RAS PN 07/34: Space and Astronomy Digest: July 2007
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 28 June 2007 For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 07/34
Dr Robert Massey
RAS Press Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
London W1J 0BQ
Tel: +44 (0)794 124 8035, +44 (0)20 7734 4582
RAS website: www.ras.org.uk
RAS SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: JULY 2007
This release contains a summary of some astronomical and space events that will be taking place during July. It has been written to assist the media in planning and researching future stories related to space science and astronomy, particularly those with UK involvement. It is not intended to be fully comprehensive. Dates and times may be subject to change.
7 JULY: LAUNCH OF DAWN MISSION
The NASA Dawn mission will spend eight years travelling to Mars and then on to two of the largest asteroids, Vesta and Ceres. Dawn is set to enter orbit around Vesta in 2011 where it will stay for 7 months prior to travelling to Ceres, which it will reach in 2015. The spacecraft is scheduled for launch on a Delta II rocket after the latest launch window begins at 1609 EDT (2209 BST) on 7 July 2007.
NASA Discovery Program
Tel: +1 202 358 1727
9-11 JULY: FROM IRAS TO HERSCHEL AND PLANCK: COSMOLOGY WITH INFRARED AND SUBMILLIMETRE SURVEYS, GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, LONDON
Almost 150 astronomers will gather at a special conference to celebrate the 65th birthday of Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson, president of the Royal Astronomical Society. The meeting will focus on cosmology – the study of the origin, evolution and end of the Universe. Topics under discussion include galaxy formation, dark matter, and the large-scale structure of the cosmos. Conference delegates will also hear about the anticipated results from the European Space Agency Planck and Herschel space observatories, due to launch next year.
Royal Astronomical Society
Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 4582, +44 (0)794 124 8035
16 JULY- 3 SEPTEMBER: SOLAR SYSTEM SUMMER, NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE, LEICESTER
The National Space Centre is inviting UK planetary scientists to publicise their work. Over the summer holiday the Centre will run a programme of presentations and activities on the Solar System that will be open to all visitors.
National Space Centre
Tel: +44 (0)116 258 2151
18 JULY: INSTRUMENTATION FROM SPACE WORKSHOP, INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS, LONDON
The Science and Technology Council's KITE Club is hosting a knowledge exchange workshop on 'Instrumentation from Space' on Wednesday 18th July at the Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London. This one-day event will bring together communities developing sensors and instrumentation for space applications, the instrumentation industry, and suppliers in the aerospace, defence and security, industrial and other sectors.
Tel: +44 (0)1223 422405.
29 JULY – 5 AUGUST: SENIOR SPACE SCHOOL UK (16-18 YEAR OLDS), LEICESTER
The University of Leicester will host a 6-day residential course where school students learn about space science, astronomy and space medicine.
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2609