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BRB, goin to Jupiter [20100512|13:32]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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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.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2010-05-12 15:57 (UTC)
that is so awesome! hope you have a great time!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-12 18:29 (UTC)
Thank you! I'm looking forward to it.
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From: tdj
2010-05-12 18:02 (UTC)
Nice! Are you moderating?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-12 18:30 (UTC)
Nothing so high-powered. I believe my role is going to be largely administrative.
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From: tdj
2010-05-12 19:34 (UTC)
Hey, that leaves more time for clean rooms and drinking.
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2010-05-13 03:15 (UTC)
When are you there? I am in Amsterdam next Friday I believe.
And Gent in Belgium this weekend and somewhere else in Belgium/Holland (don't you love it when people tell you where the meeting is) in the middle of the week.

I would say it is unlikely that the gods will allow alignment, but I thought I'd ask.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-13 08:36 (UTC)
I'm in Noordwijk Sunday evening to Wednesday night. Missing you by a hair. Damn!
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2010-05-14 08:30 (UTC)
Yup. That seems to be the shape of it all this trip.
Perhaps I should, and you know this is a kind of out there idea but bear with me, tell people in advance of this sort of thing. Not that I know anything in advance... but that is a different story.
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From: pbristow
2010-05-13 19:11 (UTC)
"BRB, goin to Jupiter"

While you're there, could you check down the back of the sofa for this dratted ring everyone's so worried about?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-14 16:08 (UTC)
I think Frodo took care of it already.
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