Comets After Rosetta

Comet Hyakutake

Cometary Science After Rosetta: Future Directions

The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck, London

June 16-17, 2016

Organized by:

Dr Geraint Jones (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory & Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck)

Dr Matthew Knight (University of Maryland)

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons (Queen's University Belfast)

Dr Matt Taylor (European Space Agency)

This two day meeting immediately followed the Royal Society Discussion Meeting: Cometary Science After Rosetta. This second meeting, further reviewed the current status of the field of cometary science following the keenly-anticipated results of Rosetta, with the aim to engender focused, collaborative studies of these fascinating objects.

The venue was the Clore Management Centre in Bloomsbury, London WC1. Click here for a map of the location.

If you have any queries, please email g.h.jones (at)

Many thanks to all the presenters and attendees for making this a very successful meeting.

Final Agenda

Day 1 Abstracts

Day 1: June 16

09:30 Welcome

09:40 Meech (Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai'i, USA) - Tracing Early Solar System History with Comets: A Compositional and Dynamical Perspective

10:10 Kelley (University of Maryland, USA) - The Largest Particles in Cometary Comae

10:35-11:00 Coffee, and Poster Viewing

11:00 Henkel (University of Manchester, UK) - Capture and analysis of cometary organic material and its pitfalls

11:25 Cottin (LISA/UPEC, France) - The solid phase organic matter in the dust particles of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko analysed by TOF-SIMS with the COSIMA instrument. What we searched for and what we found.

11:50-13:15 Lunch (*provided*)

13:15 Price (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory/Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck) - Dust tail analysis from a new application of the Finson-Probstein technique

13:40 Bentley (Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences) - Dust at the nanometre scale - results from Rosetta and prospects for the future

14:05 Protopapa (University of Maryland, USA) - The physical properties of water ice in comets: results after the first year observing campaign

14:30-15:00 Coffee, and Poster Viewing

15:00 Kramer (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA) - 67P’s Place in the WISE/NEOWISE Cometary Database [remote presentation]

15:25 Jones (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory/Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck) - Serendipitous Comet Tail Crossings

15:50 Discussion

16:15 END and Group walk to visit Rosetta Stone at the British Museum (museum closes at 17:30).

Day 2: June 17

Day 2 Abstracts

09:30 Edberg (Swedish Institute of Space Physics) - Rosetta observations of a CME impact on comet 67P

09:55 Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory/Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck, UK) - Ion pickup from Giotto to Rosetta

10:20 Brown (University of Glasgow, UK) - Destruction regimes of infalling exo-cometary debris around White Dwarf stars

10:45-11:05 Coffee, and Poster Viewing

11:05 Bridges (University of Leicester, UK) - Comet Wild 2 Samples from the Stardust Mission: Melt fragments and Water-rock Reaction

11:30 Yanamandra-Fisher (Space Science Institute, USA) - Future Directions for Ground-based Pro-Am Comet Observing Campaigns

11:55 Hsieh (Planetary Science Institute, USA) - The Next Generation of Comet Searches

12:20-13:00 Lunch (*provided*)

13:00 Knight (University of Maryland, USA) - Future prospects for observing near-Sun comets

13:25 Miles (British Astronomical Association) - Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1: A worthy target for a future space mission

13:50 Snodgrass (Open University, UK) - Possible missions for the ESA M5 call

14:15 Weissman (Planetary Science Institutem, USA) - COMET ODYSSEY: A Comet Surface Sample Return Mission

14:40 Discussion on Future Missions and Observation Goals

15:00 Coffee and End


Prialnik (Tel Aviv University, Israel) - Activity patterns of comet nuclei as suggested by models

Levasseur-Regourd (Univ. P. & M. Curie (Sorbonne Univ.) / LATMOS, France) - Properties of dust particles in comets from photometric and polarimetric observations of 67P

Shinnaka (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) - Imaging Observations of Lyman α of Comets: 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by PROCYON/LAICA and Future Prospects

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