Thank you to Dr Simon Sheridan for a really interesting talk last evening for his talk on Rosetta – Landing on a Comet from Planning to Reality.
Dr Sheridan was really nice guy and his willingness to stay and chat for so long after the talk was an unexpected bonus.
Dr Simon Sheridan’s key activities include:
- Development of the gas handling and processing system on the Ptolemy instrument (Rosetta Lander)
- The development of miniature mass spectrometers for sub-surface deployment by either low-speed mole or high-speed penetrator devices
- The development of Carbon Nano Tube devices for use as low power mass spectrometer ionisation sources
Put simply this guy designed the major parts of Ptolemy which will analyse samples from the comet to help us understand what it is and more about the beginnings of our solar system.