European XFEL Seminar

Once Explorers, always explorers

by Mark Prof. McCaughrean (European Space Agency)

E1.173 (European XFEL Campus Schenefeld, Main Building)


European XFEL Campus Schenefeld, Main Building

The European Space Agency's science and exploration missions have been much in the news over the last couple of years, with the first results from its Gaia Milky Way surveyor and its LISA Pathfinder gravitational wave detection technology testbed, the arrival of its ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander at the Red Planet, and the decade-long saga of the Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft. I'll give you an insight into each of these missions, their challenges, and their successes (as well as the almost-successes), and tell you what's coming next for ESA science and exploration, including new missions to study the Sun, Mercury, Moon, Mars, and the wider Universe. Prof Mark McCaughrean is the Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration at the European Space Agency. 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. "The talk addresses all public, everybody is welcome to attend"