SESSION 3: 10AM SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY
ESA Science Missions in 2016
The European Space Agency operates a fleet of spacecraft studying the Sun and the Earth's magnetic field, orbiting Mars, Saturn and Comet 67P/C-G, and collecting photons across the electromagnetic spectrum, from corners of the Universe near and far. I'll present some key recent results from our missions and look forward to frontiers to be opened by others currently being built, with particular focus on our comet-chasing mission Rosetta, the Milky Way surveyor Gaia, the recently-launched gravitational wave technology testbed LISA Pathfinder, and the soon-to-be-launched ExoMars 2016.
About Mark McCaughrean
Prof Mark McCaughrean is Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at the European Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and wider general public. Following a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Mark worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, followed by astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and taught as a professor of astrophysics at the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His personal scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems, and he is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.