Launch anniversary: celebrating Gaia’s 1st birthday in space

 

Figure 1: The MSSL Gaia team with Gaia (cake): (from left to right) Mark Cropper (inset), Chris Dolding, George Seabroke, Steve Baker, Howard Huckle, Mike Smith and Kevin Benson (inset).
Figure 1: The MSSL Gaia team with Gaia (cake): (from left to right) Mark Cropper (inset), Chris Dolding, George Seabroke, Steve Baker, Howard Huckle, Mike Smith and Kevin Benson (inset).

A year ago today (Friday 19th December 2014), ESA’s Gaia satellite was launched into space from South America by a Soyuz launch vehicle, operated by Arianespace (see a previous MSSL Astro blog for more details). Gaia lifted off at 9.12am UTC (6.12am in French Guiana). On that day, many members of the lab watched the event live on TV and celebrated the successful launch with a champagne breakfast in the MSSL Common Room. A year on and we were back in the MSSL Common Room, celebrating Gaia’s first birthday in space.

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The invisible world of magnetic fields

Hi, my name is Alvina On and I am a final-year PhD student in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group in MSSL. My main research interests are on the evolution and diagnostics of large-scale magnetic fields. In this post, I will talk about some of my work on how magnetic fields evolve in galaxy clusters as the latter form.

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