Small Step? Giant Leap?

Posted: November 13, 2014 in Tech
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Hey guys! Did you have a good day yesterday? I guess I just did the same old stuff. Nothing exciting that I can think of. Unless you count watching Winter Solider as exciting. Ok, I want to try something a little different with today’s blog. Let me know what you think.


Yesterday, November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency successfully performed what is being deemed a technological feat. They managed to land the spacecraft, Philae, on a comet better known as 67P. Philae’s journey consisted of traveling a whopping 6.4 billion miles, which took 10 years. Weighing in at about 220 pounds it would be like trying to free fall a washing machine on its surface.

Even with all the planning that went into this mission, problems are likely to occur. Noted by the probes tweets, the harpoons that were set to deploy on landing to secure the probe to 67P’s surface did not deploy.

The probe tweeted:

  • “Touchdown! My new address: 67P!”
  • “I’m on the surface but my harpoons did not fire.”

They are hoping to find information on the early solar system, as well as find out about our home. We can finally research and conclude if  comets hit Earth in its early years and seeding us with what would eventually be our oceans and other bodies of water.

Rosetta Mission

  • What were the conditions like at its infancy?
  • How did it evolve?
  • What role did comets play in this evolution?
  • How do comets work?”

The spaceship is named after the Rosetta Stone, an inscribed piece of volcanic rock found in Egypt in 1799 that allowed scientists to decipher hieroglyphics and thus understand the ancient Egyptian culture, ESA said. The lander is named after an island in the Nile River where an obelisk was found that helped decipher the Rosetta Stone, ESA said. –CNN

The agency’s director general, Jean-Jacques Dordain, described the touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a 2.5-mile-wide ball of rock, ice and dust moving faster than 40,000 miles an hour, as “a big step for human civilization.” –NYT

According to reports there were complications with the landing and that it might have in fact bounced off the surface before officially landing on the surface of 67P. In a good spirit Dr. Ulamec said, “Maybe today we didn’t just land once, we even landed twice”

67P and Philae are currently 310 million miles from Earth but within the next year, by next summer, they are expected to approach the Sun and be only 112 million miles away.


Discovered: September 20,1969

Its orbit takes 2,398 days(6.5years)


What do you guys think of all this?


Have a great day guys!


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