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LIVE SCREENING OF THE LAUNCH OF NASA'S SWIFT MISSION AT THE NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE
Swift, a pioneering mission set to investigate gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful phenomena in the Universe, is due to launch on 17 November, 2004.
UK has been involved in Swift since 1998, when it was first proposed. The
University of Leicester has provided a state-of-the-art X-ray camera, while
the Mullard Space Science Laboratory of University College, London has
provided a UV/optical telescope. Scientists at both institutes, elsewhere in
the UK, and around the world are looking forward to the results from these
instruments. They will revolutionise gamma-ray burst science, and may allow us
to see further back in time than ever before.
National Space Centre in Leicester is the only science visitor attraction in
the UK to join
the international gamma ray burst network, which will enable it to receive notification
of burst alerts from Swift in
real time as they occur.
are invited to attend a live screening of the launch on:
17 November 2004
The National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS
15h00 - 15h45 Presentations by:
Julian Osborne - Senior Research Fellow, University of Leicester:
The Unique Capabilities of Swift
Alex Blustin - Research Fellow in Gamma-Ray Burst Science at MSSL-UCL:
The UK Contribution to Swift
Michael Bode - Director of the Liverpool Telescope Project, Liverpool John
Moores University: UK Rapid
Ground-Based Follow-Up Observations of Gamma-Ray Bursts
15h45 - 16h00 Opening of the Swift Exhibition
16h00 - 17h00 Countdown and refreshments
17h00 - 18h00 View launch in Space Theatre
18h00 - 18h15 Live telephone link with Professor Alan Wells, UK Lead Investigator on the X-Ray Telescope, at Cape Canaveral
confirm attendance, please contact Clare Masters - telephone
0116 258 2107or email firstname.lastname@example.org
15 November, 2004.
National Space Centre, funded by the Millennium Commission, is the UK's
largest attraction dedicated to the excitement of space. Its other founding
partners include The University of Leicester, Leicester City Council, the East
Midlands Development Agency and BT.
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