Rosetta's Comet Touchdown

On 27 April 2010, I met Martijn Boogaarts for the first time. He had been indicated to me by Steven Canvin from the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® team.

I was working on an educational project around the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta Lander, involving making a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® model of the lander that would resemble the real lander as close as possible and that could simulate some functionalities. I wanted to use it for an educational film. Detlef Koschny from ESA, and his son Julius, had made a nice prototype a few months earlier, but I needed specialists now to make a full working model.

I had managed to get the project supported by ESA, the German Aerospace Center, Europlanet and the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® team and so the time had come to start the preparations for the film.

In the next two months I visited Martijn and his two friends and colleague LEGO® MINDSTORMS® specialists Gerrit Bronsveld and Eric Steenstra regularly, following and recording their progress.

Here is the film that tells the story and shows what drives three grown-up men to play with LEGO.

The film is now part of the pilot educational kit 'Rosetta's Comet Touchdown'. See vimeo.com/channels/rosettascomettouchdown for all details, links to Press Releases and all other films in the kit.

Produced by Lightcurvefilms (© 2010).

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the MINDSTORMS logo, the Brick and Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2010 The LEGO Group.

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ROSETTA'S COMET TOUCHDOWN is a pilot educational project about space exploration. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, the pilot kit comprises a model of the ESA Rosetta lander, Philae, a film explaining the scientific and technical aspects of the mission and a set of Interdisciplinary Activities Sheets with suggestions for how to use the materials. The kit is aimed for ages 15+. You can download the pdf of the Interdisciplinary Activity


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ROSETTA'S COMET TOUCHDOWN is a pilot educational project about space exploration. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, the pilot kit comprises a model of the ESA Rosetta lander, Philae, a film explaining the scientific and technical aspects of the mission and a set of Interdisciplinary Activities Sheets with suggestions for how to use the materials. The kit is aimed for ages 15+. You can download the pdf of the Interdisciplinary Activity Sheets from lightcurvefilms.com/Rosettas_Comet_Touchdown/Rosettas_Comet_Touchdown_IAS.pdf.
Please refer to contacts in the contact list found on page 2 of the Sheets for how to get the complete set of supporting documents.

Here you will find all video material related to this project. Enjoy!

The kit was extensively tested by students at the Széchenyi István Gimnázium in Sopron, Hungary, during the first few months of 2011. Some of their results are also posted here on the channel in the form of two videos produced by them.

The kit was first presented and tested at the Engineering Faculty of the Univ. of Rome La Sapienza, on 21 September 2010. See here for the Press Releases from ESA, Europlanet and DLR as well as the contact details for inquireies (in the DLR Press Release):
esa.int/esaCP/SEMN40NO7EG_index_0.html , europlanet-eu.org/outreach/ and dlr.de/en/DesktopDefault.aspx/tabid-1/86_read-26696/ .

The project is based on an original idea from Steven Canvin (LEGO® MINDSTORMS® team), Maarten Roos (Lightcurve Films) and Detlef Koschny (ESA).

The films are produced by Lightcurve Films.

The project is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the European Planetology Network and the LEGO Group, LEGO® MINDSTORMS® team.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the MINDSTORMS logo, the Brick and Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2010 The LEGO Group.

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