Rosetta's Comet Landing

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    It worked.:D

    'Touchdown! My new address is 67P!'

    Congratulations to all who made it happen.
     
  5. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Apparently the harpoons intended to anchor the craft to the surface did not fire, though I'm not sure how necessary they are since the craft can also screw its feet into the surface of the comet.

    Cant' wait to see some photos.
     
  6. mooblie macrumors 6502

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    There you go:

    [​IMG]

    Taken as it descended - apparently right on target! Go Philae!
     
  7. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Way cool!

    Not bad for a robot that had to twiddle its thumbs in space for ten years and then spring into action!
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    All with less computational power than an iPhone proberly
     
  9. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    This might be the biggest engineering project ever. Fly 10 years to catch up to a speeding comet and attempt a landing.

    So Rosetta landed on a stone. :D:D :p
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Landing on a comet is cool but it dsent top voyager 1
     
  11. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    Two different missions. Voyager is going in a straight line out of the solar system. Rosetta had a target that it had to hit with pinpoint accuracy. They are both great achievements.
     
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    If the lander is like the youth of today, any minute now it'll send us a "SELFIE":p
     
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Not saying Rosetta isn't an achievement but 37 years is space with massive amounts of data collected during its primary and secondary mission before nasa decided to let it go out further is a massive activement. All with a 1Mhz computer, an 8 track recorder and other outdated tech. Lol
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    So there is some thought that the lander may have bounced and landed a second time.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/comet-lander-may-have-bounced/
     
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    Agreed.

    Awesome, (to use an American term), a terrific great story and a fantastic achievement.
     
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    At least it is literally awesome, unlike many things that adjective is used to describe. ;)
     
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    Agreed - indeed, as someone who has worked as an editor in the Parliamentary Debates Office (and who writes - a lot, for pleasure and for work), I pay very close heed to words…….

    More to the point, I was a small kid when the Apollo missions occurred.

    I remember the moon landings and being absolutely awestruck by the whole thing, by the history of flight, the history of exploration and intellectual development, and space exploration. (I still love reading about the history of science, or development of such things, be it Renaissance printing and the development of an understanding of three dimensional representation in art, or the evolution of computer technology…)

    I find this sort of thing incredible, amazing, humbling, fascinating. Sometimes, even awe inspiring…..

    When I was at school, and thinking about things, (i.e. the future and what to study) I did debate studying science at university, as I found it fascinating; however, history - which was my passion - (and politics and law) won out, - and, at the time when I was a student, firstly, women did not get to make a research career if they did science, as, if they got science degrees, (it was assumed) they were expected to teach at second level (safe jobs, yes) which I had absolutely no interest in doing, and, irrespective of gender, science research in the 80s was almost non-existent in my country, but, I will admit that I did love the study of science at school, and have never lost a lingering fascination with the whole area….
     
  20. juanm macrumors 65816

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    GREAT web-based interactive 3D animation showing the whole mission.

    http://sci.esa.int/where_is_rosetta/

    You've got to see it (on Safari/Firefox on a Mac, I don't think it works on a mobile device)

    You can pan around, zoom in and out
     
  21. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    So now we wait.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30026398
     
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    This is a GREAT website. The pan and zoom effects make a great site even better.
     
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