The First Touchdown On A Comet
This week, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander was deployed from the Rosetta spacecraft and touched down on the Comet 67P/C-G. Joel Parker, deputy principal investigator on Rosetta’s ALICE instrument, takes us through the bumpy landing and describes what the suite of instruments can tell us about the comet and the formation of the universe.
Joel Parker is deputy principal investigator on the Rosetta mission’s ALICE instrument, and director of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.