Posted by Sean Flynt on 2015-01-21
Samford University’s Christenberry Planetarium will present a free special program on the recent Rosetta comet mission as part of the university’s Alabama Winter Skies series.

In March of 2004, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Rosetta mission to rendezvous with a comet. Nearly 11 years later, in Nov. 2014, the Philae lander detached from Rosetta and became the first manmade object to land on a comet. 

Alabama Winter Skies: Comet Landing! will be shown Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and seating is limited to 94, so guests should plan to arrive early to ensure a seat. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the program.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.