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An ambitious European mission is being planned to answer fundamental questions about how planetary systems form and evolve. ARIEL will investigate the atmospheres of several hundreds planets orbiting distant stars. It is one of three candidate missions selected last month by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its next medium class science mission, due for launch in 2026. The ARIEL mission concept has been developed by a consortium of more than 50 institutes from 12 countries, including UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal. The mission will be presented today at the Pathways 2015 conference in Bern, Switzerland, by ARIEL’s Principal Investigator, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of UCL. More...
New maps from ESA's Planck satellite, forming the second major data release (February 2015) from the project, have unveiled the polarised light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought. More...
The Mind of the Universe
This is an outreach programme developed under a Science in Society Fellowship granted to Dr Francisco Diego by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
It consists of a series of public/school lectures and teacher workshops/resource packs embracing topics like the origin and development of the Universe, the mystery behind the nature of the dark Universe, the formation of stars and planets, space exploration and the possibility of alien life.
Francisco Diego delivers his Mind of the Universe lecture about Galileo, Darwin and life in the Universe to a packed audience on board the Queen Mary 2.
The Mind of the Universe programme has important links to educational organizations like the British Science Association, Institute of Physics, the Royal Institution, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Association for Science Education.
Over the last couple of years the project has received a positive response from the public, with audiences of over 15,000 and comments like the one below:
"Your talk was a great success across the age range, from Year 9 pupils all the way up to staff. The level of sophistication engaged a wide audience, from young pupils to whom it was all pretty new, through to Year 13 pupils who study the Expanding Universe as part of their A2 course. It provided the start of lively discussion with my top Year 9 set and questions about University Astrophysics courses from a couple of Year 12s - definitely a positive result. Can I finally say how impressed we were with your ability to communicate your passion for the topic, while at the same time making such a complex subject accessible - a rare skill indeed!"
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