Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Champollion: Rosetta stone
Jean François . 1790--1832, French Egyptologist, who deciphered the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta stone
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Champollion(shahm-poh -lee-awn) A US mission to comet Tempel 1 (1879 III) planned by NASA for launch in 2003. It would have arrived at the end of 2005 and released a lander to collect a sample of the comet's nucleus for return to Earth. The project was stopped for financial reasons while still in the planning stage. See Rosetta; Stardust.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006