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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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.