Space researcher from Kiel receives the International Cooperation Zhongguancun Award 2020 by the city of Beijing

Accolade for research work on lunar radiation

Professor Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber has received the International Cooperation Zhongguancun Award 2020 by the city of Beijing. The astrophysicist received this award for Kiel’s contribution to the Chinese mission to the moon, Chang‘E 4. Together with his team, he developed and built the Lunar Lander Neutron and Dosimetry (LND) instrument at Kiel University (CAU). It has been measuring radiation levels on the moon since the start of 2019, because the radiation there represents a serious hazard for future manned moon bases. It was possible to measure this radiation precisely for the first time using this instrument. The Beijing Science and Technology Award 2020 was announced at the Zhongguancun Forum on 25 September. 150 achievements and 14 individual scientists - six of whom are international researchers - received awards. “This is a wonderful recognition of our team’s excellent work and of the good cooperation with our Chinese colleagues,” said Professor Wimmer-Schweingruber.

 

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Portrait photo of Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber.
© Jürgen Haacks, Uni Kiel

Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber received the International Cooperation Zhongguancun Award 2020 from the city of Beijing for his research on lunar radiation.

The LND in the laboratory in Kiel before the launch.
© Stefan Kolbe, Uni Kiel

The LND in the laboratory in Kiel before the launch.

Scientific contact:

Prof. Dr.Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber
Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics
 +49 (0)431/880-3964
wimmer@physik.uni-kiel.de