The Rosetta Mission – Up Close and Personal with a Comet

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The Rosetta mission is one of the most ambitious space missions ever flown. Launched in 2004, Rosetta finally reached its goal – comet 67P/churyumov-Gerasimenko – in August 2014 when it became the first spacecarft to rendezvous with a comet. Not only will Rosetta escort and study the comet for more two years, but its lander, which touched down on the cometin November 2014, has performed direct measurements of the comet surface. In this cafe sci, Dr. Parker wil discuss the scientific goals of the mission, the difficulties of reaching and flying with an active comet, and some of the results obtained thus far.

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