Philae and the Rosetta Comet Encounter

On 12 November 2014, European Space Agency Rosetta mission’s Philae lander made the first ever comet touchdown on Rosetta. The lander phoned home and then promptly fell into a deep slumber. After seven months Philae reawakened as the comet came to life from its frozen state.

Sydney-born Avionics Systems Engineer Warwick Holmes worked for over four years with the European Space Agency and had a key role in building, testing and launching the Rosetta spacecraft to make the mission happen. In this full-sensory presentation, Warwick will provide an insider’s view of many enthralling aspects of the mission, including the spacecraft design, the complex trajectory, images and the science data acquired. Warwick will talk about the ESA Rosetta mission and explain the connection between comets and life on Earth. During the talk, Warwick will make a comet before your very eyes, replay the ‘voice’ of Rosetta and even subject your nose to the vile smell that comets emanate.

Suitable for ages 16 and above.