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RAS PN 08/35: Space and astronomy digest: April 2008

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 18:12
Published on Wednesday, 02 April 2008 00:00
The April digest of space and astronomy news. This month sees the Jules Verne cargo ship dock with the International Space Station and the latest RAS public lecture.

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE

Date: 2 April 2008
For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 08/35

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: APRIL 2008

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

3 APRIL: JULES VERNE DOCKS WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

The Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is set to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) at 1541 BST (1641 CEST) on 3 April. Jules Verne is a cargo ship constructed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and will resupply the ISS crew, bringing food, water and equipment to the orbiting outpost. Once the astronauts have retrieved the supplies, the empty ATV will be used to store waste, before eventually being directed to undock and burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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8 APRIL: SOYUZ LAUNCH TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

At 1216 BST on 8 April, the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft is due to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, carrying the Expedition 17 crew to the ISS. The crew includes South Korea’s first astronaut, Yi-so Yeon.

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8 APRIL: RAS LUNCHTIME LECTURE: WHAT THE STARS HAVE DONE FOR US – FROM ASTROLOGY TO ASTROPHYSICS, BURLINGTON HOUSE, LONDON

For thousands of years, humans have marvelled at the night sky and established fascinating links with the stars, which at first sight seem to be eternal and unchanging. In this lecture, Dr Francisco Diego (University College London and Science and Society Fellow of the Science and Technology Facilities Council) will deal with early astrological beliefs stating that our destiny is controlled by the stars in some magical way. He will explain how the fascinating discoveries of modern astrophysics show that our relationship with the stars is far more intimate and magical than we could ever have imagined.

The lunchtime lectures are open to everyone and take place in the newly-refurbished Burlington House, the headquarters of the RAS off Piccadilly in central London. The lectures take place at 1pm on the first Tuesday of each month and the audience can take their seats from 12.45.

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RAS website

CONTACT

Robert Massey
Royal Astronomical Society
(Details above)

NOTES FOR EDITORS

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organizes scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3000 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.