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Catching a Comet: The Rosetta Space Mission

Professor Ian Wright

From: Catching a Comet: The Rosetta Space Mission, 09 October 2013, University of Warwick, Coventry

09 October 2013  Control & Automation channel

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Rosetta is a robotic spacecraft launched by the European Space Agency in 2004. After more than ten years in space, it will emerge from hibernation early next year to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in the outer solar system.
Rosetta has two parts: an “orbiterâ€, which will rendezvous with a comet, and then fly alongside it, and a robotic lander – Philae - which will be dispatched to the comet surface later in 2014. In his talk, Professor Wright will describe Rosetta and its associated challenges and outline what we hope to achieve through this mission.

About the speaker

Ian Wright is a Professor of Planetary Sciences and is the current Head of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University. He spent his formative years designing and building laboratory instruments as part of a quest to tackle some unanswered questions in cosmochemistry and meteoritics. The same instruments were intended for the fruits of sample-return missions to bodies like Mars and comets. However, since the relevant scientific opportunities that presented themselves involved in situ investigations, he brought his experience to bear on the development of spaceflight instrumentation. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Ptolemy instrument which land on a comet nucleus in 2014 as part of the Rosetta space mission.

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