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The MSSL plasma group attends the Autumn MIST meeting

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On Friday 24 November the members of the MSSL space plasma group attended the Autumn MIST meeting at the Royal Astronomical Society in London. 
The MIST meeting is a reasonably small (but growing) congregation of the UK space physics community which enables friends and colleagues from  all over the country to catch up. MIST also allows younger members of the community such as new students and postdocs to present their work to a friendly and welcoming audience. 

Space Plasma Group hosts London NERC DTP training

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London NERC DTP students designing a new space weather mission at MSSL

Students from this year's intake into the London NERC DTP visited the University of London Observatory, Royal Astronomical Society and MSSL to undertake training in the natural hazards of space weather. The three-day training course included practicals on space weather instrumentation, taking part in a space weather disaster scenario run by the Met Office and the design of a new space weather monitoring mission.

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. 

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