Rosetta: chasing and catching a comet
Can you land on a moving comet? How long before do you have to start chasing it?
Man on the moon, Curiosity on Mars and now Philae on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 10 years after being launched into space.
The Rosetta Mission is the third cornerstone mission of the ESA programme Horizon 2000. The aim of the mission is to map the comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by remote sensing, to examine its environment in situ and its evolution in the inner solar system.
The lander Philae is the first device to land on a comet and perform in-situ science on the surface. Launched in March 2004 and after a number of gravity assists and various asteroid fly –bys, the spacecraft entered deep space hibernation in June 2011. Nearly 10 years after launch on 20th January 2014 at 10:00 UTC the spacecraft woke up from hibernation, and subsequently successfully entered into orbit around the comet and deployed Philae to the surface.
Philae had only a few hours of activity on the comet before it ran out of juice. However, it was enough time to collect soil and take several measurements of the comet’s atmosphere. In this episode of Science & Cocktails, Matt Taylor, project scientist on the Rosetta mission, will give the low down of the mission so far.
Aferwards, while Philae is in space and cocktails are being served, Tabula Rasa will be playing. Together they have the task, through the music and improvisations, to discuss any questions which underlie Jonas Due’s compositions. The musicians are hand picked from the city BROAD (genre) music environment, in order to adapt the compositions with great diversity where free improvisations go hand in hand with sharp noted node material and graphical batch trips.
Entrance to the event is free. No registration is necessary. Doors open at 19:00.