GOOD LUCK! I can hardly believe the day has finally come – it’s been a long time!
Update: Landing confirmed. Harpoons did not fire, investigation in progress. The one way radio travel time is a bit over 28 minutes – each way.
ESA is reporting all is well with Philae is in good shape despite the harpoons.
If you see no video above it is because ESA isn’t broadcasting at the time.
Check out the Rosetta Blog and for last second updates.
Just three days away.
This is Friday’s press conference with Rosetta mission experts hosted by Emily Baldwin, ESA space science editor / Rosetta Blog
The video is in distinct segments of about 15 minutes and questions at the end.
Introduction and mission plans fellowed by Science at 15 minutes, Landing at 30 minutes and Summary at 45 followed by questions.
Voyager’s look at clouds on Neptune. Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / NASA Planetary Photojournal
The bit of an interlude in the ESA’s Comet watch blog is a good time to look at some of Voyager 2’s images of Neptune. This is one of my favorites. I don’t really know if there is more than coincidence that the New Horizon’s spacecraft crossed the Neptune orbit 29 years almost to the day after Voyager started its Neptune encounter.
There is a lot of comparisons being drawn between the New Horizon’s and Voyager missions. Hey I’m on board with it. If I had my way there would be a “Le Verrier” or “Galle” spacecraft, a Neptune analog of the Cassini spacecraft in orbit right now.
In case you were wondering what was going on with Rosetta, everything is fine. Mission managers are looking at images from as close as 50 km trying to select the best landing spot. New images will be posted shortly.
This image comes from NASA’s Solar System Exploration (and Planetary Photojournal) site:
This Voyager 2 high resolution color image, taken 2 hours before closest approach, provides obvious evidence of vertical relief in Neptune’s bright cloud streaks.