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Pythagoras’ Trousers: Making the Invisible, Visible

Posted on 2 April 2015 by Chris North

In this special documentary as part of the Pythagoras Trousers radio series, Rhys Phillips visits his alma mater, Cardiff University’s School of Physics & Astronomy, to find out about a new generation of detectors being developed to help see things in the far infra-red part of the spectrum. With contributions from Chris North, Peter Hargave,
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Dr Haley Gomez at TEDxCardiff

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Haley Gomez

The School of Physics and Astronomy’s very own Dr Haley Gomez was invited to speak at this year’s incredibly popular TEDxCardiff. The event held at the Wales Millienium Centre in Cardiff was sold out within a minute! For more details see here. Dr Gomez works on using the most sensitive infrared cameras in space to
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Pythagorean Astronomy: ExoMars

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Chris North

It has been announced that the UK will lead the design and build of Europe’s next rover to Mars. Part of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars programme, this robotic explorer will drill down up two metres to search for signs of microbial life beneath the Martian surface. To find out about the rover, its mission, and the challenges
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Pythagorean Astronomy: Adventures of Philae

Posted on 27 November 2014 by Chris North

Chris North On 12th November 2014, the Philae lander separated from its mothership, ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, and made history by making the first ever soft landing on a comet. It wasn’t quite as soft as hoped, with Philae experiencing more than its fair share of ups and downs, but it provided an nerve-wracking few days
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Pythagorean Astronomy: MAVEN to Mars

Posted on 5 November 2014 by Chris North

In late September, two new missions arrived ion orbit around Mars. One was India’s first mission, the Mars Orbiter Mission, while the other was NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. MAVEN’s goal is not to study the surface of the planet but its atmosphere, with the aim of determining how it is changing and how it may have changed in the
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Landing on a comet

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Chris North

Excitement is building around the world as the Philae lander, part of ESA’s Rosetta mission, prepares to touch down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. As part of the Spatial Awareness series, Cardiff University’s Chris North chatted to Oxford’s Becky Smethurst and QUB’s Alan Fitzsimmons – currently on top of a mountain in Chile preparing to observe the
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