Euclid Flying High

Post by Magdalena Szafraniec, Euclid detector scientist, reporting from the Farnborough Airshow 2014.


The Farnborough International Airshow took place between 14th and 20th July at the Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, England. The first five days were dedicated to the traders, while the last two days, Saturday and Sunday were open to the public. The air show, which is organized every two years, is an important event for the international aerospace and defence industry, attracting over 200,000 visitors. During the weekend the air show enthusiasts came along with their families to explore the new developments in the civilian and military aircraft. This year, among a number of other innovative solutions, the latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A350, Scorpion Fighter and a near-silent two-seater plane on display attracted most of the crowds. The observers could also admire a number take-offs and landings, formation flying shows as well as the impressive and incredibly noisy vertical landing of the harrier.

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Of volcanoes, colours, and distant galaxies

Greetings, I am Ignacio Ferreras, a reader at MSSL. This time our MSSL blog post is written from Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, a special place for astronomical observations. These days I am visiting colleagues at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), a research centre built to support one of the largest observatories in the world. As mentioned in the title above, the reason for my stay here is a combination of volcanoes, colours and distant galaxies.

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