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Rosetta mission identifies landing site 07.11.14

Telegraph: Philae lander scheduled to touch down at ‘Agilkia’ on comet

As a tribute to an island in the Egyptian Nile, the Philae lander’s touchdown site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been named Agilkia. The island is the current home of the Temple of Isis, alongside a number of Ancient Egyptian buildings, which were moved there from Philae last century to avoid the risk of flooding.

Fred Jansen, the Rosetta mission manager from the European Space Agency, is quoted in the Telegraph as saying that “the relocation of the temples of Philae Island to Agilkia Island was an ambitious technical endeavour performed in the 1960s and 1970s to preserve an archaeological record of our ancient history.”

“It couldn’t be a more appropriate name.”

To find out more about the Rosetta comet lander, read last month’s blog post here

Read the full story from the Telegraph here