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Rosetta: The essence and excitement of Rocket Science | Fred Jansen | TEDxHamburg

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Fred Jansen on rocket science at TEDxHamburg (http://www.tedxhamburg.de). Fred Jansen studied astrophysics at Amsterdam University, Netherlands. During his study he participated in a Leiden/MIT program which launched a balloon borne set of X-ray detectors observing the universe. After his PhD, on a thesis of X-ray observations of supernova remnants (the hot and bright remains of exploded stars), he worked on the development of one of the X-ray instruments for the XMM-Newton observatory. In 1995 he joined the European Space Agency and was appointed project scientist for this mission shortly afterwards. Following the launches of the Mars Express and Venus Express missions he also became mission manager for these projects. Fred was Rosetta mission manager of from June 2013 until February 2015. This period covered the hibernation exit, comet approach, landing and post-landing operations periods. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx