NASA astronomer to speak at the C of I

The College of Idaho is set to host guest speaker Dr. Paul Weissman as part of the American Astronomical Society’s Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureships in Astronomy program. Weissman will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The event is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Weissman is a decorated astronomer with more than 40 years of NASA experience, various awards from his work with NASA, and a multitude of publications. Weissman’s C of I lecture, titled “Back to the Beginning: The Rosetta Mission to Orbit and Land on a Comet,” will detail his work on the Rosetta Mission, which studies the origin of comets for the purpose of gaining knowledge about the formation of our solar system. “Rosetta” refers to the name of a spacecraft, the first of its kind, to be sent out to orbit and land on a cometary nucleus. The craft’s recent arrival—and the spectacular data the project is currently receiving—places Weissman’s lecture at a prime moment for cutting edge astronomy work to be relayed to C of I students and the community.

For more information about the lecture, contact C of I physics professor Dr. Katie Devine at [email protected].

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