HAO Colloquium - Joel Parker, SWRI

The Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: If you can't Bring the Comet to the Lab, Bring the Lab to The Comet

Rosetta is not only the first mission to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it also carried along a companion payload, Philae, which was the first spacecraft to land on a comet.  The main Rosetta spacecraft spent more than two years escorting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, studying it up close through the active phase of the comet's orbit around perihelion.  Rosetta and Philae brought a wide array of instruments for this endeavor: cameras and spectrographs covering wavelengths from the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared though the microwave and radio, as well as dust analyzers, mass spectrometers, particle and field instruments, and even hammers, ice screws, and harpoons.  I will give an overview of the mission and discuss some of the results obtained so far from the treasure trove of data returned by Rosetta.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm