McMurry University Physics Professor Dr. Wayne Keith
ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University Physics Professor Dr. Wayne Keith attended a meeting on March 9-11 of the PEACE instrument team, which is a part of the international Cluster satellite mission. The meeting was held at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory of the University College of London. MSSL is located in rural Surry, about 40 miles southwest of London. The PEACE instrument measures electrons, and along with many other scientific instruments on the four Cluster spacecraft, has been studying the interactions of the solar wind and the Earth’s magnetic field for the past decade. During the meeting, Dr. Keith gave a presentation entitled “Drift-corrected CIS Pitch Angle Data for Cluster and DMSP Conjunctions in the Cusps”. On the Monday and Friday prior to and following the meeting, Keith visited several museums in the London area and viewed numerous important artifacts to the history of science, including the Rosetta Stone, the world’s oldest steam engine, the cathode ray tube with which J. J. Thompson first measured the charge to mass ratio of an electron, the first plane to fly nonstop across the Atlantic, telescopes built by Sir William Herschel and one of the first heliocentric mechanical models of the Solar System.