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Exploring the planets - why bother?

Professor Fred Taylor talking about the reasons for having a space mission programme.

The American space agency, NASA, has sent many unmanned probes to explore our planetary neighbours in the Solar System. Now the European Space Agency, which includes the UK, has its own smaller, but growing, planetary exploration programme. What are we trying to do? What will we gain from it? Is it worth the trouble (and the money)? Fred Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics at Oxford University and Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He is involved in American and European space missions to all the planets of the classical Solar System and is the author of several books, including The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets (Cambridge University Press, 2001).


Professor Fred Taylor | talks


Date and Time:

21 June 2004 at 8:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Live Theatre
Broad Chare
0191 232 1232
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