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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Comets

There are some amazing things going on in the world of science this week. One of the most amazing to my mind is the Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and, super-amazing is the recording of the sounds of the comet's vibrations! The media has been calling it "singing."



The Mission's Philae lander finally came to a halt after bouncing!


This story is not without its suspense--on Friday there were reports that the lander was on its side, and that if it was not able to free itself, its solar panels wouldn't be able to charge the batteries and the Mission would come to a halt! It sounds like the plot for movie, doesn't it? Over the weekend, the lander went into standby mode, but it is hoped that when the comet changes position in relation to the sun, the panels will recharge.

The L. A. Times has a timeline for the Mission here.

For those kids who find the Rosetta Mission as fascinating as some of us adults do, they can learn all about comets in the books found in the J 523 or adult 523 sections:



Of course, once the Rosetta Mission returns, there will be a slew of new books to update our knowledge of comets!

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