The Multi-instrument Analysis of Rosetta Data (MiARD) project seeks to provide an integrated description of the physical and chemical properties of the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko using date from the Rosetta orbiter and lander (a mission conducted by the European Space Agency). The project will place these properties in the context of other Jupiter family comets using space-borne observatory data, to evaluate what one can learn from the present appearance of comets about the evolutionary history, and prepare a scenario for a future cometary sample return mission.
To learn more about the MiARD project, e.g. to find out if a project member near you can give a talk, send email to email@example.com
(The project logo shows a stylised mapping grid overlaid on the dumbbell-shaped comet.)
The MiARD project will be carried out by eight partners which include universities, research institutions and a company.
Here is a link to a two-minute podcast by Dr Al Grauer from the Spreaker ‘Travelers in the Night‘ channel about how some asteroids can have a comet-like tail, and are also responsible for some meteor showers (the asteroid 3200
Peer-reviewed papers from the MiARD project Jean-Baptiste Vincent (from DLR) and colleagues have published the article Constraints on cometary surface evolution derived from a statistical analysis of 67P’s topography in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx1691, July 2017) Raphael Marschall