Mad Scientess Jane Expat
Bad Idea of the Day: Deciding to go grocery shopping and schlep home a heavy load...immediately after donating blood. Cue nearly fainting on the pavement!
AWESOME THING OF THE DAY: THE SOLAR ORBITER MISSION HAS BEEN SELECTED BY ESA.
"Solar Orbiter is not so much about taking high-resolution pictures of the Sun, although we'll get those; it's about getting close and joining up what happens on the Sun with what happens in space," explained Tim Horbury from Imperial College London* and one of Solar Orbiter's lead scientists.
"The solar wind and coronal mass ejections - these big releases of material coming off the Sun; we don't know precisely where they're coming from, and precisely how they're generated. Solar Orbiter can help us understand that."
YESSSSS WE ARE GOING TO THE SUN WITH MAGNETOMETERS AND ELECTRON ANALYSERS AND OTHER SCIENCEY GIZMOS AND WE WILL FIGURE OUT HOW IT WORKS HO YES WE WILL
* He's ours (Space Physics)! Bouncy Tim!
Beware the yellow face, though. It burnssss
Yay for science-y solar progress! Big, freakin' BOO for nearly dropping yourself onto unfriendly pavement, especially as a result of doing Good Things. *offers cushions & duct tape* ;)
Thank you. I came home and sat on the sofa with my head between my knees for a few minutes, then drank a glass of water and felt much better. Yikes!
That is great news!
Yay for funded missions.
Indeed! This makes me jubilant for the future of the group, both on the instrumentation side (we'll be building the magnetometer) and the science side.
""Solar Orbiter is not so much about taking high-resolution pictures of the Sun, although we'll get those; it's about getting close and joining up what happens on the Sun with what happens in space,""
Also: Developing SPF 33,000,000 sunblock.
(This overdue quip is brought to you by "I've been mostly off the net for a few weeks arguing with various versions of Windows" - The gift that likes to keep giving!)
I think SPF 33,000,000 sunblock is more commonly known as "20 mm of lead shielding"!