Friday, October 17, 2014
Philae will be first man-made object to land on a comet-Name the landing site contest!
You might find this of interest to do with your students.
You have until October 22nd to submit a name for the Rosetta Mission's Landing Site. On November 12, a European Space Agency hopes to land a space probe, Philae, onto a comet. If successful, it will be the first landing of a man-made object onto a comet. The mission is known as Rosetta and was launched in 2004. This past August, the probe arrived at the comet. It is hoped that much information will be learned as the probe orbits along with the comet around the sun. Scientists also hope that the landing of the smaller probe onto the comet's surface will help them learn more about the composition of a comet. The comet is called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. You are asked to suggest a name(not a person) and give a short explanation for your selection as to why you think SITE J should be the best choice for the location. Go to this link to learn more. http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Name_Rosetta_mission_s_landing_site_competition_rules The winning name will be announced on November 3rd.
The "selfie" of the Rossetta is from Rosetta.esa.int
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