Scientists review possible landing sites on comet 67P
The ESA’s Rosetta team has chosen several possible landing sites on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the lander Philae. Each site has promising base characteristics, though as this is a first of a kind landing there is more analysis.
“Dr. Stanley Love, NASA Astronaut and Asteroid Scientist, presented this lecture at the Keck Institute for Space Studies on August 12, 2014”
Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus burns on reentry and we get to see it -
Orbital Sciences’ cargo spacecraft Cygnus completed its resupply mission on August 18th aboard the ISS, and as planned as the craft reentered Earth atmosphere it disintegrated. The Astronauts aboard the ISS were able to capture some amazing photos of the craft as a fireball.
Comet C/2013 A1 will make a close pass of Mars on Oct 19, 2014, passing at a distance of ~82,000m (132,000km). NASA will move the Mars Orbiting spacecraft to the opposite side of the planet during the pass, to protect them from debris.
“At about 32 million light-years from Earth, it is a type of very active galaxy known as a Seyfert galaxy — a classification that accounts for 10% of all galaxies. They have very bright, luminous centres comparable to that of our galaxy, the Milky Way.”