Plenary Talks

3) Tues 11.00-12.00
The ESA Rosetta Mission: where we are and what is it telling us
The Rosetta Mission is the third cornerstone mission of the ESA Programme  Horizon 2000. The aim of the mission is to map the comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by remote sensing, to examine its environment in situ and its evolution in the inner solar system. The lander Philae is the first device to land on a comet and perform in-situ science on the surface.  Launched in March 2004 and after a number of gravity assists and various asteroid fly-bys, the spacecraft entered deep space hibernation in June 2011. Nearly 10 years after launch on 20th January 2014 at 10:00 UTC the spacecraft woke up from hibernation, and subsequently successfully entered into orbit around the comet and deployed Philae to the surface (and then some!). This talk will summarise the mission up to now operationally and scientifically, and look forward to the rest of the mission.
Matt Taylor