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The Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2020

 

The Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2020 is awarded to Roger D Blandford for his foundational contributions to theoretical astrophysics, especially concerning the fundamental understanding of active galactic nuclei, the formation and collimation of relativistic jets, the energy extraction mechanism from black holes, and the acceleration of particles in shocks and their relevant radiation mechanisms.

To present the scientific achievements of the Shaw Laureate, a special exhibition titled "The Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2020" is displayed at the foyer of the Hong Kong Space Museum. Admission is free.

Place: Foyer of the Hong Kong Space Museum
Period: On display until 28 December 2020
Time: Please find the opening hours of the Museum
Details: Please see the page The Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2020
Free admission

 

Mars 2020 Rover - Perseverance

 

Following the respective landing of the "Curiosity" rover and "InSight" lander on Mars in 2012 and 2018, NASA is going to launch a rocket between July and August 2020 to take the "Perseverance" rover to Mars for its "Mars 2020" mission. The science objectives include: seeking any possible signs of ancient life; trying to produce oxygen from the atmospheric carbon dioxide; collecting and storing samples of rocks and soil, etc. Moreover, the mission includes flying a robotic helicopter on Mars for the first time to demonstrate the technology of airborne scouting and to prepare for the exploration of other planets in the future.

The Hong Kong Space Museum will stage a special exhibition at the foyer to review on past missions, to explore the red planet with special emphasis on the features, science goals and the latest updates of the "Mars 2020" mission.

Place: Foyer of the Hong Kong Space Museum
Period: 1 July – 31 December 2020
Time: Please find the opening hours of the Museum
Details: Please see the page Mars 2020 Rover - Perseverance
Free admission