The Rosetta mission: What’s going on?

General event

The Rosetta mission: What’s going on?

  • Event time: 5:00pm
  • Event date: 21st January 2015
  • Speaker: Dr Matt Taylor
  • Location: Lecture Theatre A,

Event details

You are warmly invited to hear Dr Matt Taylor talk about the Rosetta Project and attend a reception afterwards in the Magnet Café.


The Rosetta Mission is the third cornerstone mission of the ESA programme Horizon 2000. The aim of the mission is to map the comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by remote sensing, to examine its environment insitu and its evolution in the inner solar system.

The lander Philae is the first device to land on a comet and perform in-situ science on the surface. Launched in March 2004 and after a number of gravity assists and various asteroid fly-bys, the spacecraft entered deep space hibernation in June 2011. Nearly 10 years after launch on 20th January 2014 at 10:00 UTC the spacecraft woke up from hibernation, and subsequently successfully entered into orbit around the comet and deployed Philae to the surface (and then some). This talk will give the lowdown on the mission so far!

The event is brought to you by:

  • PARSS (Physics and Astronomy Research Staff Society)
  • PIPC (Postgraduate Inter-Physics Committee)
  • UKCA (United Kingdom Centre for Astrobiology)

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