International Space Station turns 15

Posted by ap507 at Nov 21, 2013 09:37 AM |
To mark the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station, we look back on a selection of 15 achievements in our space research
International Space Station turns 15

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The University has been a world-leader in space science for more than half a century, thanks to our award-winning Department of Physics and Astronomy. To celebrate the 15th birthday of the International Space Station, the largest artificial body in orbit, first launched on 20 November 1998, here are 15 of our space achievements:

  1. Every year since 1967, there has been a University of Leicester-built instrument operating in space
  2. In 1975 we identified the existence of black holes previously predicted by Einstein
  3. A new solar system was discovered with the help of our intellectual property
  4. We were a founding partner of the National Space Centre which opened in 2001 as the UK's only attraction dedicated to space science
  5. Honorary graduate and visiting Professor, astronaut Jeff Hoffman officially opened our observatory in 2009 for staff and students
  6. The Space Research Centre is exploring the use of Britain's nuclear waste to power spacecraft
  7. Our aerospace engineers are quite literally taking off with a new practical module 
  8. What does space sound like? Andrew Williams, Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Space Research Centre reveals all
  9. Our scientists created the most extensive cosmic X-ray catalogue in existence, which is home to some of the Universe's rarest phenomena
  10. Dr John Bridges was involved in the discovery of clay samples containing key ingredients for ancient life on Mars
  11. Professor George Fraser is Principal Investigator on one of the main instruments that will fly on the Bepi Colombo mission to Mercury
  12. Canada's first astronaut Chris Hadfield will be visiting the University on Friday 13 December to share how he 'thinks like an astronaut'
  13. Evidence for a new kind of cosmic explosion - a kilonova - was found by our space scientists
  14. In 2010, our first space scientist, Professor Ken Pounds celebrated his golden anniversary and 50 years of space science at Leicester
  15. In 2011, four of our Physics and Astronomy students experienced weightlessness in a gravity-defying European Space Agency experiment