Cosmic Beats is our latest Sunday Spacelist on Spotify, chosen by plasma-physicist Matt Taylor, project scientist on ESA’s Rosetta comet-landing mission, which performed a detailed study of comet 67P. The mission was launched on 2 March 2004, on a 10-year journey towards comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. En route, it passed by two asteroids, 2867 Steins (in 2008) and 21 Lutetia (in 2010), before entering deep-space hibernation mode in June 2011. On 20 January 2014, it ‘woke up’ and prepared for arrival at the comet in August that year. On 12 November, the mission deployed its Philae probe to the comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat was achieved. ESA’s historic Rosetta mission concluded as planned, on 30 September 2016, with a controlled impact onto the comet it had been investigating for more than two years, resulting in a mountain of data that’s still being pored over and analysed to this day.
“This is the kind of thing I listen to when fiddling with code and processing data,” says Matt. “When I really need to ramp it up I go for a mix of gabber hardcore, jungle ragga and death metal.”
Check it out on Spotify! 

And if you’re looking for something to engage with while drinking in all that stereo-breaking mana, you can all about ESA’s remarkable Rosetta mission here, and for a snapshot of some of the awesome things ESA does to close the gap between space science and the arts, be sure to check out Ambition: a sci fi film inspired by it all.

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