SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 19 Episode 62 - Philae Found!

Sep 09, 2016, 11:49 AM

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*Philae found Rosetta’s missing Philae lander has finally been found – less than a month before the end of the spacecraft’s historic mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The tiny lander went missing during its touchdown on the surface of the five kilometre wide comet back in November 2014.

*New Trans Neptunian objects found in the search for Planet Nine Astronomers searching the outer solar system for a proposed ninth planet have detected several never-before-seen small trans Neptunian objects at extreme distances from the Sun in the outer solar system. The new discoveries could help planet hunters narrow down the size and distance from the Sun of the predicted ninth planet.

*Scientists predict the existence of a new force particle to explain dark matter Physicists say a new theoretical particle called the Madala boson might help explain dark matter. Understanding dark matter is one of the biggest puzzles in science today.

*Sentinel-1A Struck by Space Debris The European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A Earth Observation has been damaged by impacting space junk. On August 23rd something crashed into one of the spacecraft’s solar arrays.

*Expedition 48 returns home Three expedition 48 crew members have returned safely to Earth following their 172 day mission aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-20 M capsule parachuted down to an early morning landing of the windswept Kazakhstan Step three hours and 22 minutes after undocking from the orbiting outpost’sPoisk docking module.

*Dragon splashdown A SpaceX dragon cargo ship carrying over 1400 kilograms of scientific experiments and equipment has successfully splashed down in the North Pacific Ocean less than six hours after undocking from the International Space Station. The Dragon CRS-9 capsule had been berthed at the orbiting outpost for just over a month on a resupply mission.

*Skywatch Jonathan Nally is the editor of Australian Sky and Telescope magazine joins us to check out the night skies of September on Skywatch.

*NASA successfully test-fires its new rocket engine NASA has successfully tested its RS-25 rocket engine which will power the agency’s massive new Space Launch System -- SLS rocket designed for deep space missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The seven and a half minute full thrust engine test took place at NASA’s Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi.

*New rocket engine record set NASA and the United States Naval Research Lab have just set a new Guinness World record for the most rocket engines installed on a single launch vehicle. The Charged Aerosol Release Experiment rocket was fitted with 44 small rocket engines.

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