Spectroscopy, Climate and Habitability from Orbital Measurement of Earthshine
Latest News 17th September Well the final proposal has been given in. I think it turned out rather well, so good job everyone! Now it's all in the hands of the judging panel, lets hope they like it. Roll on the 3rd October........
Latest News 15th July Following the recent visit to SSTL, everyone has been busy discussing the proposal and finshing ideas to correct some design flaws. Each design flaw is being addressed in individual threads on the Space Experiment private board.
Latest News 30th March The Schome team has been chosen as one of 6 finalists to develop their ideas further with Surrey Satellite Ltd!!!! WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT! This will involve at least one trip to the company to meet engineers and discuss how to improve the experiment. We then have to adjust our proposal to meet their requirements for the new deadline (August). In September one of the six finalists will be chosen as the winner of the competition and the chosen experiment will be built and launched! We are one step closer to "Schome in Space"!
In order to get a date for when we can visit Surrey Satellite, please mark off the dates you can't make here. Currently, the best dates seem to be 19th-29th June and 20th-25th July.
Background The space team on Schome Park developed a proposal to launch a real-life satellite to observe the spectrum of the Earth from Earthshine and determine what makes it suitable for supporting life (i.e. presence of water, oxygen etc). Download a pdf version of the proposal from here
The findings from this mission can be related to the findings from future missions to planets outside our solar system (exoplanets), using the Earthshine findings as a reference and the findings can be used to create a model of the potential for the development of life on an exoplanet (using the life markers found in the Earth’s spectrum).
The Proposal is coming along with leaps and bounds!
The poll closed on the name, it is officially called: SCHOME: Spectroscopy, Climate and Habitability from Orbital Measurement of Earthshine.
Next meeting 18th February in the Japanese Garden at 7:30pm.
New experiment is added to the Poll, you can change your vote if you want to....
In December, the British National Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd announced a competition open to UK students 14 - 18 years old to design a sensor or experiment to fly on a satellite . The satellite will fly in low Earth orbit. The experiment has a max weight of 1kg and will have a development and build budget of no more than £100,000. The winning propsal will be developed by Surrey Satellite engineers and actually launched in 2010!
On the forum thread the following experiments were proposed by various members of the Schome community:
(1) Investigate the accuracy of theories involving modified gravity as compared to dark matter.
Team voted for an experiment to measure Earthshine
3rd October - IAC, Glasgow where the competition winner will be announced.
We are looking for Schomers to take part in this group project and meet new people on the island. Sparkers interested are also welcome to contribute their knowledge and experience. The team needs Schomers:
- enthusiastic about building/designing stuff (this shouldn't be a problem bearing in mind the island prim count!!!!)
- that are interested in science and conducting experiments to help come up with a space experiment
- to make schematics/diagrams of the proposed design - any Schomers good at graphic design out there?!
- that actually know web stuff to make this page look professional and kept up to date (clearly my ability is somewhat limiting!!!!)
- to conduct web research into current space experiment
- to come up with a team name, brand and logo. Also a name for the experiment! Again help from those good at art/graphics desing would be fab for the logo!!!!
Current team members:
Kali Schomer - proposal Introduction: what is the Schome community etc. Future/present exoplanet missions. Poster section: applications of our instrument/rationale.
Topper Schomer: Poster introduction
Explo Schomer - Proposal: Spectral signatures of key molecules...what will we be looking for and why?
Marko Schomer - Proposal: Earthshine spectrum - What is it, what does it mean.
Decimus Schomer - technical drawing of Earthshine, contribution to rationale. Poster: what we will measure.
Baso Schomer - Logo ideas? Poster section: instrumentation.
Spiral Schome - Postr section: instrumentation.
KitKatKid Schomer - participant in discussions. Marsbar9 Schomer - Space Experiment wiki page design. Logo ideas. Poster design, proposal template. (anyone else add your name here)
Gaea Sparker - can advise on Earth sciences and chemistry, space mission protocols, has experience of designing experiments for space flight.
Faji Bing - can advise on physics, astrophysics and astronomy.
Technomancer SParker - our very own exoplanet expert!
(any other staff wanting to get involved add your name here including areas you can contribute to)