The mission to Mercury
Lecture by Professor of Astrophysics and member of the Academy of Athens Dr. Stamatios Krimigis, and the world premiere presentation of the findings by the NASA Messenger mission to Mercury...
NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, specially equipped to withstand the intense heat found in close proximity to the sun, moved into orbit around Mercury on March 18, 2011. The spacecraft is the first to orbit the innermost planet. At the time of orbit Messenger was 46 million kilometers from the sun –closer than ever- and 55 million kilometers from the Earth. The spacecraft, carrying seven scientific instruments, collected data on its approach to Mercury.
The lecture will be given in Greek with simultaneous projection of photographic material.
Dr. Stamatios Krimigis was born on Chios in the village of Vrontados. He studied in the USA at the Universities of Minnesota and Iowa. He was Assistant Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa, and in 1968 was appointed supervisor of the Space Physics Section of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University. In 1980 he was appointed chief scientist at the Space Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and in 1991 he became head of the Department. In November 2004 he was elected member of the Academy of Athens to the newly established chair of Science of Space and in 2007 president of the Order of Physical and Natural Sciences. He is currently President of the International Academy of Astronautics. The event is realized in cooperation with the Greek Alumni of American Universities.
|Organizer||Hellenic American Union, Greek Alumni of American Universities|
|Venue||Hellenic American Union Theater|
|Type||Talk - Presentation|
|Participants||Dr. Stamatios Krimigis|
|Admission Fee||Admission is free|