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RAS PN 07/45: Space and Astronomy Digest: November 2007

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 13:52
Published on Thursday, 01 November 2007 00:00
The November digest of space and astronomy events. This month sees a RAS meeting on results from the STEREO and Hinode missions and a close encounter between the Earth and the Rosetta spacecraft...

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 1 November 2007
For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 07/45

Issued by:
Dr Robert Massey
RAS Press Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1J 0BQ
Tel: +44 (0)794 124 8035, +44 (0)20 7734 4582
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RAS website: www.ras.org.uk

RAS SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: NOVEMBER 2007

This release contains a summary of some astronomical and space events that will be taking place during November. 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.

2 NOVEMBER: 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF RUTHERFORD APPLETON LABORATORY

On 2 November the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) celebrates 50 years of life as leading-edge research institution. RAL scientists are heavily involved in UK and international space science and astronomy and collaborate on a range of European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA missions.

CONTACT
Natalie Bealing, STFC Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445484
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8 NOVEMBER: FUTURE OF UK SPACE ACTIVITIES, HOUSE OF COMMONS, LONDON

Phil Willis MP, former chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology and David Williams, Director of the British National Space Centre (BNSC) are two of the speakers at this meeting. Issues for discussion include the possible formation of a UK space agency, the way that space inspires young people and the economic contribution of the space industry.

CONTACT
Nigel Calvin, STFC
Tel: +44 (0)1793 442176
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9 NOVEMBER: RAS SPECIALIST DISCUSSION MEETING, GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, BURLINGTON HOUSE, LONDON: A YEAR OF RESULTS FROM STEREO AND HINODE

For the last year the STEREO and Hinode probes have been sending back views of the Sun in unprecedented detail, highlighting the dynamic activity that characterises our nearest star. In a special discussion meeting at the Geological Society in London, space scientists will gather to discuss the first scientific results from the two space missions – results that include spectacular new images and movies.

Bona fide members of the media who wish to attend this meeting should present their credentials at the registration desk for free admission.

FURTHER INFORMATION
www.ras.org.uk

CONTACT
Dr Robert Massey
RAS Press and Policy Officer
Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 3307
Mob: +44 (0)794 124 8035
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8-9 NOVEMBER: INTERNATIONAL SPACE EXPLORATION CONFERENCE (ISEC 2007), BERLIN

ISEC 2007 will bring together 500 high-level representatives from political institutions, the scientific community, industry and the general public. Delegates will have the opportunity to help shape Europe’s role in the future of human spaceflight and exploration. Journalists are invited to attend the press conference on the morning of 8 November and the other meeting sessions.


CONTACT
Julia Maddock, STFC Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)1793 442094
Mob: +44 (0)7901 514 975

10-11 NOVEMBER: BRITISH INTERPLANETARY SOCIETY (BIS) SPACE WEEKEND, GLASGOW

The BIS Space Weekend conference will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow. Delegates will hear of future plans for human space exploration and robotic exploration of Mars.

FURTHER INFORMATION
www.bis-spaceflight.com

CONTACT
Tel: +44 (0) 207 735 3160
Fax: +44 (0) 207 820 1504
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12-16 NOVEMBER: MARS EXPRESS / EXOMARS CONFERENCE, ESTEC, ESA, NETHERLANDS

Between 12 and 16 November, leading space scientists will gather to see the latest results from ESA’s highly successful Mars Express space mission, which has been sending back super-detailed images of the Martian surface since its arrival in December 2003. The scientists will also discuss the proposed ExoMars mission expected to reach Mars in 2014. This mission will include a lander and robotic rover designed to carry out extensive exploration of the Martian surface.

FURTHER INFORMATION
www.stfc.ac.uk

CONTACT
Gill Ormrod, STFC Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)1793 442012
Mob: +44 (0)781 801 3509
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13 NOVEMBER: ROSETTA SPACECRAFT BOOSTED BY ‘GRAVITY ASSIST’ AS IT FLIES PAST THE EARTH

At 2057 UTC (or 2057 GMT) on 13 November the Rosetta probe will pass 5300 km (3300 miles) above the Pacific Ocean. Rosetta’s journey began in March 2004 and will end when it reaches Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. En-route to the comet the spacecraft is directed to make close encounters with Earth and Mars and their gravitational fields accelerate the probe towards its final destination. The 13 November flyby will be the second time Rosetta has received a ‘gravity assist’ from a rendezvous with Earth.

FURTHER INFORMATION
www.stfc.ac.uk

CONTACT
Gill Ormrod, STFC Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)1793 442012
Mob: +44 (0)781 801 3509
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