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RAS PN 07/40: RAS Space and Astronomy Digest: September 2007

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 14:20
Published on Tuesday, 04 September 2007 00:00
The RAS September digest of astronomy and space events. This month sees the launch of two missions, one to the Moon and the other to Mars and two of the largest asteroids. The annual BA festival will take place along with the biggest-ever gathering of astronauts on UK soil...

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 3 September 2007                 For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 07/40

Issued by:
Robert Massey
RAS Press Officer
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RAS SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: SEPTEMBER 2007
This release contains a summary of some astronomical and space events that will be taking place during September. 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.

9-15 SEPTEMBER: BA FESTIVAL, YORK

The annual BA festival includes a number of astronomy and space events. These include an arts event involving images from the space-based solar observatory STEREO; lectures on the flow of energy from the Sun to the Earth, 50 years in space, understanding the Universe’s biggest mysteries and a discussion on whether space is the answer to human progress.

On 13 September RAS Norman Lockyer fellow Dr Roberto Trotta will give the Lord Kelvin lecture entitled ‘Does the Universe need humankind? The strange case of intelligent observers in our Universe’.


CONTACT
Gill Ormrod, STFC Press Office
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Julia Maddock, STFC Press Office
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13 SEPTEMBER: LAUNCH OF SELENE MISSION

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is set to launch the Selene lunar orbiter at 1035 Japan Standard Time (0235 BST) on 13 September. Selene will take off from the Tanegashima Launch Center in southern Japan on board a H-IIA launch vehicle.

Before moving to its final orbit 100 km above the surface of the Moon, two smaller satellites will be released from the main probe, one of which serves as a communications relay whilst the other will be used to refine the position of the Moon. Other science goals include observing the impact of the Sun on the lunar surface and using the probe’s unique vantage point to make simultaneous observations of the Earth’s northern and southern lights (aurora borealis and aurora australis).


CONTACT
JAXA Public Affairs Department
Tel: +81 3 6266 6400

17-21 SEPTEMBER: 20TH CONGRESS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS (ASE) MEETING, EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM

The ASE has more than 300 members from 30 nations, all of whom have flown in space. The 2007 annual meeting brings them together in the largest ever gathering of astronauts in the UK. During their visit, delegates will visit a large number of Scottish schools in an event organised by Careers Scotland.


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Kim Munro, The BIG Partnership (handling PR for Careers Scotland)
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Elaine Robson, The BIG Partnership
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19 SEPTEMBER: HERSCHEL MEDIA DAY, FRIEDRICHSHAVEN, GERMANY

The European Space Agency (ESA) will host a media day on the Herschel infrared space observatory, due to be launched in February 2008.

FURTHER INFORMATION
http://www.esa.int

CONTACT
Clare Mattok, ESA
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Peter Barrattt, STFC

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26 SEPTEMBER: LAUNCH OF DAWN MISSION

NASA’s Dawn mission will spend eight years travelling to Mars and two of the largest asteroids, Vesta and Ceres (the latter has been classified as a ‘dwarf planet’ since 2006). 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 to take off atop a Delta II rocket sometime between 0725 EDT (1325 BST) and 0754 EDT (1354 BST) on 26 September 2007.

FURTHER INFORMATION
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov

CONTACT
Dwayne Brown
NASA
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