An out of this world experience at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition


Your chance to take part in the Cassini-Huygens mission as it reaches Saturn

UK space scientists are involved in a plethora of spacecraft that are currently exploring the planets, moons and comets in our Solar System. The UK Goes to the Planets exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition provides an opportunity to find out about these missions direct from the scientists.

Within the last couple of years we have seen the launches of:- Mars Express and Beagle 2 to Mars, Smart-1 to the Moon, Rosetta to Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko and the capture of cometary dust by the Stardust spacecraft.

With Cassini-Huygens poised to start its four year orbit of the "jewel" of the Solar System, Saturn (1st July) it is an exciting time for UK space science. Later in the year the Huygens probe will be released ready for decent onto Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in January 2005.

Meet some of the Cassini-Huygens scientists and learn about some of the exciting findings following Saturn Orbit Insertion.

  • see for yourself the latest images of Saturn and its moon's.
  • get to play your own part in the mission by using Cassini data to try and identify new satellites orbiting Saturn.
  • try your hand at determining the surface of Titan by taking part in a simulation test that uses a "real" Huygens probe.

    This year's exhibition is a real planetary feast - with three other exhibitors being sponsored in part by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC).

    The others exhibits being:-

  • Stars 'R' Us
  • Hunting for planets in Stardust
  • Our star!

    Professor Ian Halliday, Chief Executive Officer of PPARC said: "It is an exciting time for planetary exploration, astronomy and space science. Exhibitions such as this offer people the opportunity to find out about the world class research that is taking place in the UK directly from the people who are doing it. By capturing the interest of young people now we can secure the next generation of home bred scientists for the future."

    Source: Eurekalert & others

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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