The MSE International Science Team today began the first steps in developing the science case for MSE and identification of the key science requirements that will define the scientific capabilities of the new facility.
The Science Team has been formed over the past few months by volunteers from the international community of PhD astronomers. Current membership stands at over 60 scientists, including members from Australia, Canada, China, France, Italy, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. A full list of members and their affiliations is available here.
"Its absolutely great to see such enthusiasm from so many of our international colleagues to help develop MSE." said the Project Scientist, Alan McConnachie. "I think its an indication of the pressing need for this type of facility as we enter the next decade of astronomy, whether you are interested in understanding the formation and evolution of nearby stars or distant galaxies and black holes".
Early activities for the science team include the drafting of White Papers highlighting key science areas for future development, prior to the identification of possible "science reference observations" that will define the key capabilities of MSE.