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Rad-Sat Team meets at MSSL

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Rad-Sat team at the 2nd Team Meeting hosted by MSSL

The Space Plasma Physics Group hosted the 2nd team meeting of Rad-Sat - NERC Strategic Highlight Topic project to study the Earth's radiation belts. The Rad-Sat team is led by the British Antarctic Survey and includes members from MSSL, Imperial College, University of Reading and University of Sheffield.

MSSL at the 27th Cluster Workshop in Bled

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Prof. Andrew Fazakerley and Dr. Colin Forsyth with former MSSL-ers Dr. Zhonghua Yao and Dr. Andrew Walsh at the 27th Cluster Workshop in Bled

 Prof. Andrew Fazakerley and Dr. Colin Forsyth attended the 27th Cluster Workshop, organised by ESA in Bled, Slovenia. The workshop gives Cluster scientists (including former MSSL scientists) the opportunity to come together and discuss new science results as well as the current status and future plans for the Cluster mission, which has now been operating in space for 17 years.

MSSL Space Plasma Physics researchers celebrated by Royal Astronomical Society

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We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Professor Chris Owen and Dr. Zhonghua Yao, recipients of two prestigious awards from the Royal Astronomical Society. Prof. Owen will give the 2017 “James Dungey Lecture” and Dr. Yao was awarded the “Winton Capital Award” for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK institution whose career has shown the most promising development.

Dr. Licia Ray joins the MSSL Space Plasma Physics Group

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We welcome Dr Licia Ray who has recently joined the MSSL Space Plasmas

Group as a new postdoctoral researcher.

Congratulations to Dr. Jonny Rae

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Congratulations to Dr. Jonny Rae, who has been promoted to Reader of

Space Plasma Physics, which will take effect on 1 October 2015.  Dr. Rae

SWA EAS Sensor Makes Appearance on the BBC's 'Sky at Night'

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The Solar Orbiter SWA EAS sensor was exhibited by Andrew Coates during the BBC's 'Sky at Night' program on May 10th 2015.  Although the program concentrated on results from the Venus Express mission, it was recorded at UCL/MSSL and featured some of the wider aspects of MSSL's activities. 

SWA EAS sensor on the BBC's 'Stargazing Live'

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The Solar Orbiter SWA instrument featured heavily in an article broadcast as part of the BBC's 'Stargazing Live' event on March 20th 2015.  For those with access to the BBC's iplayer, the full program can be accessed here until mid-April 2015. 

SWA instruments on Display on Solar Orbiter STM Spacecraft

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boom onto STM SC

On 13th March 2015 Airbus Stevenage invited the UK Instrument PI's and the national press to view the Structural and Thermal Model of the Solar Orbiter Spacecraft, which has just been completed with the installation of the heatshield.  The STM will now go off for testing in Germany. 

Plasma group welcomes Robert Wicks

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The MSSL Space Plasmas group welcomes Dr. Robert Wicks to the laboratory and the group. Robert joins as a new-appointment joint Lecturer at UCL with activities split between MSSL and the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. Robert comes to us from Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, where he has worked for the past three years. Prior to this, Robert spent three years as a post-doc at Imperial College London, having completed his PhD studies at the University of Warwick in 2009.

Plasma group hosts James Buxton (Judd School) for a week of work experience

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James Buxton

The MSSL Space Plasma Group welcomed James Buxton, a sixth form pupil at Judd School in Tonbridge, Kent, for a week of work experience during half-term week 16-20 February 2015.  In addition to discussions with members of the laboratory on solar imaging techniques, spacecraft observations of the heliosphere and the hardware program and technical capabilities of UCL/MSSL, James experienced seminars on Solar Orbiter, flux transfer events at the terrestrial magnetopause and cosmological parameters derived from the Planck mission.  He also participated in the space plasmas student progress discussion meeting.  Between these activities, James worked on a mini-research project looking for solar eruptive events that were detected at multiple points on their journey from the Sun through the Heliosphere.  An example of his work can be found here.

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