August 2016 - The Rosetta Mission: Comet C-G up Close
The Rosetta Mission: Comet C-G up Close
August 11 & 12
Rosetta has been one of the most difficult space missions ever attempted. After 10 years of flight it caught up with a comet speeding at 55,000 km/h and dropped a lander on its surface. Then the mother craft orbited the comet for another year and a half coming as close as 6 km from the surface. In September of 2016 this very mother ship, not designed for landing, will touch down onto the comet to end the mission. The lecture will not only describe this upcoming landing but will tell you what we have learned from Rosetta about comets and the formation of the solar system.
Dr. Bonnie Buratti, US Rosetta Project Scientist, JPL
Mr. Artur Chmielewski, US Rosetta Project Manager, JPL