• Aug 20 2013

    WITS Node Seminar: Dr Henry Throop (Planetary Science Institute, Pretoria)

    The National Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Centre for Theoretical Physics, School of Physics, would like to invite to its coming talk in the theoretical physics seminar series, entitled:

    "NASA's New Horizons Mission to Pluto"

    to be presented by Dr. Henry Throop (Planetary Science Institute, Pretoria)

    Abstract: Pluto is the coldest and most distant of the nine 'classic' planets. Its ancient surface preserves a record of the history of the solar system and provides clues to the composition of comets and other bodies in the outer solar system. Astronomers have never seen the surface up close... but they will soon! Planetary Scientist Dr. Henry Throop will tell the story of this NASA spacecraft mission, from its development and construction, through launch in 2006, to plans for its arrival at Pluto on July 15, 2014, and onward to encounters with bodies in the distant Kuiper Belt.

    Date: Tuesday, 20th August 2013
    Venue: Frank Nabarro Lecture Theatre P216
    Time: 13.20 - 14.10

    For more information please contact:

    Alan S. Cornell

    School of Physics
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Private Bag 3
    Wits 2050
    South Africa


    The slides for the talk could be found at http://bit.ly/15fUdJR
    (+- 30 MB)