[meteorite-list] Rosetta Science Working Team Dedication to Deceased Colleagues
From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:56:53 -0700 (PDT)
Rosetta Science Working Team dedication to deceased colleagues
Guest blog post by Matt Taylor, Rosetta Project Scientist.
September 28, 2015
At the most recent Rosetta Science Working Team meeting, held in Gottingen
Germany in September 2015, a number of new science investigations were
discussed, along with updates on on-going studies of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
and its environment.
This growing body of science and discovery has only been made possible
through the dedication of hundreds of scientists and engineers across
the globe, who have worked or still work on the mission.
For a project that has been going for almost 30 years, it is also regrettably
inevitable that a few members of this large team have been outlived by
the mission, including some who unfortunately did not live to appreciate
the main comet phase.
As a token of deep gratitude and thanks, the Rosetta SWT has dedicated
the upcoming special issue of scientific papers in Astronomy & Astrophysics
to everyone who has worked on the mission, including those who continue
to work on the mission, but especially those colleagues who have passed
As part of this recognition, the SWT has also dedicated two features on
the comet to two esteemed colleagues who have passed away in recent years.
These features are the C. Alexander Gate, found on the smaller lobe, dedicated
to Dr Claudia J. Alexander, the US Rosetta Project Scientist who passed
away in July this year, and the A. Coradini Gate, located on the larger
lobe, after Dr Angioletta Coradini, the former Principal Investigator
of the VIRTIS instrument, who passed away in September 2011.
The two features were chosen for their prominence on Comet 67P/C-G, and
for their very distinctive and striking gate-like appearances, considered
to be highly appropriate monuments for our absent colleagues.
Matt also announced the dedication during the opening ceremony of the
European Planetary Science Congress today.
Received on Tue 29 Sep 2015 05:56:53 PM PDT