Newscientist reports on data from the Rosetta Space Probe, indicating that Comet 67P smells of a mixture of, cat urine, rotten eggs, and bitter almonds.
Apparently this means it's good news because the spectrometers on Rosetta weren't expected to detect such a variety until it got closer to the Sun. The spectrometer shows the molecules behind the smell are hydrogen sulphide, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide, mixed up with the frozen water and carbon dioxide of the comet.
Newscientist reports on Chinese efforts to launch a probe to the moon, which launched on the 23rd October, and return it to Earth.
The Chang'e 5-T1 mission will fly around the back of the moon and return to Earth, the mission should take 8 days, which means it should have returned yesterday, if all goes to plan. This mission is a forerunner to a future mission in 2017 where the CNSA (Chinese National Space Administration) will launch a lander that will collect 2 kilograms of soil and rock from the surface of the moon. This is a chance for the CNSA to test the heat shield on the return vehicle.
The spacecraft is also going to be carrying bacterial and plant samples to see what happens when exposed to radiation from beyond low Earth orbit.
Source (New Scientist)
NASA has announced finding several objects in the Kuiper belt that could be targets for the New Horizons Spacecraft.
The Kuiper belt is a region of space beyond the outer most planets that is similar to the asteroid belt but much larger. Some of the objects in the Kuiper belt as expected to be the size of large moons.
According to Wikipedia:
"New Horizons is a NASA space probe launched to study the dwarf planet Pluto, its natural satellites and one or two Kuiper Belt objects, depending on which are in position to be explored."
What is interesting is that the large objects in the Kuiper belt, could be potential future colonies for humanity, after the inner planets have been colonized, and the moons of the gas giants. One of the issues of colonizing one of these objects so far from the sun would be overcoming the immense cold as well as having so little sunlight to grow food with. The New Horizons space probe will help us determine potential candidates.
Source (FutureTimeline) (Wikipedia)
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