New Director for Space Research Centre
Professor George Fraser has taken over
from Professor Alan Wells as Director of the University’s Space Research
Professor Fraser commented: “It is an interesting time for space science at Leicester for a
number of reasons. We have recently
moved into the new laboratories, clean rooms and offices provided by the Phase II extension to the Space Research
Centre building and are settling down with our new neighbours from the
Mathematical Modelling Centre. We are
in the run-up to Beagle 2’s landing on Mars, which will take place at
Christmas, and a number of new projects are all at critical stages.
“We have recently undergone a major
funding review by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC),
involving a bid for £3M over four years, and I am also off to the European
Space Agency to discuss approvals for two
He sees the Space Research Centre as
being in good shape, paying tribute to Alan Wells’ custodianship which, he
says, has been very successful at a time of major uncertainties in space
Professor Fraser is
principal investigator developing the X-Ray Spectrometer (XRS), one of
the instruments mounted on the “PAW” of Beagle 2 – the Mars lander due
to set down on the Red Planet on Christmas Day and examine the surface of Mars
for signs of life.
Last updated: 26 November 2003 9:55
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