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    Mike Meynell
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    Just to let people know that we’ve had an update from Professor Mark McCaughrean of ESA, who is due to give us a lecture in February next year. He has now given us the topic of his lecture, and it sounds like a corker:

    Rosetta: To Catch a Comet!

    After ten years flight, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014, returning spectacular images of this remarkable dark, dusty, icy remnant of the birth of our Solar System. In the following three months, the Rosetta team studied and surveyed the comet in detail, culminating in the exciting deployment of the Philae lander to its surface on 12 November 2014, under the gaze of worldwide attention.

    In this talk, Mark will describe the scientific motivation for the Rosetta mission, its history, and the discoveries that have already been made in the first few months since this first ever rendezvous with, escorting of, and landing on a comet. Mark will also provide a look forward into 2015, as the comet and Rosetta make their closest approach the Sun, leading to a substantial increase in the activity of the comet and even the possible return of Philae from hibernation.

    Mark works for the European Space Agency, where he is the Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration. His role also includes responsibility for communicating the results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions across the scientific community and to the wider general public. Following his PhD in astronomy from the University of Edinburgh in 1988, he has worked in the UK, the US, Germany, and the Netherlands. His personal research interests involve observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems using state-of-the-art ground- and space-based telescopes. He is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Science Working Group for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

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    Andy Sawers
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    Sounds like a capacity crowd for this one!

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    Mike Meynell
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    Sounds like a capacity crowd for this one!

    Very nearly was, wasn’t it!

    A superb lecture I thought. How Mark managed to speak for 90 minutes without referring to a single note, I simply don’t know. And he was thoroughly engaging throughout, impossible not to be caught up in his enthusiasm for the Rosetta mission.

    We will certainly invite him back one day!

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    Tej
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    I am sorry to have missed this, trying to get down quick enough from Enfield defeated me and I couldnt leave early enough either 🙁

    I did get a feast of Rosetta lectures during the Astrofest but they were ultimately bite sized, this lecture sounded epic! In fact as long as the 3 astrofests rosetta/philae lectures put together. Look forward to the writeup. And fingers crossed for Philae’s wake up signal.

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    Mike Meynell
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    Here are a few pictures from the evening:

    Professor Mark McCaughrean by MikeMey67[/url], on Flickr

    Professor Mark McCaughrean talks about the Moon landings by MikeMey67[/url], on Flickr

    Professor Mark McCaughrean talks about previous comets by MikeMey67[/url], on Flickr

    Professor Mark McCaughrean discusses the Rosetta programme by MikeMey67[/url], on Flickr

    Professor Mark McCaughrean describes the surface of Comet 67P by MikeMey67[/url], on Flickr

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    Mike Meynell
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    Andy’s excellent report on this lecture is now on the website: http://flamsteed.info/2015/02/rosetta-to-catch-a-comet/

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