Science results from Rosetta: the first comet orbiter
Time: Tue 2019-05-07 15.15 - 16.00
Lecturer: Tomas Karlsson
Location: Lecture hall D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, KTH Campus
When the European Space Agency’s comet chaser Rosetta arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014, a new chapter in comet science started. For the first time continuous measurements of a comet and its space environment could be performed for an extended time. After following the comet for two years, including landing a probe on the comet surface, our knowledge of medium-active comets has increased enormously.
I will present an overview of some science results from the Rosetta mission, with a special focus on the plasma in the cometary coma, and its interaction with the solar wind. The plasma environment was probed by several instruments, one of which (LAP Langmuir probe) KTH was involved in designing and constructing, and I will also talk a little bit about future studies using data from LAP.
Coffee and cake will be available for the first 30 attendees at 15:00, warmly welcome!