Rosetta landing on 30 September 2016

Public event at MPS at the finale of the Rosetta mission

September 08, 2016
Rosetta has very successfully studied comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko for more than two years and has sent spectacular images and data back to Earth. With increasing distance from the Sun the electrical energy generated by Rosetta’s solar panels necessary to operate the spacecraft is slowly decreasing and the mission is nearing its end. Therefore, Rosetta will land on the comet, similar to Philae two years earlier. On this day MPS will host a public event with the following program:

Public talk by Dr. Marc Hofmann (in German): As close as possible – Rosettas Landung auf 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

Public talk by Dr. Jessica Agarwal (in German): Wissenschaftliche Höhepunkte der Rosetta-Mission

Approx. 12:30
Live-Transmission to ESOC in Darmstadt, Live-Stream of ESA-TV, and possibility to enjoy the OSIRIS-exhibition in the entrance hall

13:18 (±2 min)
The signal of the landing reach Earth.

Approx. 13:40
Prof. Ulrich Christensen, director of the department Planets and Comets, gives a short speech about the end of the missioon

14:00 – 16:00
Online-Interviews (in German) with MPS scientists at ESOC and possibility to enjoy the OSIRIS-exhibition in the entrance hall

Comet 67P seen from a distance of 16 km. The image was taken on 7 October 2014 with the panorama camera CIVA on board the Rosetta lander Philae. One of the 14 m long solar panels is seen in the foreground. 
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