Members of the Research Group "Small Bodies and Comets"

Scientists:

Boehnhardt, Hermann
Christensen, Ulrich
Goesmann, Fred
Hartogh, Paul
Hilchenbach, Martin
Hoffmann, Martin
Jarchow, Christopher
Krüger, Harald
Mall, Urs
Nathues, Andreas
Rengel, Miriam
Roll, Reinhard
Schäfer, Michael
Sierks, Holger
Steininger, Harald

Postdocs:

Agarwal, Jessica
Deller, Jakob
Hofmann, Marc
Oklay, Nilda
Sanchez, Juan Andres
Snodgrass, Colin
Strub, Peter
Tubiana, Cecilia
Masoumzadeh, Nafiseh
Thangjam, Guneshwar Singh
Vincent, Jean-Baptiste

PhD Students:

Höfner, Sebastian

Former Members:

Giri, Chaitanya
Jockers, Klaus
Kissel, Jochen
Nielsen, Erling
Petrova, Elena

Contact

Fee von Saltzwedel
Team assistant
Phone: +49 551 384 979-267
+49 551 384 979-358
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Dr. Birgit Krummheuer
Press Office
Phone:+49 551 384 979-462

Small Bodies and Comets

Research Group "Small Bodies and Comets"

<p>This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on August 3 2014 with the camera system OSIRIS on board the ESA Rosetta mission.</p> Zoom Image

This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on August 3 2014 with the camera system OSIRIS on board the ESA Rosetta mission.

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Small bodies in the solar system, like comets, asteroids and Transneptunian objects (TNOs), are remnants from the time of the formation of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago. Their study gives clues about the formation scenario, and the physical conditions and compositional environment in the early time, and helps to understand how the solar system evolved to its present state. We observe these objects with Earth-based telescopes and with remote and in situ sensing instruments from space to determine their physical properties and chemical composition. We participate in dedicated spacecraft missions visiting comets and asteroids to study their properties from a close distance and by taking gas, dust and surface samples.

Members of the research group participate in the NASA mission Dawn to asteroids Vesta und Ceres and in the ESA mission Rosetta to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

 
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