Operation Leonids meteor storm:
ESA scientists search for shooting stars in the southern hemisphere
Leonid meteors are coming - again! And this time, ESA scientists
will be avidly awaiting their arrival from the other side of the
world, in the Australian outback.
In addition to their studies of the meteor shower, the team intends
to test a new prototype of an instrument that is being developed
for future planetary missions to Mars, Mercury and the Moon.
Over the next few weeks, their adventures and discoveries will
be posted on the ESA science web site, so
. watch this space!
In the meantime, read about why they are going
to Australia and what they intend to do there.
[Illustration © 2001 Shigemi Numazawa, Japan
Planetarium Laboratory; courtesy Sky & Telescope.]