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Planetary Group Seminar: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the eyes of a geologist (R. El-Maarry)

  • Date: Oct 9, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Speaker: Ramy El-Maarry
  • LASP, Boulder, USA
  • Location: MPS
  • Room: Auditorium
  • Host: Urs Mall
The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has expanded the field of cometary science from the realm of Earth-based astronomers to include that of planetary scientists and geologists. The unique capabilities of the mission in being able to provide some of the highest resolution images we have ever acquired from a space mission in addition to being the first to put a lander on the surface of a comet and escort the comet itself on its journey around the Sun for more than 2 years has given has given us unprecedented insights into cometary nuclei morphology and the unique processes that shape their landscapes. In this talk, I will try to give an overview of the mission’s activities, and highlight the surface morphology of comet 67P with its diverse, and at times truly bizarre, landscape, as well as an update on our understanding of how these landscape form, and evolve, with time.

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