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Event ID:  11189
Contact Name:  Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology
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Contact Phone:  (780)492-5798
Organization:  Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology
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Dates:  3rd October 2016 to 5th October 2016
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Type:  Public
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Country:  Canada
State/Province:  Alberta
City:  Edmonton
Location:  1-430 CCIS (Oct. 4) and ETLC Solarium (Oct 5)
Event Name:  University of Alberta Space Exploration Symposium 2016
Event Description:  The ESA Rosetta Mission to a Comet Public Lecture by Matt Taylor, European Space Agency Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 pm in CCIS 1-430 on the campus of the University of Alberta Seating is limited; register (free) at The ESA Rosetta Mission was launched in 2004 toward the comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In 2014, Rosetta successfully rendezvoused with the comet, and the robotic lander, Philae, was successfully deployed to its surface. Rosetta has accompanied the comet during its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015 and is now moving back into the outer solar system. Rosetta Project Scientist Matt Taylor will present a personal view of the entire mission. Wednesday, October 5th, 2-6 pm in the ETLC Solarium on the campus of the University of Alberta A series of talks by students and researchers at the University of Alberta, including members of the AlbertaSat team (Alberta's first satellite mission), culminating with the keynote lecture: Asteroid Anchors, Rock Climbing Robots, Gecko Grippers, and Other Ways to Stick in Space (starting at 5:00 pm) Public lecture by Aaron Parness, Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The ability to rove the surface of Mars has revolutionized NASA planetary missions. With more advanced mobility, new targets like cliff faces, cave ceilings, and the surfaces of asteroids and comets could be explored. This talk will present the work of JPL’s Robotic Rapid Prototyping Lab. This includes grippers for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, which plans to extract a 15-ton boulder from the surface and alter the asteroid’s orbit, a method that could prevent future impacts to the Earth. The talk will also present gecko inspired adhesives currently being tested on the International Space Station, miniaturized robots that can drive across surfaces in zero gravity, and rock climbing robots traversing giant lava tubes in New Mexico. We will discuss not only the projects, but the new tools and techniques (3D printers, computer-aided-design software, miniature electronics) that allow us to build and iterate robots more quickly than ever before.
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