[meteorite-list] Your Chance To Name A Comet Landing Site

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:50:31 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201410172350.s9HNoVhA012497_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Your Chance To Name A Comet Landing Site
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
October 16, 2014

Ever want to get in on the celestial feature-naming action? Now is your
chance. The European Space Agency is inviting the public to suggest a
name for the site where the Rosetta mission's Philae lander will touch
down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. The winner of the
competition will have an opportunity to travel to the European Space Operations
Center in Darmstadt, Germany, to follow the landing live from the mission's
control center.

The competition will end on Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT). The winner
will be announced on Nov. 3 on the main Rosetta web page:


For details of the competition and to enter, visit:


Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated in January 2014 after
a record 957 days in hibernation. Composed of an orbiter and lander, Rosetta's
objectives since arriving at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko earlier this
month have been to study the celestial object up close in unprecedented
detail, prepare for landing a probe on the comet's nucleus in November,
and following the landing, track the comet's changes as it sweeps past
the sun.

Comets are time capsules containing primitive material left over from
the epoch when our sun and its planets formed. Rosetta's lander will obtain
the first images taken from a comet's surface and will provide comprehensive
analysis of the comet's possible primordial composition by drilling into
the surface. Rosetta also will be the first spacecraft to witness at close
proximity how a comet changes as it is subjected to the increasing intensity
of the sun's radiation. Observations will help scientists learn more about
the origin and evolution of our solar system and the role comets may have
played in seeding Earth with water, and perhaps even life.

Rosetta is a European Space Agency mission with contributions from its
member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae lander is provided by a consortium
led by the German Aerospace Center, Cologne; Max Planck Institute for
Solar System Research, Gottingen; National Center of Space Studies of
France (CNES), Paris; and the Italian Space Agency, Rome. NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, California, a division of the California Institute
of Technology, manages the U.S. participation in the Rosetta mission for
NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information on the U.S. instruments aboard Rosetta, visit:


More information about Rosetta is available at:


Media Contact
DC Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
agle at jpl.nasa.gov

Dwayne Brown
NASA Headquarters, Washington
dwayne.c.brown at nasa.gov

Markus Bauer
European Space Agency, Noordwijk, Netherlands
markus.bauer at esa.int

Received on Fri 17 Oct 2014 07:50:31 PM PDT

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