Looking back: 1994

In 1994, I finished up a three-year lecturing contract at the National University of Singapore, and returned to Australia. That year saw the launch of the Netscape Navigator web browser (I wrote my first web page) and the opening of the Channel Tunnel between France and the UK (I was to take a train through that tunnel some years later). A plethora of movies was released – Stargate was one of the better ones:

In science, the Wollemi pine was discovered in Australia, stirring up a media frenzy. Martin Chalfie transferred the jellyfish gene for green fluorescent protein to the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, eventually sharing in the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this work. And Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, leaving visible marks in the Jovian atmosphere:

In France, the Chauvet Cave was discovered. It contains cave art dated to around 30,000 years ago. And superb art it is – those ancient cavemen knew a thing or two:

Rosetta gears up for comet landing

The Rosetta spacecraft, which has been giving us such lovely pictures of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, has picked a landing site for the Philae probe. The probe is due to land on November 12, and is likely to tell us some interesting things about comets. The video below is from NMANewsDirect.

Rosetta arrives

The Rosetta spacecraft has, after 10 years, arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. I’m looking forward to seeing better photographs of the comet than the Hubble image above, and a clearer idea of what comets are actually made of.

Update: and here is a lovely picture of the comet, with more here.