Rosetta Target Churyumov-Gerasimenko looks like a Contact Binary!
The Planetary Society reports that the asteroid Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta is aiming for is likely a contact binary. This means that it consist of two bodies. This will be the first time a contact binary will be visited. That makes it extra exciting for the Rosetta team, but the Philae lander team will have a harder time.
The Planetary Society based their report on the image above, which has now been taken down from the CNES website, as it was an unplanned release. In reaction ESA reports that it will release more material tomorrow. So let see what more exciting material awaits us!
In the mean time, let me propose we name one of the nuclei Churyumov, and the other Gerasimenko.

Rosetta Target Churyumov-Gerasimenko looks like a Contact Binary!

The Planetary Society reports that the asteroid Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta is aiming for is likely a contact binary. This means that it consist of two bodies. This will be the first time a contact binary will be visited. That makes it extra exciting for the Rosetta team, but the Philae lander team will have a harder time.

The Planetary Society based their report on the image above, which has now been taken down from the CNES website, as it was an unplanned release. In reaction ESA reports that it will release more material tomorrow. So let see what more exciting material awaits us!

In the mean time, let me propose we name one of the nuclei Churyumov, and the other Gerasimenko.

My paper is officially published, yeah!

If you have access to Elsevier papers (like through your university or something) and are interested, you can find it here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.06.020

(It is on space debris removal mission architecture)

ESA looking for director General

This is interesting, ESA has posted a vacancy for director general, the highest position in ESA. I guess this means that Jean-Jacques Dordain could be stepping down after 11 years.

The Vacancy (PDF) is posted here.

A LEGO Cosmodrome

You might have heard about Lego Cuusoo in the past. You might have heard that recently they approved a set of female lego scientist to go into production. Voting for new sets goes now through Lego Ideas. it is much the same, though the rules have changed a bit. Now a project has only 1 year to reach 10.000 votes. And user XCLD has compiled a set that really deserves to win.

He designed a cosmodrome, complete with Soyuz rocket and delivery train. How awesome is that!

Vote for this LEGO Ideas set!

wait a minute…. no I don’t think any black person was ever part of an ISS expedition… That is weird f*cked up.

"Vlad the astrophysicist" by Peter Mulvey.

Or Why we haven’t met those aliens.

I couldn’t find a Dutch Yuri’s night party, so I organized one myself, wanna join? Check out the facebook event

I couldn’t find a Dutch Yuri’s night party, so I organized one myself, wanna join? Check out the facebook event

I just got this send through, it is a NASA Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Space systems engineering. The course starts 3rd of march and will feature weekly assignments and online interaction with NASA staff, scientist and fellow students.

More info is here.

I’ve never done a MOOC, so I think I’ll try this one for starters.

Yeah! We made something for #WakeUpRosetta! And we are students from the TU Delft Space department/ Society Vis Viva.


Vote here or click here for more videos

How to join #WakeUpRosetta by JPL