mission extension approved
 - XMM-Newton Gallery in Google Earth
 - ESA Young Graduate Trainee Opportunities
 - ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science
 - Conference Announcement: "The Local Bubble and Beyond II"

XMM-Newton Conference "The X-ray Universe 2008"

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising a major
astrophysical symposium from Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th May 2008
in Granada, Spain.

The symposium will be a successor to the "The X-ray Universe 2005"
meeting held in 2005 near Madrid and its main focus will be on high
energy astrophysics. It will provide a showcase for results and
discoveries not only from XMM-Newton, Chandra and Suzaku but also
from other current missions. The scientific potential of future
projects like XEUS will be discussed at the conference.

The start of registration and abstract submission is planned for
January 2008. The exact dates will be announced in December 2007.

More information can be found at:


XMM-Newton mission extension approved

In the last meeting of ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC)
from the 12th to the 13th of November 2007, delegates unanimously
voted for the extension of XMM-Newton until the 31st of December

An ESA Space Science news release informing about this decision is
available at http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMO6R53R8F_index_0.html

The SPC meeting was the final hurdle to take after two advisory
committees already formulated and adopted the recommendation to
extend XMM-Newton:

The Astronomical Working Group (AWG) formulated during their
meeting on the 9th and 10th of October 2007 a strong recommendation
to extend the XMM-Newton mission for 2.75 years. In this way,
in future the extension time frames of XMM-Newton and Integral are

The Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC) unanimously adopted the
recommendation of the AWG during their meeting on the 16th and
17th of October 2007.

A big thank you to everyone supporting XMM-Newton and involved in
making this extension possible.

XMM-Newton Image Gallery in Google Earth

In the previous issue of the XMM-Newton News we announced the
possibility of displaying the XMM-Newton Gallery, a collection
of astronomical images and spectra taken with the XMM-Newton X-ray
and optical instruments, (see
http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_science/gallery/public/ )
in association with the corresponding celestial target objects in
Google Earth.

The XMM-Newton Gallery is now listed on the "Google Earth" web
page as one of the "featured files in the Google Earth Gallery" in
category "Google Earth KML: Sky".

To see the gallery go to:
and enjoy the XMM-Newton images projected onto the sky.

ESA Young Graduate Trainee Opportunities

The European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) programme
offers recently graduated men and women, a one-year non-renewable
training contract designed to give valuable work experience and to
prepare for future employment in the space industry and/or

The YGT Programme is open to recently graduated young men and
women, nationals of ESA Member States and its Cooperating States.
Applicants should have just completed, or be in their final year,
of a higher education course typically at Masters level and
probably in a technical or scientific discipline at a university or
equivalent institute. They should be fluent in either English or
French, which are the official languages of the Agency.

Two YGT positions are currently available at the XMM-Newton Science
Operation Centre at ESAC. The description of the two
positions can be found under http://www.esa.int/hr/ygt.htm
(Data and Image Analysis/XMM-Newton: ESA/YG-ESOC(2007)012 and
Development of the XMM-Newton Scientific Analysis System:

More information on the YGT Programme can be found at

The deadline for applications is 14 December 2007.    

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships
each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young
scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means
of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA
Science Programme. Areas of research include planetary science,
astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science,
plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships are tenable
at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in
Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre
(ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Astronomy and Astrophysics research opportunities with XMM-Newton
science staff at ESAC include: Research on high energy emission of
(massive) stars, X-ray binaries, galaxies, AGNs and high
resolution X-ray spectroscopy using XMM-Newton data [contact
Norbert Schartel (Norbert.Schartel@sciops.esa.int) for details].

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to
begin in the summer or fall of 2008. Preference will be given to
applications submitted by candidates within five years of
receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are
encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving
their degree before starting the fellowship.

The deadline for applications is 21 January 2008.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space
Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the
application form can be found on the world-wide web at this


Conference Announcement: "The Local Bubble and Beyond II"

The US XMM-Newton Guest Observer Facility is pleased to announce
the conference

"The Local Bubble and Beyond II"

to be held the week of 2008 April 21-24th in Philadelphia. As the
name suggests, this will be a successor to the "The Local Bubble
and Beyond" (LB&B) meeting held in 1997 near Munich. The
substantial increase in observational data about the Local Bubble
in all wavebands along with progress in theoretical models suggest
that the time is right for another meeting focused on Local Bubble

Topics that will be covered at the meeting include:
* Observations of the Local ISM from Radio to Gamma Rays
* ISM models, local & global
* Bubbles and Superbubbles
* Charge exchange in the lab, solar wind, and beyond
* Connecting the Local Bubble with:
- the Heliosphere
- the Sco-Cen Superbubble
- the Galactic Halo
* Future Observations and Observatories
with a featured debate: The Local Bubble: Hot or Not?

More information can be found at http://lbb.gsfc.nasa.gov

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC

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