Lectures and Talks

Frontiers Lecture: Catching a Comet with the Rosetta Spacecraft

Monday, February 2, 2015

Rosetta Comet

The Rosetta space mission is one of the most ambitious ever flown. Launched in 2004, Rosetta finally reached its goal in August 2014 when it became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet. Not only will Rosetta escort and study the comet for more than a year, but its lander, which touched down on the comet in November 2014, has already examined it in greater detail than ever before. This "mission of firsts" has brought scientists along on a journey that is providing new insights about our world and its origin. In this presentation, Dr. Joel Parker, one of the scientists on the Rosetta mission, will take audiences through Rosetta's expedition so far, offer a glimpse of what will happen next, and share the excitement of why we study comets and what they can tell us about the solar system billions of years ago and today.