Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Professor Combi on Detroit’s Channel 4 news

Posted: October 21, 2014

Professor Combi on Detroit’s Channel 4 news

AOSS Alumnus and Channel 4 Meteorologist Paul Gross interviewed Professor Mike Combi about the Rosetta mission.

On November 12, Rosetta will deploy a lander named Philae onto the surface of Comet 67P. Philae’s instruments will obtain the first images from a comet’s surface and make the first in situ analysis to find out what the comet is made of.

“One of the instruments that we’re involved with here [at U-M] is a mass spectrometer on the orbiter, and we’re already getting some information about the composition of the gases that are coming off,” Combi told Gross. “It’s like we took the material at the origin of the solar system and put it in a freezer and saved it for four and a half billion years so that we can analyze it now,” Combi continued.

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