DPS 2005, Cambridge, UK

Education and Outreach

Entry is free to all events listed below, but as space is limited admission is by ticket only, which will be issued on a "first come first served" basis. It is essential to book in advance for the Schools Event, and advisable to do so for the Public Lecture and Public Debate. If you would like to attend please complete and return a Ticket Request as soon as possible.

Monday 5 September 2005, 8.00pm
Public Lecture: Touchdown on Titan by Prof. John Zarnecki (Open University)
University Music School, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
(Space Exhibition in nearby Law Faculty open from 6.30pm)
(suitable for ages 14+)

In January 2005 scientists involved in the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission were ecstatic to learn that the Huygens probe had successfully descended through the atmosphere and arrived on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Professor Zarnecki is Principal Investigator of the Surface Science Package on Huygens and he will describe what has been learnt of this the only moon in the solar system known to have clouds and a thick planet-like atmosphere.

Tuesday 6 September 2005, 8.00pm for 8.30pm
Public Debate: Human Space Exploration - Is there a Scientific Case?
The Auditorium, Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN
(suitable for age 16+)

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has established a commission to review the scientific case for human space exploration, focusing on astronomy and geophysics. The aim of this discussion is to weigh the scientific arguments for human and robotic exploration objectively. Many people will agree that there is in principle a place for both. The question is, under what circumstances is each most desirable. The discussion will be chaired by Prof. Frank Close (University of Oxford). The principal speakers will be Dr. Ian Crawford (University College and Birkbeck College, London), Dr. Andrew Coates (Mullard Space Science Laboratory), Prof. Steve Squyres (Cornell University) and Dr. Torrence Johnson (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Thursday 8 September 2005, 11.00am
Schools' Event: Space Odyssey by Dr. Chris Riley (BBC)
Faculty of Law, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ
(Space Exhibition open from 10.00am)
(Target audience is Y9 and Y10, but other students in KS3 or KS4 are welcome)

Join the BBC's Space Odyssey producer and former planetary scientist Dr Chris Riley on a whistle-stop tour of the Solar System to uncover some of the science behind this blockbuster BBC-1 series. Find out how our robotic explorers have survived the extreme environments they've encountered on our neighbouring planets to push the limits of human exploration to new frontiers.

If you have any queries about any of the events above, please contact Margaret Penston