4/2014Rendezvous with a Primordial Rock
Although the comparison with the manned moon landing may appear somewhat exaggerated, Rosetta is undoubtedly one of space travel’s most daring enterprises: For the first time in history, a probe is accompanying a comet on its orbit around the Sun – and in mid-November, it set down the Philae lander on its surface. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen have front row seats for the evaluation of the images and data from the comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
4/2014The Sun – A Mercurial Star
The Sun is the Earth’s principal source of energy and climate driver. Yet sometimes it sends more light to the Earth than other times. Astronomers working with Natalie Krivova at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen take these fluctuations in solar radiation into account in their models to find out whether they contribute to global warming or counteract it.
3/2014The Night of the Comet
It was a historic event for researchers and a spectacle for the media: On the eve of March 14, 1986,
the Giotto space probe hurtled past Halley’s Comet at a distance of 600 kilometers and sent back
measurement data and close-ups of the nucleus. More than 220 European scientists were involved
in the project, including 22 from Max Planck institutes.