Welcome to the MSSL Alumni pages.

UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory was formally opened in 1967 following a relocation from the Gower Street site in London. Since then, the department has been training the UK's leading space scientists and engineers across many areas including astrophysics, solar physics, planetary science, climate physics and spacecraft technology. Over 50% of past MSSL PhD students still work in the field in which they did their PhD studies, and many others have found employment in related disciplines.

Today MSSL is the largest university space science group in the UK, with a grade 5 rating in the National Research Assessment Exercise and close relationships with space agencies such as NASA, the European Space Agency and the Chinese Space Agency. From this page you can keep in touch with the space activities in which MSSL is currently involved, view our annual newsletter and find out about the events we run.


Next event

Alumni open day to celebrate MSSL's 40th anniversary
Date: 16th September 2007
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Location: MSSL, Holmbury St. Mary


The BBQ will be available from 1pm and ongoing children's activities will be available in and around the Kid's Tent throughout the afternoon. The new building will also be open all afternoon - feel free to go in and have a look around.

TimeEvent Location
13:00 Barbecue lunchFront Porch
14:00 Welcome: Prof. Alan Smith, DirectorCommon Room/Front Porch
14:05-14:45Talks: 'Celebrating 40 years of MSSL', Prof. Andrew Coates, Deputy Director; 'Current research at MSSL', Prof. Mark Cropper, Deputy DirectorCommon Room
14:05-14:40Talk: 'Are there volcanoes on Venus?' Dr Lucie GreenKids' tent
14:40-15:15Rocket building workshopKids' tent
15:20-16:00Repeat of talks: 'Celebrating 40 years of MSSL', Prof. Andrew Coates, Deputy Director; 'Current research at MSSL', Prof. Mark Cropper, Deputy DirectorCommon Room
15:30-16:00Space and Astronomy Question TimeKids' tent
16:00 TeaFront Porch
16:00-16:40Rocket Launch!Kids' tent
16:40-17:00Talk: 'MSSL - the future': Prof. Alan SmithCommon Room/Front Porch
17:00 Close


The croquet final will now probably be played on Monday 17th.


For the list of participants registered so far, see here.


Attendance is free: let us know that you are coming using the form below, and we'll add you to the list.


Your name

Your e-mail address

Number of adults attending

Number of children attending


For directions to MSSL click here


This page last modified 3 August, 2006 by www@mssl.ucl.ac.uk

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