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This page showcases space images from various sources, missions and targets. These images change often so check back! PASSC News includes the activities the of PASSC team and updates to the Earth Impact Database.

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this is an image of teh asteroid Vesta
 

 

Target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Mission: Rosetta

Instrument: NAVCAM

Feature: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 329km from nucleus

Description:

"Enhanced NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 27 March 2016, 329 km from the comet nucleus. In February and March, Rosetta spent several weeks at very close distances from the comet nucleus, which overfilled the field of view of the NAVCAM, providing us with striking views of the surface. During the current excursion, instead, we can enjoy again a view of the full nucleus and the environment around it.

In this CometWatch image, the small comet lobe is on the left and the large one on the right. The image was taken at a very large phase angle of about 159 degrees, meaning that the comet lies between the spacecraft and the Sun, and that all three are very close to being on the same line.

In this configuration, the nucleus appears backlit, with only a few portions of the illuminated surface visible from this view – in the upper and upper right part of the nucleus.

Thanks to the combination of a long, four-second exposure, no attenuation filter and a low-gain setting on the analogue signal processor of NAVCAM (a setting that is used to image bright targets), the image reveals the bright environment of the comet, displaying beautiful outflows of activity streaming away from the nucleus in various directions."

Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM. Click here for image page and other images of Comet 67P/C-G.
Click here for further reading about this photo.

 

 

 

Target: S Rings

Mission: Cassini-Huygens

Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem – Narrow Angle

Feature: Saturn's Rings

Description:

"Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn's F ring. Filled with kinks, jets, strands and gores, the F ring has been sculpted by its two neighboring moons Prometheus (seen here) and Pandora. Even more amazing is the fact that the moons remain hard at work reshaping the ring even today.

Prometheus (53 miles, or 86 kilometers across) shapes the F ring through consistent, repeated gravitational nudges and occasionally enters the ring itself (clearing out material and creating a "gore" feature, see PIA12785). Although the gravitational force of Prometheus is much smaller than that of Saturn, even small nudges can tweak the ring particles' orbits to create new patterns in the ring.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 12 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 21 2016."

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute/ESA. Click here for image page, and click here for further reading about Saturn's rings.

 

PASSC News

March 2015

Lucy Thompson and John Spray attended the 46th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in the Woodlands, Texas from March 16-20, 2015.

Earth Impact Database (EID) updates this month. The Santa Marta structure in Brazil, the Hummeln structure in Sweden and the Suvasvesi S structure in Finland have been confirmed as craters and have been added to the database! Please check back in the coming weeks for updates to the EID webpages and maps that reflect these crater additions. This brings the total confirmed impact craters on Earth to 188.

Lucy Thompson gave an presentation about Mars and the Mars Science Laboratory mission to her niece's grade 4 class (New Maryland Elementary, approx. 40 students).

February 2015

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the Mars Science Laboratory All Hands Meeting and the APXS team meeting from February 3-4, 2015 in Pasadena, California.

November 2014

Lucy Thompson, Beverley Elliott, Suporn Boonsue and Karen Shea gave an tour of PASSC to rotating groups of gr 4 students from Park Street school (total 32 students). The learned about Mars, Curiosity Rover, meteorites and microscopes. They got to look at Mars images with 3D glasses, hold a piece of Mars and look at a mosquito trapped in amber under a microscope!

October 2014

Lucy Thompson gave an evening Let's Talk Science presentation about the Mars rover to a group of 20 students from Nashwaaksis Middle School.

Beverley Elliott presented at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of American (GSA) in Vancouver, BC, Canada from October 17-21, 2014. Her talk was entitled "Orbital and 3D Context of the MSL Curiosity Rover’s Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) data From Gale crater".

John Spray attend the 65th Annual Aeroballistic Range Association (ARA) Meeting 2014 in Arcachon, France from October 19 - 24.

Earth Impact Database updates this month. Målingen crater in Sweden has been confirmed and has been added to the database! Four craters have updated ages: Lockne, Neugrund, Clearwater East and Lappajärvi.

September 2014

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the Mars Science Laboratory All Hands Meeting and the APXS team meeting from September 15-18, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

August 2014

Lucy Thompson, graduate student Jessie Brown and two undergraduate field assistants went to the Manicouagan impact structure in Quebec for 5 weeks. It was another successful field season!

May 2014

Mission webpages updated.

April 2014

Catrina Russell hosted a group of Cub Scouts on April 16. She gave them a tour of the Quartermain Centre, gave them a mineral lesson and helped them with a meteorite craft.

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the Mars Science Laboratory All Hands Meeting and the APXS team meeting from April 15-17, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

March 2014

John Spray gave a presentation about the MSL Curiosity Rover to the William Brydone Jack Astronomy Club on March 11.

Lucy Thompson attended the 45th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in the Woodlands, Texas from March 17-21, 2014.

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