Rymdveckan, Space Week
​Chalmers celebrates 50 years since Apollo 11 at West Sweden's first Space Week (Rymdveckan)​​
Photo: ​NASA.

Galaxies, glaciers and black holes – Chalmers celebrates Space Week

​It’s 50 years since the first moon landing, and West Sweden’s first ever Space Week (September 14–22) celebrates the anniversary in style. Chalmers is inviting schools and the public to events featuring galaxies and glaciers, climate and black holes – and international guest professors.
When astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their first steps on the moon, they captured the moment with technology from Gothenburg in the form of Hasselblad cameras.
 
Now Chalmers and the Hasselblad Foundation are among the organizers for West Sweden’s first Space Week, Rymdveckan in Swedish. The Space Week runs from 14–22 September 2019 and Chalmers is hosting many of the events in the festival’s packed program.
 
 
International guest professors 
 
In a program funded by the Hasselblad Foundation, Chalmers is hosting five international guest professors in space-related research. Four of the professors will visit Gothenburg and West Sweden during Space Week.
 
On September 18, professors Dimitra Rigopoulou (University of Oxford, UK) and Jim Davis (Columbia University, USA) take the stage at Chalmers at the lunchtime event Glaciers and galaxies. They’ll report on the latest from their research fields, about Earth's ice seen from space and about the galaxies that are the most extreme star factories in the universe.
 
On Saturday September 21, you can join a free bus tour to the Onsala Space Observatory and its giant radio telescopes. Guest professors Mark Birkinshaw and Jim Davis will be there to present their research on Spacetime and the dark side of the universe and Measuring sea level rise with space technology, respectively. Tickets for the bus tours are available from September 1.
 
Professor Paola Caselli, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, will also be taking part in events at Chalmers during the week. The fifth guest professor is geophysicist Matt King from the University of Tasmania, Australia.
 
New visitor center in Onsala announced
 
What are the challenges in space exploration today, and what technology do we need? During the Space Week, Chalmers will announce an exciting new project aimed at making space science accessible to schools and the public.
 
Chalmers will build a new visitor center at Onsala Space Observatory, already known for its spectacular telescopes and its activities for schools and the public. On Thursday September 19 a ceremony will be held for invited guests in Onsala. Plans for the building – to be built in an innovative and sustainable way – will be announced during the Space Week.
 
Young people to explore climate and black holes
 
School classes are being invited to connect with Chalmers’ very latest space research at two special workshops. At the first (Rymdskolan klimat och MATS), younger high school students get to discover Earth's atmosphere and climate science with Sweden's next science satellite, MATS. In the second workshop (Rymdskolan svarta hål) older high school students will investigate gravity and find out first hand how to actually take a picture of a black hole. Participants include Michael Lindqvist, astronomer at Chalmers and member of the research project Event Horizon Telescope, which earlier this year was able to show the first ever pictures of a black hole (image). Applications for the workshops closed on September 1.

Movie night with Apollo 11 

The critically acclaimed documentary feature film Apollo 11 will be shown at Chalmers on 17 September.  Before the film, Gothenburg company Cobham Gaisler will present their space-qualified processor LEON/SPARC which was developed at Chalmers and has gone on to be used in many space projects, among them a lunar mission.​
 
Mars tech competit​ion for schools
 
This year's Tekniktävling (Technology competition) for Year 6 starts on September 16 with space as its theme. Titled “When will astronauts land on Mars?”, students will get the job of planning and building a research station on Mars – and to compete for a trophy. The competition is coordinated by Chalmers.
 
Meet Chalmers space scientists at Universeum
 
Space researchers and astronomers from Chalmers will attend many events during the Space Week. At science centre Universeum in Gothenburg eight Chalmers researchers are featured in a programme of talks to complements the centre’s new exhibition Rymdresan, about the latest space research and its applications. Discover more about climate and clouds, giant stars and dwarf stars, life on other planets, satellite navigation and its unexpected applications, and what galaxies far, far away can tell us about our own Milky Way.
 
Chalmers scientists are also participating in Astronomy on Tap, organised for the second time in Gothenburg, on Tuesday 17 September, with new planets, life in space and black holes on the agenda.
 
More during the Space Week 
 
Science centre Universeum, which is supported by Chalmers, premieres its new exhibition Rymdresan, which will be inaugurated on September 13 by Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research.

Alfons Åbergs kulturhus houses a variety of activities for kids. Its program “In space with Alfons Åberg” (he's known as Alfie Atkins in Englishis a collaboration with Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg with the support of the Hasselblad Foundation. On September 16, there will be a seminar on space from a sustainable perspective at Dome of Visions. The Dome of Visions is a collaboration between NCC, Chalmers, AB Volvo and Lindholmen Science Park.
 
 
Contacts:
 
Robert Cumming, communicator, Onsala Space Observatory, robert.cumming@chalmers.se, 070 4933114, 031 772 5500
Andri Spilker, PhD student in astronomy, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, andri.spilker@chalmers.se
Christian Löwhagen, communicator, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, 072-9613940, 031 772 2157
 
 
More about Space Week events
 
For more information about events during Space Week, see www.rymdveckan.se.
 
 
Images:
 
A (top) In July 1969, astronauts on the Moon captured epoch-making images with the help of camera technology from West Sweden. This year, West Sweden’s first Space Week is celebrated between September 14 and 22.
Background image: NASA. 
 
B: During the Space Week, Chalmers welcomes international guest professors in astronomy and earth science. Public talks on September 18 feature Dimitra Rigopoulou (Oxford) and Jim Davis (Columbia) on distant galaxies and how the Earth's ice is studied from space.
Background images:: NASA Earth Observatory / J. Allen / Landsat / USGS (Alaska Spin Glacier, source); NRAO / AUI / NSF, B. Saxton: ALMA (ESO / NAOJ / NRAO); NASA / Hubble (spiral galaxy M74; source)
 
C: The first direct image of a black hole. This image of the black hole in the galaxy M 87 was made using interlinked radio telescopes the technique interferometry. During the Space Week, the image will be featured at the Rymdskolan svarta hål workshop September 18 and when Chalmers astronomer Michael Lindqvist’s talk at Universeum on September 20.
Image: Event Horizon Telescope

Published: Wed 04 Sep 2019. Modified: Thu 05 Sep 2019