Wed 23rd Jun 2021
Time: 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Category: Monthly Society Meetings
At our June online meeting, Christopher Chen will give a talk titled The Parker Solar Mission.
The meeting will start at 7:45pm (Zoom access from 7:30pm). Zoom details will be sent to all members on the TOAST list.
Parker Solar Probe mission
NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission is revolutionizing our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds. Parker Solar Probe travels through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions to provide humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.
Journey to the Sun
Launch: Aug. 12, 2018
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV-Heavy with Upper Stage
Dr Christopher Chen is a Lecturer and STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow in the Astronomy Unit of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. He gained his PhD in Space Physics at Imperial College London in 2011, before taking up a research position at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013, he returned to Imperial as a Junior Research Fellow and in 2016 was awarded an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship. In 2017, he moved to QMUL to take up his current position as Lecturer in Space Plasma Physics.