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Rosetta Project

On Monday 9th March, we had a visit from Laurence O’Rourke. Laurence is the European Space Agency's Lander System Engineer for the Rosetta mission, and one of the mission's two science operations coordinators. (and an uncle of Saidhbh’s) Laurence made a presentation to the girls from 3rd to 6th classes and told us all about the Rosetta Project and the landing of the Philae Lander onto Comet67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014.

Originally launched in 2004, Rosetta has travelled a cumulative distance of 6.4 billion kilometers. Gravity assists were needed from four planetary flybys-one of Mars(2007) and three of Earth( 2005,2007 and 2009)- a very long trip that took 10 years to complete.


It was a fascinating talk and we learned lots about the project. Laurence had some really cool pictures and videos to go with his talk. We were able to ask lots of questions and he left us some space posters too.




Check out the links below to the European Space Agency and to youtube to get more information.