Space and astronomy digest: April 2010
SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: APRIL 2010
Royal Astronomical Society Press Release
Ref: RAS PN 10/15
Date: 31st March 2010
For immediate release
Dr Robert Massey
Press and Policy Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
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SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: APRIL 2010 (RAS PN 10/15)
This release summarises some of the astronomy and space science events taking place during April, particularly those with UK involvement. It is not intended to be fully comprehensive and dates and times may be subject to change.
2ND APRIL: LAUNCH OF SOYUZ TMA-18 TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS)
On 2nd April, the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18 is set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The vehicle will carry US astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Mikhail Korniyenko to the ISS, where they will join the other members of Expedition 23 already on board the Station.
Russian Federal Space Agency
5TH APRIL: LAUNCH OF SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY TO ISS
Space Shuttle Discovery is set to launch on its mission to the ISS at 1121 BST (0621 EDT) on 5th April. The mission, STS-131, will deliver supplies, a new crew sleeping quarters and science racks to the Space Station. In three separate spacewalks, the astronauts will replace an ammonia storage tank and a gyroscope on the Station truss and retrieve a Japanese seed experiment.
The seven-strong crew, commanded by American Alan Poindexter and including Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, are scheduled to return to Earth after 13 days in space.
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12TH – 16TH APRIL: RAS NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING 2010, GLASGOW
From 12th to 16th April, more than 500 astronomers and space scientists are expected to gather at the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2010) that will take place at the University of Glasgow. This annual conference is one of the largest professional astronomy meetings in Europe and attracts researchers from across the world.
Delegates at NAM 2010 will present the latest research results, in fields ranging from the impact of space weather on the Earth to planets around other stars and the way galaxies were shaped in the early Universe.
Members of the media are cordially invited to register for NAM2010, both to attend and to receive embargoed press releases. Registration is free and available through the RAS Press Office.
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Dr Robert Massey
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13TH APRIL: RAS LUNCHTIME LECTURE: THE SECOND SPACE AGE
In the latest public lecture at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, London, Dr Kevin Fong, Co-Director of the Centre for Aviation, Space and Extreme environment medicine will discuss the future of space exploration in the wake of the NASA decision to end the Constellation Project. He will consider what this means for human space exploration and in particular how the new emphasis on the commercial sector and international partners will shape the ‘second space age’ now underway.
Dr Robert Massey
22ND – 23RD APRIL: SHE IS AN ASTRONOMER CONFERENCE, RAS, LONDON
On 22nd and 23rd April, a conference celebrating the ending of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) Cornerstone project ‘She is an astronomer’ will take place at the Royal Astronomical Society in Burlington House, London. The conference will be opened by Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell and will include talks on pioneering women in astronomy, by female scientists on their work and careers, on gender issues, work-life balance, careers, mentoring, psychology/culture and statistics.
One outcome of the meeting will be a list of suggestions for supporting and encouraging women in astronomy in support of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Resolution passed at the IAU General Assembly in August 2009.
Dr Helen Walker, Co-Chair of She is An Astronomer
APRIL’S NIGHT SKY
Information on stars, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena is available from the British Astronomical Association (BAA) website: http://www.britastro.org
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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