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Open Dome Event – Crashing on a Comet

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The Rosetta mission belongs to the list of most inspiring missions so far. And we just let it crash on a comet! Was it an accident or is there reason for this madness? Join Dr D Brown (NTU) as part of World Space Week to hear more on why we crash space missions.

  • From: Thursday 6 October 2016, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 6 October 2016, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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The Rosetta mission to comet 67P has been a full success and increased our understanding about comets and the early solar system immensely. The mission comes to an end on 30 September by crashing into the comet. Other space missions have or are planned to crash into solar system bodies as well.

Dr. D Brown (NTU) will talk about what the scientific justification behind a crash landing for example on a comet is. Using the past Rosetta mission, the opportunities of such a manoeuvre will be explained and also the moral necessity to do so in case of other space missions. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction to what is visible in this month's sky.

Booking is required for this event. While attending, you consent to filming, photography, and sound recording – which may include you as a member of the audience – and its use in publication or advertising distribution, either printed or online, without payment or copyright.


The event will start at 8 pm with Dr D Brown's talk on Crashing on a Comet. Refreshments will be offered from 8.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the autumn sky using the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes and binoculars, if the weather allows it.

If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.

Booking information

Booking is required for this event.

Entrance is free and available to everyone who is interested.

Location details




Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


Parking is available only for booked visitors in the Main Gate car park.

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