Sputnik marked the dawn of the Space Age and altered the course of the Cold War. Since then, humans have launched many spacecraft with mixed success and varying objectives. This talk will focus on the select few that voyaged beyond the Moon and successfully landed on an extraterrestrial body. We will start with the Soviet missions to Venus, touch on the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn's moon Titan before wrapping up with the recent landing on Comet 67P and, of course, the many missions to Mars. Special attention will be given to active/hibernating spacecraft with ties to the department. Since exams are just around the corner, content will be light and largely anecdotal.
Graduate Seminar Series
The seminar series consists of weekly talks designed and delivered by graduate students within the department. The goal of this project is to expose upper-level undergraduates to current physics research. The talks are aimed at the fourth-year level, but all are welcome and encouraged to attend.