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Rosetta: To Catch a Comet!
Wed 16 March 2016, 18:00 – 20:30 GMT
Professor Mark McCaughrean will be delivering this exciting public lecture on Wednesday 16 March 2016. Everyone is welcome join this open event.
Venues and information
Main venue: Forum Alumni Auditorium, Streatham Campus
Video link: Daphne du Maurier Lecture Theatre A, Penryn Campus
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18.00 - doors open
18.30 - talk starts (including a Q&A)
19.45 - drinks reception
20.30 - end of event
About the presentation
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured the imagination of the world in 2014, as it rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and deployed a lander, Philae, to its surface.
In this talk, Mark will give a behind-the-scenes view of the mission, its history, the 10-year journey to reach the comet, and the exciting events that have been taking place there.
He'll talk about some of the challenges and risks involved in the mission, and give some idea of what scientists are finding as they unlock this treasure chest of information about the formation of our solar system, the origins of water and perhaps even life on Earth.
And to end, a look forward to the final phases of the mission, now that Rosetta, Philae, and the comet are past their closest approach to the Sun and heading back out into the cold.
Biography: Professor Mark McCaughrean
Professor Mark McCaughrean works for the European Space Agency, where he is the Senior Scientific Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration, responsible for communicating the scientific results from ESA's astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions. Following his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1988, he has worked in the UK, the US, Germany, and the Netherlands. His personal research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems using state-of-the-art ground- and space-based telescopes. He is an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Science Working Group for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.