Tuesday, December 4, 2012

AGU day 2- the Press Conference

Good Morning, bright and early today we have the Van Allen Probe Press Conference. This is the first time I've gone to a science press conference and it's actually really interesting. It's somewhere between a general science talk and a news report. I have to say, it's very weird to see some of these guys all dressed up in suits and ties. Scientists tend to be more relaxed, not always, but it's quiet common to see the most distinguished scientist in a group in jeans, old sneakers, and a t-shirt. Anyway, back to the science. The AGU has a live web stream of the different press conferences, but I'm not sure if they have the videos up for all the previous press conferences. They do have PDFs of all the ones so far which can be found here.

Of course one of the highlights was when they played the Chorus waves recorded from the probes. If you want to see/hear more visit the Iowa website! They have a whole bunch of "Sounds Of The Magnetosphere". Dan Baker may have had the really pretty movies, but Craig Kletzing seems to have gotten the most questions because of these wonderful "alien birds"

Day 2 is off to a good start. And now it's time to find some more coffee!

Sorry for the bad photos, not that great of light... or perhaps it's the photographer.