Did you know that the Rosetta Mission spacecraft is due to be “woken up” on Monday, January 20th? (How cool is that?!) It has been in space for nearly 12 years, orbiting Earth, Mars, and some asteroids, and collecting loads of data since the European Space Agency launched it in 2004. Then in June of 2011, it went into deep space hibernation-mode….
Join Exploratorium scientists Paul Doherty and Isabel Hawkins for a LIVE webcast on the Rosetta Mission TODAY, Saturday, January 18 at 1pm. Learn details of the mission as it continues on its journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. Rosetta will follow the comet on its journey through the inner solar system, measuring the increase in activity as the sun warms its icy surface. The first images of the comet are expected in May.
From the “shmeaty” goodness of a test-tube hamburger to the glimmer of water on Mars, it’s been a year in science to remember—and in some cases (yep, we’re talking to you, comet ISON) to forget. Here are some of our picks for the year in science. We’ll share one of our top science stories each day of the first week of 2014. See them all at #2013SciencePicks.
5. Water on Mars
After celebrating its first anniversary on Mars, NASA’s car-sized Curiosity rover sent a gift back to Earth, discovering water in the Martian soil—along with other evidence that the Martian environment was once habitable. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mars/main/
On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance. A case in point is a shiny-looking rock seen in a recent image from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover. Join us live, online tomorrow, February 20, 2013, at 4:00p.m. PST to learn about Curiosity’s latest findings.
Today is the day! We Staff, and all of our stuff, have to be out of the Palace of Fine Arts by 5pm today. Monday AM, Exploratorium Staff show up to work at our new location at Pier 15. We are literally… on the move.
First NASA analysis of soil samples from Mars Curiosity mission released this week! Hear from our Senior Scientist, Dr. Paul Doherty, who reports from the American Geological Union (AGU) conference in San Francisco to learn what they’ve found.
Loving this museum participatory project from American Museum of Natural History from the 1950s. Read the letters that were written by the public and sent in, hoping to reserve themselves spots on the first trip into space!