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2015 McCrea Lecture

The 2015 McCrea lecture entitled Are Comets the Giver and Taker of Life? was given by Professor Monica Grady, CBE, Faculty of Science, The Open University

In November 2014 the European Space Agency landed a probe on one of the building blocks of our Solar System, i.e. a comet.  As a member of the science team, Professor Monica Grady was at mission control when the landing occurred.  In her talk she introduced the topic of comets and explained why some people think they may have led to life on Earth and possibly its destruction through mass extinctions. She also gave a personal account of the Rosetta Mission, her involvement with it, and discussed some of its latest results.

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