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Comet Mission subject of next Crate Lecture


The next Harry Crate Lecture at Schreiner University—6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16—will feature a report on the first mission to rendezvous with a comet.

The next Harry Crate Lecture at Schreiner University—6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16—will feature a report on the first mission to rendezvous with a comet.

The lecture in Moody Hall 106 is free and open to the public.

Dr. Kathleen Mandt, Ph.D., will discuss the operational challenges faced by the Rosetta Comet Mission, and give an overview of the mission’s extraordinarily successful results.

The European Space Agency Rosetta/Philae mission launched in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Aug. 6, 2014. It escorted the comet as it orbited the Sun, and deployed a lander to its surface. Although the mission officially ended on Sept. 30, 2016, it will continue to produce scientific data from 15 instruments for the next decade.

Dr. Mandt is a senior research scientist in space science and engineering at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, and an adjunct professor in physics and astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.            

The lecture series is named in memory of Harry Crate, a former Schreiner math and engineering professor, who loved discussing science and technology with students and faculty. Previous talks have included former students, medical professionals, scientists and Nobel laureates.

For more information contact Dr. Kim Arvidsson, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at kdarvidsson@schreiner.edu or 830-792-7249.

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