MSSL Planetary Science News
- Mars Advanced Summer School, China
- New Planetary Group Website Launched
- Cassini CAPS Team Meeting: Glacier National Park, Montana
- Workshop on future observations and study of Uranus
- Joint meeting of the European Planetology Network and Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Nantes, France
- 4th ExoMars Science Working Team Meeting, ESTEC, The Netherlands
- ScienceWatch interview with Prof. Andrew Coates
- Dr. Adam Masters wins the Robert Boyd Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement
- Planetary Group attends the 2011 Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco
- Dione's thin oxygen exosphere
- Dr. Gethyn Lewis attends a meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network
- Planetary group attends the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester
- Comet studies in the planetary group catch media attention at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting
- Planetary group scientists attend Cassini Magnetospheric and Plasma Science Meeting
- Selection of JUICE mission to Jupiter and Ganymede by ESA
- Planetary science group hosts Cassini CAPS Team Meeting 43
- Dr. Chris Arridge awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship
- Rover Trial
- Research Images Competition
- Kimberley Birkett awarded 2013 Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) at the AGU Fall Meeting
- ExoMars landing sites narrowed down – and PanCam appears on BBC News
- Planetary Space Weather
- Venus is slowly losing its atmosphere
- Titan's atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought
- Planetary group student organises Sample Space Science Week at MSSL for sixth formers
- Ions from Comet 67P – early Rosetta results and increasing activity
- Cassini mission provides insight into Saturn
- UCL's ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars
- Saturn and Enceladus produce the same amount of plasma
- Giotto at Halley: 30 years ago!
- Solar storms trigger Jupiter's 'Northern Light'
- Liftoff to Mars!
- Strong 'electric wind' strips planets of oceans and atmospheres
Dr. Gethyn Lewis attends a meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network
5 March 2012
Dr. Gethyn Lewis will attend a consortium meeting of the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network of Europe (SPINE) at the European Space Agency's space research and technology centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, from 5 - 7 March 2012. The SPINE consortium aims to share resources and coordinate efforts to understand and model the interaction of spacecraft with their space plasma environments, including spacecraft charging. Dr. Lewis has been involved in modelling work using tools (Spacecraft Plasma Interaction System - SPIS) developed by the SPINE consortium to understand the charging of the Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.
Because space is not a vacuum and is filled with particles, albeit at a very low density compared to Earth, spacecraft/satellites in space interact with their environments, producing wakes (just like boats) and other phenomena. Also, spacecraft will charge up in space, either by electrons and other particles in space bombarding the spacecraft, or by sunlight hitting the surface of the spacecraft and ejecting electrons. Understanding these effects are important in being able to interpret observations made by instruments on the spacecraft and are also important for the health of the spacecraft. Every spacecraft is different and responds differently to its space environment. Furthermore, the environment that Cassini encounters at Saturn is different to the environment around Earth. Dr. Lewis has been focusing on understanding these effects and modelling their results for Cassini so we can more fully understand effects in our data.
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