Mark Mccaughrean

Rosetta: to Catch a Comet

Mark Mccaughrean

Talk: Rosetta: to Catch a Comet

The European Space Agency's mission Rosetta captured the imagination of the world in 2014, as it rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and deployed a lander, Philae, to its surface. In this talk I'll give a behind-the-scenes view of the mission, its history, its 10-year journey to reach the comet, and the exciting events that have been taking place there. I'll present some of the early results as scientists unlock this treasure chest of information about the formation of our solar system and the origins of water, and perhaps even life on Earth. And finally, a look forward to the rest of the mission: the best is yet to come!

Mark Mccaughrean

Prof Mark McCaughrean works for the European Space Agency, where he is the Senior Scientific Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration, responsible for communicating the scientific results from ESA's astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions.