Rosetta Mission Landing Site Has A New Name: Agilkia

November 4, 2014 2:30 PM

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Rosetta Mission Landing Site Has A New Name: Agilkia

With just eight days remaining until Rosetta’s Philae lander is scheduled to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P/C-G), the actual landing site has been rechristened from Site J to Agilkia, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Tuesday.

According to the agency, the new moniker is in honor of Agilkia Island, an island located on the Nile River in southern Egypt. A complex of ancient Egyptian buildings, including the Temple of Isis, was relocated to Agilkia from the island of Philae when the latter was flooded during the building of ...

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