Scientists using space technologies to save lives on Earth

Posted by ap507 at Dec 11, 2013 01:40 PM |
University academics ‘thinking like astronauts’
Scientists using space technologies to save lives on Earth

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Space researchers from the University are applying cutting-edge space technology to real-life applications in order to save lives on Earth.

Canada’s first astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield, is encouraging us all to ‘think like an astronaut’ in his new memoirs, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, and two academics from the Space Research Centre, Dr John Lees and Dr Roland Leigh, are doing just that with their innovative applications of space technology.

The researchers will be sharing their Earth applications of space technology with Colonel Hadfield who will be visiting the University and the National Space Centre on Friday 13 December as part of an international book tour.

During his visit to the University, Chris will also meet a number of Physics and Astronomy students who will share their research with him through displays and demonstrations. He will then take part in a Q&A session at the National Space Centre with school and college students from around Leicestershire.

Listen to podcasts with Dr John Lees about using space technology to treat cancer and Dr Roland Leigh discussing using space technology to monitor pollution below: