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Have you hiked on a volcano lately?

25 Sep 2014, 14:34 UTC
Have you hiked on a volcano lately?
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The programme for #SpaceOptics, 7-8 October, to be held in Tenerife, Spain, is now shaping up and this promises to be one of the best SocialSpace gatherings yet!

This two-day event will include in-depth briefings from top ESA experts on Space Situational Awareness, the search for near-Earth objects, Europe’s new asteroid-hunting automated telescopes, space debris mitigation and remediation, high-speed laser communications and future planetary mission instrument technology.
The event also includes hands-on observing at ESA’s Optical Ground Station at the Teide Observatory – and that's where the bit about a volcano comes in! Don't worry; we won't ask you to hike up the volcano – we'll have a bus for that... :-). But you will have a chance to do a bit of hiking across one when we visit (on Day 2), the Mt. Teide Observatory, which belongs to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and which sits 2400 m above the sea at one of Europe's best locations for astronomical work!
I'll provide more details on Day 2 below (and the trip does involve some warnings/advisories) but first let's look at how Day 1 of #SpaceOptics is shaping up.

Sheraton La Caleta, venue for ICSO 2014 & SocialSpace ...

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