NEWS & EDITORIAL Four missions RAS recruits Executive g fi ht for approval Director from IOP EXPLORATION NASA has chosen CAESAR and Dragony fl as final - STAFF The Royal Astronomical ists for a New Frontiers mission to Society welcomes new Executive launch in the mid-2020s. CAESAR Director Philip Diamond, who (Comet Astrobiology Exploration took up the role at the beginning Sample Return) is a mission to of January this year. collect and return a sample from Outreach in Prof. Diamond has a lifelong the comet 67P/Churyumov– interest in physics, latterly work- Gerasimenko, the comet explored focus ing for the Institute of Physics as by the ESA’s Rosetta mission. associate director for policy and Dragony fl is a mission to explore EDITORIAL Outreach is a programmes. Saturn’s moon Titan using drone- growing field in astronomy and In an interview in this issue like rotorcraft, focusing on pre- geophysics, a career option of A&G, he talks of his enthusi- New Executive Director Philip Diamond. biotic chemistry and habitability asm for the RAS sciences, their at multiple sites. After concept in itself, but also part of the cultural signic fi ance and the RAS Fellows as our bicentenary development, during 2018, one of job for many people working heritage of the Society, as well approaches. Read more in his these missions will be selected to in academia, education and as the prospect of harnessing Q&A on page 1.43. go ahead, in spring 2019. industry. This issue of A&G has a the creativity and energy of http://bit.ly/2EnzV7w Two other mission proposals bit of an outreach focus. were selected for technology You can read about a development, to prepare them for searchable online database future competition. The Encela- A place in space for experiments about the history of astronomy, dus Life Signatures and Habit- MIcROGRA v ITy Are you working and industry-led commercial ability (ELSAH) mission concept making our often entertaining in a e fi ld where experiments on research proposals. “This will examine cost-effective heritage accessible to all. Or board the International Space programme gives UK research- techniques to limit spacecraft about resources to help teachers Station would make a differ- ers and businesses the chance contamination, making life- enthuse pupils about solar- ence? If so, now is the time to to do real science in space,” said detection measurements possible system exploration, using the apply. The UK Space Agency is Libby Jackson, human spaceflight on missions with strict cost caps. real-life robots on Mars, at the seeking ideas for experiments in and microgravity programme The techniques should be appli- same time highlighting the role microgravity, with a deadline of manager at UKSA. “Micrograv- cable to the many ocean worlds in of the UK space industry. And 28 February. ity provides a unique facility for outer planet systems. The Venus UKSA will then seek detailed scientic fi research, allowing us In situ Composition Investiga- we have the Tactile Universe, proposals and nominate selected to gain new knowledge that will tions (VICI) mission concept will working out unconventional experiments for flight on the ISS improve life on Earth.” enhance the Venus Element and but effective ways to share the as UK National Projects within Previous experiments with UK Mineralogy Camera to operate information and excitement the ESA’s European Exploration involvement have created new on the surface of Venus. The of astronomy with those with Enveloped Programme. Ideas are metal alloys, studied micro- camera uses lasers to measure the visual impairments. You can also welcomed from all UK organiza- organisms and analysed changes composition and mineralogy of n fi d out about the effectiveness tions, including university-led to the human voice. venusian surface rocks. academic research proposals http://bit.ly/2CkU7t8 http://planetarymissions.nasa.gov of outreach as discussed at a session at EWASS last year – and get ready for this year’s meeting. Back to the Moon The RAS 200 outreach projects share with the Tactile Universe – then to Mars? the focus on astronomy and geophysics from a dier ff ent FUNDING US President Donald Trump has signaled a refocus- angle, often using our sciences to ing of US space policy on human support wider learning, develop exploration and discovery, by confidence or as a cultural asset signing Space Policy Directive 1 – see page 1.9 for examples. on 11 December 2017. The direc- These 12 projects are running tive calls for NASA to lead a com- across the UK and in Ireland bined government, commercial and South Africa; they cover all and international effort to return aspects of RAS sciences and people to the Moon, laying the foundation for further explora- they are looking for help from tion of the solar system. Fellows. So, if you need a new The new approach, which at President Trump signing the Space Policy Directive 1. (NASA/A Gemignani) challenge and would like to put the same time brings to an end your skills to use in a dier ff ent NASA’s programme to send president’s directive strategi- will dream even bigger and way, then tell RAS 200 what you astronauts to visit an asteroid, cally aligning our work to return reach higher as we launch chal- have to oer a ff nd we’ll find you was recommended by the humans to the Moon, travel to lenging new missions, and make a role supporting our partner National Space Council, a body Mars and opening the deeper new discoveries and techno- organizations. revived earlier this year in order solar system beyond,” said acting logical breakthroughs on this to advise the president. “NASA NASA administrator Robert dynamic path.” Sue Bowler, Editor looks forward to supporting the Lightfoot. “The next generation http://go.nasa.gov/2nQIROE 1.4 A&G • February 2018 • Vol. 59 • aandg.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article-abstract/59/1/1.4/4804265 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 March 2018
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