Science and Beyond: Public Talks by Mark McCaughrean

Monday, 13 February 2017 to Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The fifth speaker in the series is Professor Mark McCaughrean.

Prof Mark McCaughrean is the Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA). He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, exploration, 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.

Prof McCaughrean's lectures are titled Rosetta: To Catch a Comet! and ESA's Space Science and Exploration Missions.

Rosetta: To Catch a Comet!

In this talk, he will give a behind-the-scenes view of the mission, its history, the 10-year journey to reach the comet, and the exciting events that took place during more than 2 years of operations there, before ending in September 2016. He will talk about some of the challenges and risks involved in the mission, and give some insights into the key scientific findings revealed to date about the formation of our solar system, the origins of water, and perhaps even life on Earth.

ESA's Space Science and Exploration Missions

The European Space Agency operates and is partner in a fleet of spacecraft studying the Sun and its planets, and collecting photons across the electromagnetic spectrum, from corners of the Universe near and far. In this talk, he will present some key recent results from our on-going missions, including the Milky Way surveyor Gaia and the gravitational wave technology test bed LISA Pathfinder, and from two solar system explorers, Rosetta at Comet 67P/C-G and the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter at the Red Planet. He will end with a look forward to the exciting new missions coming from ESA and its partners in the next few years.

Schedule of his lecture series

Date and Time City Lecture venue Topic
Monday 13 February 2017 at 10.30 AM    

 

Kolkata

Science City Mini Auditorium, Science City

 Rosetta: To Catch a Comet!

Monday 13 February 2017 at 3 PM Presidency University European Space Agency’s Space Science and Space Exploration Missions
Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 11 AM

 

 

Bangalore

Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum Rosetta: To Catch a Comet!
Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 3 PM Indian Institute of Astrophysics

 

European Space Agency’s Space Science and Space Exploration Missions

Thursday 16 February 2017 at 3.30 PM Indian Space Research Organisation