Rocket inauguration

Rocket inauguration at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics EISCAT Kiruna staff participated in the inauguration of the rocket, Centaure 2B, that Esrange Space Center has "lent out" to the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF). The rocket and the rocket launcher were first inaugurated by the former director of the institute, Professor Emeritus Bengt Hultqvist, 50 years ago. Bengt Hultqvist, now turning ninety, was in honor of his work for the institute and the space research in Kiruna and Sweden, invited to inaugurate the rocket once more. The present director of the IRF, Stas Barabash, and the director of Esrange Space Center, Lennart Poromaa held short speeches. Bengt talked a little of his work and of his first inauguration of this rocket and then crushed the traditional champagne bottle on the rocket, as he once did 50 years earlier. Afterwards the staff of IRF and EISCAT Scientific Association, and other participants, were invited for a lunch in the open. The chef of IRF and his assistants treated the lunch...
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Asteroid gets the name Wannberg

11807 Wannberg Asta Pellinen-Wannberg gets an asteroid named after her. Motivation: Asta Pellinen-Wannberg (b. 1953) is a Swedish geophysicist and astronomer at Umeå University known for radar observation of meteors. She studies interaction of small meteoroids with the atmosphere using high-power large-aperture radars. "Asta Pellinen-Wannberg was the first scientist in the world to use big scatter radar to study meteors, triggered by small particles from space, penetrating the atmosphere. Together with Gudmund Wannberg, then, Technical Manager and Deputy Director of the EISCAT radar facility, as well as Teacher at Umeå University, they discovered by accident in December 1990 that meteors could be systematically studied with the EISCAT radar. This work is now rewarded and it is nice that the asteroid is wearing the pioneers' common surname. - forskingn.se (latest 2017-05-09) About the asteroid: Earlier, the Asteroid 1981 was called EH17 - and now 11807 Wannberg. The asteroid was discovered on March 1, 1981 by an astronomer named S.J. Bus at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. It moves within...
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Svalbard

Assar held a talk about Svalbard Assar works at the Headquarters in Kiruna. He recently returned form Svalbard, where he has been working on our radar site for the last couple of years. Today Assar held a talk about Svalbard. Svalbard is a very special place in many ways. The archipelago belongs to Norway, but through a treaty: Spetsbergtraktaten, Svalbard is open for the Treaty Member States to pursue business activities, hunting and fishing there. It is a interesting place for space science due to it's location near the north pole.   ...
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March for Science

Mike marched for science In support of scientists all over the world Mike participated in The Science March last Saturday. Together with several hundred people Mike marched against fake news and reduced funding for research. The march in Tromsø was just one of about 600 marches worldwide to defend knowledge, independent research and fearless communication of scientific research. All over the world we see the dangerous effects of mistrust in science and with this march we show that we do not accept this. Science is science, facts are facts. Science is not an opinion.     ...
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EISCAT Peer-reviewed Program experiments

Introduction EISCAT Scientific Association invites applications for observing time on the EISCAT facilities in 2017, by individual scientists, research groups, and consortia throughout the world on equal, competitive basis. This opportunity opens in total 200 h of experiment time for international, peer-reviewed competition, and is available for the use of any of the current EISCAT facilities. Successful applicants will be awarded time on the facilities based on the scientific merit of their applications. Assistance with observing programs and data analysis will be provided. Please, if you are unfamiliar with EISCAT, contact us via the email address given below, and we will be happy to assist you, by advising you on the technical aspects of your proposal. We welcome applications both by young and established researchers. Submissions Applications for EISCAT PP time should be sent to Dr. Ingemar Häggström, by email to: ingemar.haggstrom@eiscat.se, to arrive no later than at 24:00 UTC on the submission deadline date. A confirmation of reception will be sent to the...
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Kiruna Snow Festival

Last weekend in January When the light returns and the cold is biting the skin the people of Kiruna celebrate the snow and the winter with a Snow festival. During the Snowfestival you are able to take part in the rich culture of Kiruna, everything from snow-sculptures, painting exhibitions and snowblower race to kid’s playgrounds designed by snow. Everything is connected to snow. But it is are also a Space Fair; The movie theatre show space movies and the space organizations in Kiruna have displays of their activities.  EISCAT participated with a showcase stand, to let people know what we are and what we do.  The fair is well attended and a great way for us to reach out  to the community in Kiruna....
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Millions for scientists

Millions for scientists

Three young scientist Trond Mohn was personally present when three "outstanding young researchers" received between 11 and 12 million to their research projects. Mohn confirms that this is not the last time he supports UiT financially. In 2007 Trond Mohn founded Tromsø Forskningsstiftelse, with the purpose to support research and research-promoting measures at UiT. The three scientists: Shona Wood, Kathrin H. Hopmann og Juha Vierinen, all receive four year scholarships of between 11 and 12 million NOK. Trond Mohn was personally present to issue the scholarships. Wood's project discusses "epigenetic light" Hopmann's has the title: "Sustainable catalysts for homogeneous CO? conversion" Vierinen's project is titeled: "Radar Science with EISCAT 3D" Juha Vierinen describes the scholarship as the best that has happend in his carrier. –  This means that instead of doing all the work by my self, I can include students and will get a lot more done, Juha says. –  This is great for me as well for the project.   Read the full article in Norwegian here: http://www.itromso.no/nyheter/2016/12/12/Mohn-millioner-til-tre-unge-forskere-13919999.ece Google Translate    ...
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