From the spacEurope ages, there was a presence who marked the difference for the good will with which always replied to every solicitation, including the fact of making himself available to answer a set of questions posed directly by the readers.
That man was Malcolm Fridlund, ESA COROT Project Scientist.
For the inner interest of the mission itself but mostly for the reasons presented above, Fridlund was one of the first I have thought about to invite to be a regular visitor to this new home, with the announcement, already this month, of the discovery of the COROT-Exo-7b, the smallest terrestrial planet ever detected outside the Solar System, with a diameter less than twice that of Earth (1.7 Earth radii), no other person would be in a better place to tell us something about this new find.
So…we have good news…Malcolm accepted BEYOND THE CRADLE invitation and we will be able to read him at this blog giving us insights about COROT, what the mission has achieved, what work is currently being done, and expectations about what surprises might the future still bring.
Fridlund asked us only to wait a few weeks until his first chronicle since the first paper for COROT-Exo-7b (depicted in the illustration on the right) has been submitted only last night and the team is still working on the data for the radial velocity observations. COROT Project Scientist promised that when the RV paper is submitted he’ll have “something pretty” written for BEYOND THE CRADLE readers.
There we have some promising reading ahead…only something left to say…
Welcome dear Malcolm!