• Question: Which is your favourite country to do experiments in? :()

    Asked by mcot to Adam, Catherine, Karen, Leila, Nazim on 19 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Karen Masters

      Karen Masters answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I’m very fond of the 200 inch telescope on Mount Palomar (which is in California in the US). That was the first big optical telescope I ever used. 🙂

    • Photo: Adam Stevens

      Adam Stevens answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I’ve only ever done them in the UK. My science is not well travelled!

    • Photo: Leila Battison

      Leila Battison answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I’ve done science in a few countries, but I’d love to go and try out all the countries before I decided.

      So far, my favourite country has definitely been Madagascar – I slept in a hammock in a tree that i shared with some lemurs, and the weather was always lovely!

    • Photo: Nazim Bharmal

      Nazim Bharmal answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Well, England is quite good (when I go abroad I have to take Marmite, tea, and sometimes even chocolate).

      But I do enjoy working in Spain because the mountain where the observatory is can be very peaceful and quiet so it is a good place to do thinking (when I have time!) plus the weather is often nice without being too hot. The altitude is also low, about the same air pressure as in an airplane, so unlike the observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, I don’t find it difficult to think because of low oxygen levels.