Exploring the universe and watching TV with robots

Interactive talk as part of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014

Image of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter being built. Credit: NASA/JPL

Event details

Images of space are everywhere. New discoveries are being made each year about planets, galaxies, and the early Universe. Many of these discoveries are made using robotic spacecraft sent out into the Solar System. Similar technology allows us to beam telephone conversations, data and TV broadcasts around the world; monitor the weather on Earth from space; spy on each other; and navigate around the world with GPS. But how do they work? Do modern satellites have anything in common with the very first artificial satellites? What happens when they breakdown or get themselves into trouble? This event will change your view of rocket science, taking in subjects as wide as rockets, software, radio and navigating in space, with live demos.

Dr Chris Arridge is a space scientist and Royal Society University Research Fellow at University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory. His research is focused on the giant planets in our Solar System and is involved in the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its largest moon Titan, and the JUICE mission to Jupiter and its largest moon Ganymede. When he isn't studying the planets he reads, runs, cooks and dances. You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisarridge.

This events is suitable for adults and children 14 years old and over.

Attending this event

This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6.15pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Exploring the universe and watching TV with robots 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

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