Prof Mark McCaughrean Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at the European Space Agency is coming to FedCon 25 to talk about exciting recent news from their ongoing missions.
ESA's Big Year in Space Science 2016
In this talk, he'll present some exciting recent news from their ongoing missions, with particular focus on our comet-chasing mission Rosetta, the Milky Way surveyor Gaia, the gravitational wave technology testbed LISA Pathfinder, and the recently-launched ExoMars 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.
Prof 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.