About the Event
The European Space Agency, with NASA participation, developed the ambitious Rosetta mission to study a comet. Rosetta spent 2 years orbiting the comet, and placed a lander on its surface. Dr. Mark Hofstadter is the Principal Investigator of one of Rosetta's instruments, called MIRO, which is a small radio telescope. He will describe the wonderful journey from a proposal in 1995 to the end of operations in 2016. He will also summarize what was learned spending 2 years living with the comet and unintentionally bouncing a lander across its surface.
About the Speaker
Dr. Mark Hofstadter (MS '87, PhD '92) is a Planetary Scientist working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. His research focuses on the atmospheres of planets, primarily the giants of the outer solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), and on comets. Dr. Hofstadter uses both ground- and space-based radio telescopes in the course of his work. He is the Deputy Principal Investigator for MIRO (Microwave Instrument on the Rosetta Orbiter), currently flying alongside a comet. He also works with the Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) program. GAVRT is a partnership between scientists and educators that allows middle- and high-school students to carry out real scientific research as part of their math and science classes.
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