"Philae at the comet: a scientific adventure" with Prof Chris Lintott

25 February 2015

Portrait of Professor Chris Lintott

with Professor Chris Lintott
Professor of Astrophysics

Oxford Martin Senior Alumni FellowProfessor Chris Lintott was Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Computational Cosmology from 2010-2014, where he focused on devloping the Zooniverse, a citizen science platform. Professor Lintott's backgrou...

On 12th November 2014, after a 10 year journey, the Rosetta spacecraft's lander Philae touched down on the surface of the comet 67P, also known as Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The robotic European Space Agency lander not only took images from the comet’s surface, the first images in history, but obtained data that was sent back to be analysed. This data will be used to determine the composition of the surface of the comet. But what does this mean? And what implications does it have?