Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sky Guy Internet ALERT 11/12/14 Tune In to NASA TV For HISTORIC Comet Landing Attempt

Hey Space Placers!

Here is the live feed from ESA
After 10 years and 4 billion miles, preparations by the European Space Agency (ESA) are underway right now for tomorrow's landing attempt by the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on Comet 67/P.

ESA is live streaming on the mission now.

The world will be holding its collective breath as this washing machine sized lander attempts to do what has never been done before - safely land on a comet. If successful, and this landing is by no means assured of success due to the hazardous conditions that will be encountered, Philae will conduct at least several days of science observations. The lander will photograph, sample and dig into the surface of the comet to analyze pristine cometary material.

The world should know if the landing was successful at 11:02 am EDT as that is when the touchdown signal will be received at Earth. That will be seven hours after detaching from the Rosetta orbiter.

NASA is flying 3 of the 16 instruments on the mission and NASA TV will begin live coverage at 9 pm EDT on 11/12/14. Be sure to tune in to history being made as it happens!

Can hardly wait - Go Philae!

Sky Guy in VA

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