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China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation visits MSSL

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Delegation from the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation visit MSSL

On Wednesday 31st October, MSSL hosted a delegation from the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation. We discussed with the delegation MSSL's Technology Management programme as well as the development of in-situ plasma detectors with Prof. Alan Smith, Michael Emes and Dhiren Kataria. A number of the delegation also had a tour of the recently revamped clean rooms at MSSL.

ExoMars Rover uses PanCam to explore Atacama Desert

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AU PanCam Emulator (AUPE) as deployed in the volcanic caldera on Tenerife

This week saw the most ambitious test yet of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover, when - remotely controlled by scientists in the UK - it explored the Atacama Desert in South America.

The shocking truth about solar eruptions

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The Solar atmosphere, observed in ultraviolet light by the Solar Dynamics Observatory Atmospheric Imaging Assembly. Observations from SDO form part of the analysis in this research. Credit: NASA/SDO

The Sun gives light and heat that makes life possible on Earth. That said, our nearest star can have more sinister effects, sometimes unleashing huge eruptions of hot gas, called coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which carry billions of tons of matter travelling at millions of kilometres an hour into space. These storms can be accompanied by solar radio bursts, and if they head in Earth’s direction, they can cause damaging effects on many of the technologies that we rely on in our everyday lives, such as communications satellites and mobile phone networks. 

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