Welcome Home, Sam! A welcome home reception for Sam Durrance and scientists on the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope team will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Schafler Auditorium at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, on the Homewood campus. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Durrance, a Hopkins astrophysicist, was on the space shuttle Endeavour during the historic 16 and a half day Astro-2 mission. As a payload specialist, he operated Astro-2's three ultraviolet telescopes, one of which was HUT, designed and built by scientists at Hopkins and the Applied Physics Laboratory. He will talk about the space observatory and present slides and a video taken during the mission. Astrophysicist Arthur Davidsen, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, also will discuss the mission. Dr. Davidsen headed the HUT project and conceived of the idea in the late 1970s. Endeavour returned to Earth on March 18. Scientists are now analyzing the large amount of data they collected with HUT and will publish their findings in the years to come. A special session for Astro-2 research has been scheduled for a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in June.
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