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Exploring the Solar System with Robotic Spacecraft: A public lecture by Dr Chris Arridge

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19:00 – 21:00 19 Apr 2012
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Basil Reckitt lecture theatre, Ferens Building,
Hull Campus, University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX

Speakers: Dr Chris Arridge

Since the early 1960s starting with the flyby of Venus by Mariner 2, we have launched spacecraft into interplanetary space to study our solar system. The light travel time from Earth to one of these spacecraft can
be significant so these complex machines - these robots - must be capable of working semi-autonomously. Together they've returned petabytes of data from distant regions of our solar system, with Voyager 1 about to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space within the next few years. In this talk I'll discuss the robotic exploration of the giant planets with a focus on recent results from the Cassini
spacecraft and the operations for this spacecraft. I'll finish up with a look at the challenges for exploring the poorly-understood ice giant Uranus, and European efforts to launch a new spacecraft out to this
distant object.
All welcome.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP Yorkshire Branch
Contact details: Dr. Angela Dyson
A.Dyson@hull.ac.uk

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Basil Reckitt lecture theatre, Ferens Building,
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19:00 – 21:00 19 Apr 2012
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