The building blocks of life on Earth may have originated in space.
If the European Space Agency is successful, we'll be enjoying an exciting comet-landing mission blockbuster extravaganza in only 2-3 years!
Herbert Mehnert a Cline Scholar at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute spent his summer researching Comet Photometry and Morphology. Herbert was introduced to PARI by one of his college professors and jumped at the opportunity to work at the former NASA research institute.
On February 14, 2011, NASA encountered the comet Tempel 1 using the recycled Stardust spacecraft. For the first time in history, they visited the same comet twice – affording them the opportunity to observe changes in the icy body.
Nothing seems to capture the pure grandeur and extra-Earthly splendor of outer space like a comet…but at Chabot we like to bring things down to Earth a bit—not to diminish their wonder and awe-inspiring beauty, but rather to give us a chance to connect with pieces of the Universe in a personal way that—we hope—will only enhance their wonder.
Comet Holmes, photographed on October 24, 2007, shortly after its unexpected outburst. Credit: Conrad JungAt the risk of sounding a news flash that will be past history by the time it hits the web, I can't let the sudden and unexpectedly bold appearance of normally mild-mannered and unassuming Comet Holmes pass without comment. British astronomer, […]