ESA, Rosetta Mission partners invite names for landing site

Rosetta Mission partners and ESA have decided to invite entries for names for the Rosetta Missions Landing site.

Washington: Rosetta Mission partners and ESA have decided to invite entries for names for the Rosetta Missions Landing site.

The first soft landing of a human-made object on Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where Lander Philae will be landing by November 12 at present is called J site.

After the winning proposal is decided, the site shall be renamed with winners' entry name.

The missions partners have suggested the rules as, the name that must be suggested must not be the name of a person and shall be accompanied with a short description, so as to explain why this would the appropriate name for such a historical spot.

A jury of the Philae Steering Committee shall select the best entry and the winning proposer will also be allowed to follow the landing in person from ESA's mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany on 12 November.

The competition opens on October 17 and will run until 22 October and the winner will be announced on 3 November on the main Rosetta web page.