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ESA's Big Year in Space Science 2016

ESA's Big Year in Space Science 2016

At 7pm on Wednesday 12 October, Professor Mark McCaughrean will deliver a lecture on 'ESA's Big Year in Space Science 2016'.

ESA's Big Year in Space Science 2016 

The European Space Agency operates and is partner in a fleet of spacecraft studying the Sun, exploring the Earth's magnetic field, orbiting Mars, Saturn, and Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and collecting photons across the electromagnetic spectrum, from corners of the Universe near and far. This talk will present key recent results from ongoing missions, including the Milky Way surveyor Gaia and the gravitational wave technology testbed LISA Pathfinder. It will also look forward to two big solar system events, as Rosetta ends its mission with a controlled impact on the surface of Comet 67P in September, and ExoMars 2016 puts its entry, descent and landing module onto the Red Planet in October.

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About the speaker

Professor Mark McCaughreanProfessor Mark McCaughrean is Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at the European Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and wider general public. Following a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, he worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, followed by astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and taught as a professor of astrophysics at the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His personal scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems, and he is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.