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The Messenger 113
September 2003


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Telescopes and Instrumentation


R. Wilson

The History and Development of the ESO Active Optics System

2

G. Monnet & R. Bacon

VLT/I Instrumentation: Lessons Learned Forum

10

L. Germany

News From La Silla

14

A. Kaufer et al.

First Images with the ARGUS Mode of FLAMES

15

F. Eisenhauer et al.

The Universe in 3D: First Observations with SPIFFI, the Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer for the VLT

17

S. D'Odorico et al.

VIMOS in Operation at the VLT

26

ESO PR Photo 27/03

VLT Observes Comet Halley at Record Distance

31

F. Comeron et al.

Fours Years of Service Mode Observing at the VLT: Performance and User Feedback

32

S. Stanghellini

The Alcatel/EIE ALMA Antenna Prototype Approaches Completion in New Mexico

37

G. Chincarini et al.

The Last Born at La Silla: REM, the Rapid Eye Mount

40

M. Boer et al.

The Gamma-Ray Burst Hunt at La Silla: the TAROT-S Very Fast Moving Telescope

45


Reports from Observers


E. van Dishoeck et al.

Origin and Evolution of Ices in Star-Forming Regions: a VLT-Isaac 3-5 microns Spectroscopic Survey

49

A. Franceschini et al.

Deep Infrared Surveys and their Cosmological Implications

56

S. Ellison et al.

The Corals Survey: a Review and Progress Report on the Search for Dust Obscured Quasar Absorption Line Systems

64

R. Morganti et al.

IC 5063: AGN Driven Outflow of Warm and Cold Gas

67


Other Astronomical News (in PDF format)


C. Madsen

ESO at the IAU General Assembly

71

ESO Director General Appointed President-elect of the IAU


71

ESO Press Release

Philippe Busquin Visits Paranal

72

Fellows at ESO: Malvina Billeres, Valentin Ivanov, Claudio Melo, Chris Mullis


73

Announcements (in PDF format)


Future ESO meeting: Extrasolar Planets and Brown Dwarfs


74

Future ESO school: Physics of Active Galactic Nuclei at All Scales


74

Personnel movements


74

ESO Vacancy (Staff Astronomer) and ESO Fellowship 2003/2004


75

Venus Rendezvous with the Sun


76


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