Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

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BRB, goin to Jupiter

For the past couple of weeks, I've been helping to organise a science team meeting taking place in the Netherlands next week to plan the Europa-Jupiter System Mission (EJSM). My duties included compiling and editing the abstract booklet, which in turn included cobbling together this image:

Potential future mission to Jupiter

On the left is a lovely artist's rendition of Jupiter, its four Galilean moons and the two spacecraft. The purple lines running between everything are the magnetic fields. On the right is a Venn diagram. Because who doesn't love Venn diagrams? But seriously, it's supposed to show how the science and spacecraft will be divvied up between the European Space agency (ESA) and NASA.

Up until today, I wasn't attending the meeting.

As of this morning, I'm attending the meeting. Cue frantic search for flights to Amsterdam that don't cost £300 and frantic search for hotels in Noordwijk that haven't already been booked by the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), which is where the meeting is taking place. Since that's taken care of, I can actually get excited about my first trip to an ESA site. They build whole spacecraft there! Okay, we make instruments here at Imperial, and that's pretty cool too. But whole spacecraft! Wow! I'm so doing the tour of the clean rooms. And buying one of everything in the gift shop.

Excuse me, I have to go and do a gleeful dance now.
Tags: ejsm, netherlands, travel
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