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Exploring the Solar System with Robotic Spacecraft

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17:00 – 19:00 20 Nov 2012
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Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Hicks Building, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S1 4DT

Speakers: Dr. Chris Arridge (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Univ. College London)

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 Voyager1 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.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Co-sponsored by: Sheffield University
Organised by: IOP Yorkshire Branch
Contact details: John Williams
Email: j.williams@sheffield.ac.uk

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