20-23 July 2023 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Exploring Space with the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency has had a huge year in science and exploration, with the first results from its Gaia Milky Way surveyor and its LISA Pathfinder gravitational wave detection technology testbed, as well as the arrival at the Red Planet of its ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander, and the final act in the amazing Rosetta comet-chasing mission. I’ll give you an insight into each of these missions, their challenges, and their successes (including the not-quite-so-successful parts), and tell you what’s coming soon, such as new missions to study the Sun, Mercury, and the wider Universe.

Presented by Mark McCaughrean

Image courtesy ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO


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