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School of Physics and Astronomy

Next School of Physics and Astronomy Public Talk: The Parker Solar Probe Mission

At 7:00 pm on Thursday 19 April Dr Chris Chen will deliver the next in our series of Physics and Astronomy public talks. He will describe the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission, due to be launched in the summer of 2018.

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The probe will be the first spacecraft to fly directly through the Sun's atmosphere, in what will be humankind’s closest encounter with a star.

Chris, a member of the Parker Solar Probe science team, will outline this ambitious mission and its science goals, which include answering important questions about how the Sun works, how it produces the solar wind, and the complex ways in which its effects propagate through the solar system and affect all of us here on Earth.

The talk will be held in the physics lecture theatre in the G O Jones building on Queen Mary’s Mile End campus. It will be suitable for a general, non-specialist audience, and all are welcome.

Admission is free, and there will be an informal drinks reception after the talk. It would help our planning if you could register your attendance here.

Details of forthcoming public talks by members of the School of Physics and Astronomy can be found here.

(Image credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)