Einstein Probe Newsletter Opening Address



Dear readers,

     Greetings and welcome! It is my privilege and pleasure to address the opening remarks for the first issue of the EP Newsletter. With its successful launch, the Einstein Probe mission is drawing increasing attention from the time-domain and high-energy astrophysics communities in China and worldwide. Moreover, there are also growing interests from potential users of EP data to learn more about the instrument capability and performance, the science operations, announcements from the EP Science Centre, and, most of all, new scientific results made by EP observations in the future. We feel it is just the right time to release the EP Newsletter, which we hope to serve as a medium to bridge the EP Science Centre, the Mission Support Centre, the EP science team and the wider community.

     I am extremely excited by the successful launch of EP. This is an extraordinary achievement, especially given the relatively short period of the project R&D from the formal mission adoption in December 2017. Here I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to the entire EP project teams, both in China and Europe. We have gone through quite some difficult times and challenges, of technology and management alike, against all odds, including the Covid-19 pandemic. Every member of the team has been working extremely hard in the past years to make this possible. I pay my full personal respect to every one of the teams, for their devotion, diligence, and passion. I hope that our Newsletter readers will be able to share some of the feelings of mine, by getting in touch with some of our team members after reading articles about how the mission is built.

     Finally, let me congratulate and thank the EP Newsletter editorial team, particularly Hui Sun (EPSC), Maurizio Falanga (ISSI at Bern), Jianlan Song (BCAS), for their wonderful work to make this happen.


                                                                                                                                                    Weimin Yuan (PI of the EP mission)

                                                                                                                                                    NAO, CAS

                                                                                                                                                    Jan. 18th, 2024