A few days ago, Gil de Paz, Zamorano and Gallego GUAIX researchers carried out a detailed visit to the Laboratorio de instrumentación espacial (LINES) of INTA headquarters in Torrejón (Madrid).
The visitors were kindly received by Drs. M.D. Sabau and T. Belenguer. The superb capabilities and quality of the LINES shops were the subject of the meeting, where future UCM/INTA coordinated projects were addressed.
The image show the researchers visiting the clean lab where special clean-lab clothing and shoes have to be put.
Guillermo Barro and Pablo G. Pérez-González have travelled to the Observatory of the Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique (IRAM) in Pico Veleta (Granada, Spain) to carry out observations of distant star-forming galaxies at radio wavelengths (1.2 mm) using the MAMBO2 instrument on the 30 meter telescope.
Although it is possible to observe astronomical objects during the day at radio wavelengths, Guillermo and Pablo are only using the telescope at night because the observatory staff is installing a new instrument (EMIR) at daytime.
Given that Pico Veleta is completely covered by snow at this time of the year, the UCM astronomers had to travel to the mountain (3000 m high) with an special snow transport. They will stay there for an entire week and then return home to analyze the data and learn about the formation of galaxies in the young Universe.
The II General Meeting of the ASTRID project was held last February 18th, at the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid). Thirty five scientists of seven different research institutions from Madrid attended to the meeting, as well as several agents from private partners associated to the ASTRID project. The goals of the meeting were to inform to the project members about all the activities developed in the project, and to identify and start new collaboration lines between the different research groups involved in the project.
After the successful pilot program in 2008, the IScAI will officially start in 2009. IScAI-2009 offers an intensive programme of courses and laboratory work in key areas related to the design and construction of scientific instrumentation. The laboratory work will be done at various research institutions and high-tech companies with world-class instrumentation programs in Europe and America.
IScAI-2009 is open to astronomers, physicists and engineers world-wide.
The web page can be found at http://www.iscai.iac.es/iscai/
The images show the lens holder prototype for the FRIDA collimator, developed at CIDESI (Mexico). The whole structure is ready to be tested inside Colibrí, a cryostat specially designed for measuring the response of each one of the different FRIDA elements to cryogenic conditions.