Rosetta exhibition

Catania, from 16 December to 5 January 2015

The Rosetta mission and Philae’s historic landing on the comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s surface will be the main themes for an exhibition that will be held in Catania at the University Headquarters arcade (Piazza Università, 2).

The initiative is the outcome of the cooperation among the Italian Space Agency, the Catania University and the INAF – Catania Astrophysical Observatory.

The exhibition is open for free from 16 December 2014 to 5 January 2015, 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibition path consists of 25 display panels, 16 dedicated to the Rosetta mission and 9 to the other comets discovered in the past.

A scientific conference will be held during this event. Conference title is “From comets to exoplanets: the Rosetta mission and CHEOPS and PLATO projects”.  

The conference will be held on 19 December 2014, 5.00 p.m., at the University Auditorium (“Aula Magna”). ASI speaker will be Mario Salatti (Universe Exploration and Observation Unit), who will give a presentation on “Rosetta and Philae: in search of the Solar System origins”, while Isabella Pagano (INAF - Catania Astrophysical Observatory) will focus her speech on “CHEOPS and PLATO, two ESA missions to study near stars planets”.

Giacomo Pignataro, Catania University Dean, Grazia Umana, Catania Astrophysical Observatory Director and, as a chairman, Valerio Pirronello, Physics and Astronomy Dept. Director will take part in the conference.