David Morrisons NEO NEWS (28 Oct 2014)
COMET SIDING SPRING ENCOUNTER WITH MARS
Comet Siding Spring came close enough to Mars that its visible coma barely brushed the planet. This is the closest comet encounter with either Earth or Mars ever observed. Several spacecraft in orbit around Mars observed the comet flyby.
Images were taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Oct. 19, 2014. Comet Siding Spring is on its first trip this close to the Sun from the Oort
NEOShield Progress Meeting and Formal Review 2014
In the beginning of October the NEOShield Progress Meeting and Formal Review has been successfully held at the Airbus DS premisis in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
During this three day activity
David Morrisons NEO NEWS (02 Oct 2014)
NASA INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON NEO PROGRAM
In a widely reported news item, the NASA IG criticized the NASA NEO Program within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. The primary concerns were lack of program oversight as the NEO program funding has increased from $10M to $20M to $40M. The report also noted that the NASA program is unlikely to meet its goal of finding 90 percent of NEAs larger than 140m by 2020.
ESA indicated Rosetta’s lander Philae primary landing site
Yesterday ESA indicated the site where Philae, Rosetta’s lander, is going to land next November 11, 2014. During the Landing Site Selection group meeting on 13-14 September, the “J” site, its currently name, has been unanimously chosen from five