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Professor Monica Grady at BlueDot festival

Monica Grady, Professor in Planetary Sciences, spoke this summer at the Bluedot festival, held annually since 2016 at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, combining music, live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks. If you'd like to catch-up with her talk, the link is here: 1969 And All That.

10th October 2019

Graduation ceremony in Belfast

October has been a busy month already for the School of Physical Sciences and it was great that we started off on such a positive note by celebrating the graduations of some former PhD students (across Physical Sciences and Envrionment, Earth and Ecosystems): Rhian Chapman, Frances Butcher, Jack Wright and Peter Fawdon. Some of our academics joined them at the ceremony which was held in Belfast (The Open University, Northern Ireland). Congratulations to all of our recent graduates who we know are continuing with their amazing careers near and far.

10th October 2019

Dr Andrew Aldrin visits the School of Physical Sciences

At the start of October we were delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Aldin on a visit to the School of Physical Sciences. Dr Aldrin is the Director of the Aldrin Space Institute at Florida Institute of Technology, a multidisciplinary institute created to advance commercial space development. Dr Aldrin gave a talk entitled: 'Commercial space and the ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship' as well as meeting researchers and academics during a tour of the School.

10th October 2019

SPS researchers at UK Space Conference 2019

Ben Dryer, Thomas Buggey, Oliver Hetherington, Chiaki Crews, Martyna Hodges, Martine Harvey, James Endicott and Andrew Holland represented a cross section of the School’s research and other work at the UK Space Conference 2019 at the ICC Wales in Newport from the 24th to the 26th September.

1st October 2019

Recorded lecture: Citizen Science and the Data Avalanche

Stephen Serjeant, Professor of Astronomy, recently gave an evenning lecture as part of our 'Open University at 50' celebrations entitled 'Citizen Science and the Data Avalanche'. You can catch a recording of his talk here.

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24th September 2019

Professor Monica Grady '1969 And All That' talk

We welcomed Professor Monica Grady to the Berrill Lecture Theatre stage here at The Open University campus in Milton Keynes at the beginning of September to hear her speak about '1969 And All That'. Monica told the audience all about some of the many amazing space science events that occurred that year, not forgetting the Moon landing of course, but as we learnt on the night, that was not the only big space science event in 1969.

16th September 2019

Royal Scottish Geographical Society 'Inspiring People' talk series including Mahesh Anand

In February, Dr Mahesh Anand, Reader in Planetary Science and Exploration, will be speaking in Scotland as part of a series of talks entitled: Inspiring People, hosted by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Mahesh's talk will focus on Living on the Moon: The next 50 years. exploring how and why the Moon could play host to a sustainable human presence as we enter an era of ‘New Space’.

5th September 2019

Tickets released for the next set of SPS OU@50 talks

We have an exciting set of talks coming up, presented by some of our academics in the School of Physical Sciences. These will be presented live on campus in Milton Keynes, but also available vis livestream for those who can't join in person. Eventbrite links have been set-up for registering for tickets. Please see below. More talks, to take place in October and November, will be announced here shortly. Follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

 

5th August 2019

Sniffing the Solar System at Science Museum Lates in London

Geraint (Taff) Morgan and Simon Sheridan were at the Science Museum, London for Science Lates this week, which focussed on the Apollo landings. They took along their instruments that are used to sniff out gases and determine chemical signatures, the same instruments they plan to use in space.

1st August 2019

Mahesh Anand celebrating the Moon landing anniversary on the USS Hornet

Mahesh Anand, Reader in Planetary Science and Exploration within the School of Physical Sciences, visited the USS Hornet on 24th July 2019 on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 splashdown. USS Hornet is the ship that was used to recover the Apollo 11 capsule upon its splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on 24th July 1969, and is now moored off San Francisco bay on Alameda island where it has been converted into a museum. The photo shows a ‘broiler plate’ copy of the capsule that was used to practise Apollo 11 capsule recovery.

29th July 2019

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