spacecraft will make a historic encounter with asteroid (2867)
Steins on 5 September 2008. The doors of
ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany,
will be open to the World's media on Friday, 5 September 2008 to
follow the fly-by events.
Steins is Rosetta's first nominal scientific target. The spacecraft
will rendezvous with the asteroid in the course of
its first incursion into the asteroid belt located between the
orbits of Mars and Jupiter, while on its way to comet
The study of asteroids is extremely important as they represent a
sample of Solar System material at different stages
of evolution - key to understanding the origin of our own planet and
of our planetary neighbourhood.
The closest approach to Steins is due to take place on 5 September
2008 at 20:38 CEST (Central European Summer Time), from a
distance of 800 km, during which the spacecraft will not be
communicating with Earth.
originally from Liverpool, is responsible for the Lander’s
operations during the Flyby of asteroid Steins. He told us:-
“Everybody on the team is very excited right now. This is the first
of three science objectives during the ten year mission which was
launched in 2004, and we’re hoping for some great results.”
The first ground contact with the
spacecraft and announcement of successful fly-by will take place at
22:23 CEST. The first data and images collected by
Rosetta will be sent to Earth throughout the night of 5 September to 6
September and will undergo preliminary processing in the
morning of 6 September 2008.
The first images will be made available
Saturday, 6 September 2008 (details will be given on
SOUTHPORT BOY STEPS FORWARD TO MAKE A GREAT SAVE AT MANCHESTER CITY
JOSEPH Ball, aged 6, from Southport, Merseyside, stepped forward to
make a number of great saves at Manchester City’s first home game of
the season against West Ham last Sunday.
To celebrate the launch of the new Manchester City health plan from
Health Sure, fans at the stadium were invited to don a pair of
oversized goalie gloves and make a series of great saves from shots
fired by the Health Sure promotional team for their chance to win a
number of great prizes.
Mirroring the team’s excellent performance on the pitch, Joseph
saved three shots on target and will go forward into an exclusive
draw to win the chance to watch the Manchester City squad in
training at Carrington.
The stadium event marks the start of Health Sure’s partnership with
Manchester City Football Club. The two ‘teams’ have
come together to design a health plan to help keep fans healthy, well
and fit to support City.
Minor JFL New 2008/09 Season
THESE are the
first 11 a side fixtures for September 08, plus the JFL mini
fixtures in a down loadable pdf format.
here to read now Fixtures
here to read now Mini Fixtures