IAS members are invited to hear the distinguished Irish astrophysicist, Professor Susan McKenna-Lawlor, talk about her work with the Rosetta probe and the Philae lander on the comet 67P67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which has just re-emerged from behind the sun .
The Rosetta mission has been under way for over two decades, following the initial agreement in 1993, through launch in March 2004, and reaching 67P in August 2014. Rosetta became the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, and then the Philae robotic lander separated to become the first spacecraft to land on a comet.
Professor McKenna-Lawlor has also been involved with various experiments flown on ESA, NASA and Russian Space Agency missions. She developed a set of instruments to monitor the Martian solar wind on the Mars Express mission launched by the European Space Agency. Monday’s meeting will be an opportunity to engage with cutting edge activity in solar exploration.
Directions to the venue can be found here.
See you there!