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Rosetta Landing Site Officially Named

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posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 08:00 AM
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The landing site for Rosetta has been officially named Agilkia.




The landing site, previously known as ‘Site J’, is named for Agilkia Island, an island on the Nile River in the south of Egypt. A complex of Ancient Egyptian buildings, including the famous Temple of Isis, was moved to Agilkia from the island of Philae when the latter was flooded during the building of the Aswan dams last century.

The name was selected by a jury comprising members of the Philae Lander Steering Committee as part of a public competition run 16–22 October by ESA and the German, French and Italian space agencies.

Agilkia was one of the most popular entries – it was proposed by over 150 participants. The committee selected Alexandre Brouste from France as the overall winner. As a prize, Mr Brouste will be invited to ESA’s Space Operations Control Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, to follow the landing live.


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So what do you all think of the name for the landing site?

In my opinion, it's quite appropriate since the name of the lander is Philae, which is the name of a Ancient Egyptian Temple that was originally located on that island, but was moved in 1960 to the island of Agilkia because of flooding from the Aswan Dam

I'm sure you've noticed a theme here: Spacecraft name: Rosetta. Lander Name: Philae. Landing Site name: Agilkia. Imaging system on the spacecraft is called: OSIRIS, hehehehe. Love all the Egyptian names.

Here are some more images of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko Taken on November 5th and 6th respectively:



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This mosaic comprises four individual NAVCAM images taken from 33.4 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 2 November. The image resolution is 2.68 m/pixel and thus each original 1024 x 1024 pixel frame measured 2.7 km across. The mosaic has been slightly rotated and cropped and covers 4.1 x 4.1 km: some contrast enhancement has been applied.




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An image of a portion of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko obtained on 30 October, 2014 by Rosetta's OSIRIS scientific imaging system from a distance of approximately 30 kilometres. At this distance, the image scale is approximately 0.5 metres/pixel, so the image measures about 1.1 km across.




posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 08:02 AM
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Those pictures are magnificent - that's a comet! What an innovative creature we humans are.

I would have named it Bob, but hey, whatdoIknow.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 08:24 AM
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a reply to: eriktheawful

Let me ask you a question you probably never pondered. I can see you are a space junkie.

When we come across something new, and we give it a name.

What do you think those who came across it before us, named it.

We are like a bear in the mountain, we think the mountain is ours, after all we live on it, but what about people, what about countries, what about entire regions.

For all we know, our entire solar system is property of XYZ corporation 500 million years old ???



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 08:28 AM
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a reply to: WineWithIce5

As a "space junkie", why would you think I've never pondered that question?

Most celestial objects that were visible to the naked eye here on Earth were named by people before modern times, but their names for those objects (at least from the civilizations that were able to record such things) were kept.

Look at the names of the planets from Mercury to Jupiter. Later, using telescopes, the outer planet naming was kept in the spirit of the names of the other planets.

We might very well be "owned" by some alien corp from 500 million years ago. But, where are they now?



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 11:39 AM
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They merged with the Rockefeller corp.......thanks for the updater....im not big on names though.....it is what it is...........
edit on 9-11-2014 by stirling because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 11:45 AM
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a reply to: stirling

Ha!!

You sure it wasn't Bill Gates???




I could hear him now: "Hey! Get off my comet! That's my private property!"



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 11:46 AM
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originally posted by: eriktheawful
So what do you all think of the name for the landing site?

What I think is that it's one more piece of evidence that the space agencies have an obsession with ancient Egypt and ancient Sumeria. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the continued theme in these space programs and even within the agencies themselves is hard to miss. The book 'Dark Mission' talks about NASAs ancient Egyptian running theme. It makes me think of wrinkles in time and it makes me wonder if in our future we become our own ancient space visitors in the past. But perhaps that's a discussion for metaphysics.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 11:57 AM
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a reply to: Jainine

Hmmmm. Interesting.

With NASA I would have thought it more Greek/Roman:

Mercury program, Gemini program, Apollo program.

Some of the rocket names like Atlas and Aries.

Their newest craft for astronauts is named Orion, who was a greek deity.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:00 PM
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a reply to: eriktheawful
That too. I probably should have just said that the space programs are all infatuated with the ancient cultures. Dark Mission talks about it and gives some really good anecdotal evidence as well as a tone of 'coincidence' type things that really bring it home.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:01 PM
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The pictures are amazing.
It should be noted that 67P is not a visitor from the outer reaches of the Solar System. It orbits between the orbit of Jupiter and Mars, every 6.4 years.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:03 PM
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a reply to: Jainine

Sounds like a good idea for a thread to me: Show each space agency around the world and the names they used. I think it would make for an interesting ready.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:04 PM
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a reply to: Phage

Yep, it's more of a "cross the street" neighbor rather than a long periodic comet that would be more of a lives across town neighbor.

I'm really excited about the landing and can't wait to see how it goes!



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:05 PM
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a reply to: eriktheawful
Actually, you're incorrect about Orion.
In Greek mythology, Orion was the name of a mortal hunter that gained the favor of Diana, the Goddess of the Hunt. Hera was jealous and sent a giant scorpion to sting him, which it did, and it killed him. In her grief, Diana put Orion in the sky along with the scorpion, which was placed on the opposite side of the night sky, so they revolve around one another, reminding us of their anicent battle.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:05 PM
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a reply to: eriktheawful
Yup.
Right up there with the landing of the MSL. And just as scary.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:16 PM
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a reply to: HomerinNC

You're right, my mistake.

And considering many of the Orion books I read from Ben Bova (and got him to sign them too), I should have remembered that!



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:20 PM
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a reply to: Phage

Ready for next year's excitement too!

March: Dawn arrives at Ceres, can't wait to see the images of it.

July: New Horizon fly by of Pluto. Really going to be wild to finally see what it looks like up close and personal.



posted on Nov, 9 2014 @ 12:29 PM
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Really great pictures....the clarity is awesome.
It's good to have something so exciting happening in space !



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