SALON: Rosetta Rendezvous
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10 March 2016 Queensland Museum

Venue

Queensland Museum

Location

Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Date

10 March 2016

Time

8:00pm

Cost

Adult: $20 Concession: $15
Mark McCaughrean
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Mark McCaughrean

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Mark McCaughrean

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Summary

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission captured the imagination of the world in 2014, as it rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and deployed a lander Philae, to its surface.

Join the European Space Agency’s Professor Mark McCaughrean as he gives a behind-the-scenes view of the mission, its history, the 10 year journey to reach the comet, and the exciting events that have been taking place there.

Explore the challenges and risks involved in the mission and discover what scientists are finding as they unlock this treasure chest of information about the formation of our solar system, the origins of water and perhaps even life on Earth.

Meet the Speaker

Mark McCaughrean is the Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA). Following the completion of his PhD in astronomy from the University of Edinburgh, Mark has worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, and then at astronomical research institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam. His personal scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems using state-of-the-art ground and space based telescopes.  

Queensland Museum

Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia