A large and complex
space mission such as Herschel requires the collaboration
of the brightest and most experienced scientists from
many countries. The SPIRE
instrument team in England is in fact a group of less
than ten people; therefore getting expert help is
critical. Many partner institutions from Europe and
North America work together on SPIRE. All countries
involved in the Herschel mission contribute staff
to the instrument test and control teams. Canada funds
two positions at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories
in England, where the SPIRE instrument is assembled
The international nature of the mission creates great
opportunities for students from the University
of Lethbridge, allowing them first-hand experience
with a space project. Two graduate students spent
six months in England at the SPIRE verification facility
in the first half of 2004. Summer and co-op students
at the University of Lethbridge are involved in problem
solving for the SPIRE project on a regular basis.
with the SPIRE project.
students Locke Spencer (left) and John
Lindner spent 6 months at the SPIRE test lab in the UK.