University of Leicester eBulletin

How To Be a Rocket Scientist

March 2003
No 76

A lecture at the University of Leicester could be a dream come true for some people when the challenge of becoming a rocket scientist is explained.

Exclusive video footage of scientists at work on a space mission will be shown at the annual Faculty of Science lecture to be given by Dr Martin Barstow of the world-renowned Physics and Astronomy Department.

Dr Barstow, who takes up his Professorship in April, is a fellow of the Institute of Physics, receiving the NASA group achievement award in 1991.

He said: “Following the Columbia shuttle disaster, there has been fresh interest in space exploration and the lecture is an opportunity to see behind the scenes of a preparatory flight into space. Using exclusive video footage, the audience will be able to follow the story of a group of British researchers preparing for the launch of a new telescope to view a dying white dwarf star.”

Dr Barstow will examine why it is necessary to go into space and elaborate on how it is done.

The University of Leicester houses Europe’`s biggest academic space research centre and is a co-founder of the £52million National Space Centre.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Thursday, March 13 at 7pm in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK:  For more information please contact Dr Martin Barstow on 0116 252 3492.

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