Philae spacecraft landing place Commet 67P Surface Named Agilkia

Astronomy Science ~ Historian space one day will say "Agilkia" with the same awe as they say "Tranquility Base," where ...

Astronomy Science ~ Historian space one day will say "Agilkia" with the same awe as they say "Tranquility Base," where in 1969 the first man walked on the Moon.

Philae lander will touch down on the comet, called Agilkia point. In the past, this point is called the site 'J'. Agilkia after the island on the banks of the Nile in Egypt. Philae is scheduled Robot, made in the European union countries, will be released from Rosetta to Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

This release will be made on 12th November. If successful, this will be the first comet landing. Previously, nonexistent aircraft can land smoothly on the surface of the space objects are covered in ice.

The area in the red circle is the location of Philae spacecraft landing on the surface of Comet 67P. In the past, this location is called 'site j', now officially named Agilkia
Before starting to land Philae, the operations center controllers in the European space agency (ESA) in Darmstadt had to wait first. They were waiting for a positive signal emitted from the robot at a predetermined time. Previously, scientists at ESA has appointed one point called the point J. J is the region 'head' of Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko is identified as a duck-shaped comet.

Agilkia name is taken from the highest region in the south of the River Nile, Egypt. This is the place where the removal of the building - an ancient building in Egypt, including the Temple of the god Isis, from its original place, the island of Philae. The island was hit by flooding during the Aswan dam to be built in a few centuries ago.

Philae is also taken from the monument in the sinking island, along with the Rosetta stone, to trace the ancient hieroglyphics.

Name Agilkia also taken through the concept of voting. A total of 115 people suggested this name. Competition naming Agilkia foundation was followed by thousands of people. The proposer should name an essay in advance about the proposed name. Alexandre Brouste of France, made the jury was impressed with Agilkia name.

As a prize, Brouste will be invited to Darmstadt to witness the landing mission. Rosetta is currently 580 million kilometers from Earth. Philae landing process to Agilkia expected to take seven hours.

After landing, he will begin conducting a series of studies to analyze the composition and structure of the comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Data were taken Philae, including images, will be reflected to Rosetta's then transmitted to Earth. Scientists believe if this comet has a material basis of the formation of the solar system was formed from 4.5 million years ago.

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AstroNation: Philae spacecraft landing place Commet 67P Surface Named Agilkia
Philae spacecraft landing place Commet 67P Surface Named Agilkia
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