A scientist behind the attempted comet landing got started on his physics career in Liverpool.

Matt Taylor is the project scientist of a European Space Agency team attempting to land a probe from the satellite Rosetta onto a space rock. He is originally from London but earned his undergraduate degree in Physics at The University of Liverpool.

Dr Taylor and other scientists helped land the fridge-sized probe Philae, which  touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – which travels at 34,000mph.

It was the first soft landing on a comet in the history of a space flight – a feat likened to throwing a hammer from London and hitting a nail with it in Delhi.

After leaving the University of Liverpool he earned his PhD at Imperial College London in space plasma physics.

The Rosetta mission was launched in 2004 and took ten years to get to the comet, which is between Mars and Jupiter.