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The European Space Agency’s science and exploration missions have been much in the news over the last couple of years, with exciting results from its Gaia Milky Way surveyor and other astronomical observatories, the decade-long saga of the Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft and its Philae lander, the arrival of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli at the Red Planet, and the launch of the international BepiColombo mission to Mercury.
in his lecture Once explorers, always explorers at FedCon 28, Prof. Mark McCaughrean will give you an insight into these missions and others in ESA’s fleet, their challenges and scientific discoveries, and tell you what’s coming next as we continue our exploration of the solar system and the wider Universe beyond.
Lecturer: Prof. Mark McCaughreanDuration: 60 min - The Lecture will be held in: english
Prof. Mark McCaughrean
is "Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration" 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.
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