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MSSL Deliver First QB50 INMS
Publication date: 17 August 2016
Dhiren Kataria (centre-right) sets off to deliver the first of 12 Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometers (INMS) to the QB50 project. INMS is the latest in a long line of space particle detectors designed, built and tested by MSSL and follows the successful operation of a similar instrument on the UK's TechDemoSat-1 launched in 2014.
Prof Louise Harra and team awarded 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes
Publication date: 9 August 2016
The winners of the 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes, the prestigious awards for scientific collaboration in the UK and Japan, have been announced. Following an assessment conducted by a panel of Fellows of the Royal Society, the Trustees of The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation have awarded four Daiwa Adrian Prizes of £10,000 to joint UK-Japan scientific research teams.
New Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences appointed
Publication date: 20 July 2016
Einstein's general relativity passes another stringent test
Publication date: 11 July 2016
Magnetic Rope observed for the first time between Saturn and the Sun
Publication date: 6 July 2016
A twisted magnetic field structure, previously never seen before at Saturn, has now been detected for the first time, using instrumentation built at UCL and Imperial College.
When the Sun’s magnetic field interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field (the magnetosphere), a complex process occurs called magnetic reconnection which can twist the field into a helical shape.
Strong ‘electric wind’ strips planets of oceans and atmospheres
Publication date: 20 June 2016
MAPS Faculty PhesDival - 15th June
Publication date: 24 May 2016
Prof. Martin Rees - Real and Counterfactual Universes
Publication date: 23 May 2016
The greatest movie ever made, directed by astronomers, starring Our Universe
Publication date: 19 May 2016
Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail
Publication date: 26 April 2016
BBC Inside Science visits MSSL to talk QB50
Publication date: 22 April 2016
MSSL's Prof. Andrew Coates joined host Adam Rutherford on BBC Radio 4's Inside Science programme to talk about missions to other stars and multi-spacecraft missions to our own planet. As well, roving report Marnie Chesterton visited MSSL to explore the grounds and talk to Dhiren Kataria about the upcoming QB50 mission and MSSL's involvement in its design and build.
Space Weather Research in UCL Antenna
Publication date: 4 April 2016
The science behind understanding the causes and effects of space weather being undertaken at MSSL has been featured in a new article on UCL Antenna. Prof. Louise Harra, Dr. Robert Wicks and Dhiren Kataria were interviewed about their research and the upcoming Solar Orbiter mission, along with the challenges of operating in such a hazardous environment.
Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’
Publication date: 24 March 2016
Congratulations to the winners of the MSSL Student Poster Competition
Publication date: 25 February 2016
UCL Colloquium 11 May 2016 - Prof Martin Rees, FRS
Publication date: 4 February 2016
UCL’s ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars
Publication date: 4 December 2015
The UCL-made ‘structural-thermal model’ of the ExoMars PanCam instrument for the joint ESA-Roscosmos (Russian space agency) 2018 rover mission leaves UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) today for Airbus UK in Stevenage. This is the first of several steps on the way to Mars - in 2016, UCL will deliver engineering- and flight models. The flight model will be the actual instrument which travels to Mars where it will identify promising targets for the mission.
Cassini mission provides insight into Saturn
Publication date: 1 December 2015
MSSL Awards 2015
Publication date: 25 November 2015
On Monday 23rd November, staff and students gathered to recognise outstanding people at MSSL in the annual MSSL awards. The awards, presented in memory of former colleagues, are a recognition of excellence in our science, engineering and outreach programmes.
Laboratorio - Poems from MSSL
Publication date: 25 November 2015
How did Mars lose its habitable climate? The answer is blowing in the solar wind
Publication date: 6 November 2015
UCL Staff Engagement Survey 2015
Publication date: 15 October 2015
Prizes for the 2014/15 MSc Programmes in Systems Engineering Management and MSc in Technology Management.
Publication date: 12 October 2015
MSSL is proud to announce the winners of this year's student awards on its Systems Engineering Management and Technology Management MSc Programmes.
Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure launches new era of planetary collaboration in Europe
Publication date: 15 September 2015
MSSL involved in new NASA proposals
Publication date: 5 August 2015
NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency’s larger missions. MSSL's Prof. Kinwah Wu and Dr. Silvia Zane are part of the team behind the selected IXPE proposal.
Sixth Formers Sample Space Science
Publication date: 3 August 2015
Solar Physics Group celebrates RAS and Arthur awards
Publication date: 21 July 2015
Members of the MSSL Solar Physics Group have been celebrating three recent awards for their achievements and service to the solar physics and wider astronomical communities. Prof. Len Culhane was awarded the Sir Arthur C. Clarke Award for Lifetime Achievement at this year's awards ceremony. Prof. Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi was awarded the RAS Service Award and Prof. Louise Harra received the RAS Group Achievement Award on behalf of the Hinode EIS Team at this year's National Astronomy Meeting.
MSSL Signs up to UCLU's "Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment"
Publication date: 13 July 2015
MSSL has signed up to UCLU and UCL's "Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge for Departments". Run by UCLU, the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment campaign aims to eradicate sexual harassment at UCL. The campaign has already engaged hundreds of students and UCLU societies and is now expanding across the University.
Titan’s atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought
Publication date: 18 June 2015
ESA shortlists three space missions with major UCL contributions
Publication date: 17 June 2015
The European Space Agency has announced the shortlisted proposals for its next mid-sized science mission.
All three proposed spacecraft have significant contributions from UCL, which means the university will be guaranteed a role regardless of which is chosen. The candidates are in the areas of exoplanet science, plasma physics and X-ray observations of high-energy phenomena, with teams including academics at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory and UCL Physics & Astronomy.
ESA Announces M4 Down-selection
Publication date: 4 June 2015
ESA has announced the three missions that will undergo Phase A studies for the fourth M-class mission in the Cosmic Visions science programme. These are the Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (Ariel), the Turbulence Heating ObserveR (Thor) and the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer (Xipe). MSSL scientists and engineers will be involved in the studies for all three missions.
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