The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will deploy its lander,
Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on
Philae’s landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the
smaller of the comet’s two ‘lobes’, with a backup site on the larger
lobe. The sites were selected just six weeks after Rosetta arrived at
the comet on 6 August, following its 10-year journey through the Solar
In that time, the Rosetta mission has been conducting an unprecedented
scientific analysis of the comet, a remnant of the Solar System’s
4.6 billion-year history. The latest results from Rosetta will be
presented on the occasion of the landing, during dedicated press
The main focus to date has been to survey 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in
order to prepare for the first ever attempt to soft-land on a comet.
On October 7, 2014 [Manila time], active regions on the sun gave it the
appearance of a jack-o'-lantern. This image is a blend of 171 and 193
angstrom light as captured by the NASA-Solar Dynamics Observatory.
It looks like the Moon isn't the only heavenly body giving the skies a creepy feel this month.
last Wednesday's "Blood Moon" comes the "Pumpkin Sun" as captured by
the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration last Wednesday,
Last Wednesday, the moon took on a blood-colored appearance during a total lunar eclipse.
regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s
face on Oct. 8, 2014. The active regions appear brighter because those
are areas that emit more light and energy – markers of an intense and
complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the
corona," NASA's Goodard Space Flight Center said.
Much fanfare accompanied the Sept. 25, 2010, launch of the Air
Force’s Space Based Space Surveillance satellite. The $833 million craft
was finally going up to do its job: monitor orbiting items from space
itself, free of the time constraints and atmospheric interference that
hamper its earthbound counterpart, the Space Fence. Its 30-centimeter
telescope, mounted on a two-axis gimbal, would help keep tabs on
satellites as far away as geosynchronous orbit as well as thousands of
bits of space junk closer in. The builders said SBSS would be on the job
within 60 days, and forecast a working life of at least 5½ years.
after launch, the satellite passed over the South Atlantic, and things
went awry. The satellite was hit by radiation that sent the sensors
reeling and knocked out an electronics board payload. Suddenly, the
expensive, specially-designed satellite could no longer do what it was
The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this
year’s international astronomy photography competition. The
observatory’s annual free exhibition,
which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky,
ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. British
photographer James Woodend beat over a thousand amateur and professional
photographers to win the top prize.
Philae’s primary landing site will target Site J, the centre of which
is indicated by the cross in this OSIRIS narrow-angle image.
J is located on the head of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and is
close to the candidate site B, the large depression to the right of the
Site J offers the minimum risk to the lander in comparison
to the other candidate sites, and is also scientifically interesting,
with signs of activity nearby. At Site J, the majority of slopes are
less than 30º relative to the local vertical, reducing the chances of
Philae toppling over during touchdown. Site J also appears to have
relatively few boulders and receives sufficient daily illumination to
recharge Philae and continue science operations on the surface beyond
the initial battery-powered phase.