SPACE AND COSMIC RAY PHYSICS SEMINAR

University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, March 23, 2015
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Dennis Bodewits
Dept. of Astronomy, University of Maryland

Catching a Comet: First results from the Rosetta mission

Comets are some of the least-altered leftovers that survive from the origin of the solar system. On August 6, 2014, the Rosetta spacecraft entered a close orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and three months later it delivered the Philae probe to its surface. I will summarize the mission’s context and some of the exciting first science results from Rosetta.