RAS PN 07/42: Space and Astronomy Digest: October 2007
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 2 October 2007 For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 07/42
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Royal Astronomical Society
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RAS SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: OCTOBER 2007
This release contains a summary of some astronomical and space events that will be taking place during October. 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.
4 OCTOBER: SPACE 50 PRESS CONFERENCE, JODRELL BANK RADIO OBSERVATORY, CHESHIRE
The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957. To commemorate the first 50 years of the Space Age a series of ‘SPACE 50’ events are taking place around the UK from 4-10 October.
On 4 October Jodrell Bank, the major radio observatory in the UK, will hold a press conference where Ian Pearson MP, the Minister of State for Science and Innovation will join leading scientists to present breaking news stories in space and astronomy. These include proposals for a swarm of mirrors that could deflect an asteroid, balloon based ‘aerobots’ to explore other planets and the announcement that the UK will host the global headquarters of the world’s next generation radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array.
FURTHER INFORMATION (INCLUDING DIRECTIONS TO JODRELL BANK)
Advance registration: Jill Little, STFC Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)1793 442123
Press enquiries: Anita Heward: Space 50 Co-ordinator
Tel: +44 (0)7756 034243
5 OCTOBER: MOVEMENT OF 130-TONNE ALMA TRANSPORTERS, HOHENLOHE, GERMANY
The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is under construction in Chile. When complete it will be made up of a set of antennas, the largest of which are 12m across. These will be brought into position using two specially designed 130-tonne transporter vehicles, each with the power of two Formula 1 engines. On 5 October journalists are invited to see the vehicles in action at their factory in Germany.
Fax: +49 (0)731 96287 99
12 OCTOBER: RAS SPECIALIST DISCUSSION MEETING, GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, BURLINGTON HOUSE, LONDON: EARLY SOLAR-SYSTEM PROCESSES AND METEORITES
Leading researchers will gather for the RAS specialist discussion meeting to be held from 1030-1530 in the Lecture Theatre of the Geological Society in London. Delegates will consider new ideas about the formation of meteorites and asteroids in the early Solar System. Topics under discussion include the plans to return a sample of material from an asteroid in the Near-Earth Object Sample Return Mission and the science expected from the forthcoming BepiColombo mission to Mercury.
Attendees will also have the chance to see spectacular 3D images of impact craters taken during the recent Stardust mission to Comet Wild 2 and results from the Genesis mission that collected samples of the solar wind.
Bona fide members of the media who wish to attend this meeting should present their credentials at the registration desk for free admission.
RAS Press Officer (details above) or
Dr John Bridges (Meeting Organiser)
Space Research Centre
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Leicester
23 OCTOBER: LAUNCH WINDOW OPENS FOR DISCOVERY MISSION TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
On 23 October the launch window opens for the Discovery Space Shuttle, set to take off on the latest mission to continue the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). Discovery will be carrying the Italian-made Harmony module (named in a school contest) that will allow European and Japanese laboratories to be added to the ISS in late 2007 and early 2008.
Tel: +1 202 358 3749