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UK to design new instrument to measure climate change and study star formation in space

last modified Nov 01, 2017 02:54 PM
UK scientists will play a key role in designing a new instrument to sit on board the International Space Station (ISS). The instrument will not only monitor the effects of climate change on the Earth’s atmosphere but will also help us to better understand the origins of stars and planets.

TARDiS (Terahertz Atmospheric/Astrophysics Radiation Detection in Space) would measure the present state oxygen atoms of the uppermost atmosphere, and present new insights on how the composition of the atmosphere is affected by climate change. The project will also take images of deep space, tracing the birth and evolution of the stars and planets.

A team of researchers from across the UK will work together to design a satellite payload, which will be designed to fit on board the Bartolomeo platform of the ISS and could advance our understanding of earth observations and astronomy. The instrument will be designed to measure the emitted radiation from oxygen atoms in the upper atmosphere and the interstellar medium using Terahertz remote sensing.

The work will be led jointly by the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space facility and Oxford’s Department of Physics, with collaboration from the Open University, University of Leeds, University College London, STAR Dundee and Airbus UK.

 

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