"Two facets of space exploration:
Human and robotic missions"
17 February 2017 • 18:30 (UTC +2)
Eugenides Foundation | 387 Leoforos Syggrou | GR- 17564 Palaio Faliro | Athens | Greece
Robotic spacecraft have reached throughout the solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond. Still, they may not catch the public imagination in the same way as human missions. This Friday evening, each speaker will have his own story to tell for outer space exploration.
Dr Stamatios Krimigis' lifelong efforts to advance space exploration have contributed to expanding our view of the solar system. Pluto caps a remarkable 50-year exploration of the nine classical planets; 50 years from the day when Mariner 4 flew past Mars and returned the first image from another planet.
Luca Parmitiano has spent six months on board the International Space Station (ISS), conducting over 20 experiments for his Volare mission. A spacesuit leakage that nearly drowned him during a spacewalk outside the ISS is probably the most serious issue that an astronaut has ever encountered.
Pantelis Poulakis, as member of ESA's ExoMars programme is working on a future Mars sample return mission in the 2020s. Following the 2016 mission, the next mission includes a rover that will carry a drill and a suite of instruments dedicated to search for signs of life that may existed on the red planet.
Admission to the event is free of charge. Free entry tickets will be made available at the reception desk of the Eugenides Foundation half an hour before the beginning of the event. Up to two tickets will be supplied to each interested attendee.
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