- Double Star Mission
The Double Star Mission is a
satellitebased space mission sponsored by the European Space Agencyand the China National Space Administration. It is the first space mission launched by Chinato investigate Earth's magnetosphere.
The Double Star mission uses two satellites in Earth orbit - each designed, developed, launched, and operated by the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
The first of the two spacecraft (Tan Ce 1, Chinese for 'Explorer 1', also known as TC-1) was launched
December 29, 2003at 19:06 UT. The second spacecraft (TC-2) was launched July 25, 2004at 07:05 UT. This schedule enables Double Star to operate simultaneously with ESA's Cluster mission.
October 14 2007, Tan Ce 1, after being decommissioned, burnt up during reentry into Earth's atmosphere.
* [http://www.esa.int/science/doublestar ESA page]
* [http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=70 ESA Science and Technology page]
* [http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/spat/research/missions/space_missions/doublestarhomepage/ Imperial College Double Star website]
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