A Mathematicianâ€™s 35 year Journey to the Origin of the Solar System
by Dr Andrew Prentice
Abstract: The launch of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecrafts to Jupiter and Saturn in the early 1970s marked the beginning of NASAâ€™s program of unmanned exploration of the outer solar system by interplanetary space probes. Since then, the wealth of new scientific data that has come from the various later spacecraft missions, including the Voyager 1 and 2 Grand Tour Project from Jupiter to Neptune, the Galileo Project at Jupiter, and the current Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan, has greatly expanded our understanding of the physical and chemical structure of the solar system. Each of the large gas-like planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune also possesses extensive satellite systems which are like miniature planetary systems.
This colloquium is to be pitched for a general audience and will be illustrated with many colourful images from space.
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