The European Space Agency’s historic Rosetta mission reaches an exciting new phase this month. The craft, which has been following Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it raced through the inner solar system, will get a close-up view of the comet’s icy nucleus when it makes its closest approach to the Sun on August 13, 2015. Join Slooh on August 8th as we discuss this latest phase of the Rosetta mission with ESA scientists and other experts. During this public show, we get an update from mission scientists and we discuss:

  • How the epic 11-year mission of Rosetta has played out so far
  • What Rosetta has learned to date about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
  • Updates on the status of the tiny Philae lander deployed by Rosetta last November
  • What mission scientists hope to learn from Rosetta as the comet makes its closest approach to the Sun
  • The challenges faced by Rosetta as it stays close to the increasingly active nucleus of the comet
  • The recently announced and tantalizing discovery by the Philae lander of organic molecules on the surface of the comet, molecules not yet seen before on any comet
  • How Slooh members helped professional astronomers keep an eye on the comet as it moved closer to the Sun

Mark your calendars for this show on August 8, less than one week before the comet– and the Rosetta craft– make their historic close approach to the Sun, and join us as we attempt to understand our place in the universe by learning more about the building blocks of our solar system.

Slooh and ESA Present: Rosetta's Rendezvous with the Sun
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