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Trip to Geneva: part 1

CERN entrance

Last weekend I went to Geneva, to visit Ciprian, a friend who is doing an internship at CERN. He also happens to be a frequent reader of my blog :D.

Before joining the darkcomputer science side, I was a wannabe physicist. I went to lots of physics com­pe­ti­tions (and had some good results) and I even applied to the physics department at UBB. But in 12th grade I discovered that pro­gram­ming is also quite fun, and it has a greater payoff, so I decided to go study that. I don't regret this decision, but I still fondly remember the things that I learned from my awesome physics continue.

Harta gravitationala a Pamantului

Aceasta harta este facuta de GOCE, un satelit lansat de ESA in 17 martie 2009, si arata diferenta de nivel dintre geoid si suprafata Pamantului, cu o precizie de 10^-5^ ms^-2^ in variatia campului grav­i­ta­tion­al. GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Cir­cu­la­tion Explorer) este unul din cele sase sateliti Earth Explorer care, asa cum le sugereaza numele, au rolul de a cerceta Pamantul mai detaliat. Ceilalti cinci sateliti Earth Explorer sunt:

  • ADM-Aeolus - care va cerceta evolutia vanturilor pentru a intelege mai bine dinamica atmosferei. Va fi lansat in 2012
  • EarthCARE (Earth Clouds Aerosols and Radiation Explorer) - va masura nivelele de continue.