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A science first…

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Landing on a comet !

 

 1 picture & 5 comet comments

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But you have to use the DOOR.

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[The round part is the dirty hunk of ice, etc., that makes up a comet. This comet (called "67P") varies from about 2 to 3 miles across. The thing in the upper right is what was sent there. It's the best picture we could quickly get…]

 

(1)  The European Space Consortium, headed by The German Space Institute, calls all this the “Rosetta Mission” and the vehicle “Rosetta” or mother ship; its lander is called “Philae.”

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(2)  It’s been about 10 years on the space highway, and is now 310,000,000 miles from Earth.

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(3)  The lander is about the size of a refrigerator and weighs 220 lb.

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(4)  Several “firsts” here: First space vehicle to orbit a comet; first to “deliver” a lander (with harpoons so it won’t bounce away), drills, analyzing ovens, cameras, etc.)

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(5)  The lander successfully landed Wed. Nov. 12, 2014 about 7 hours after it was released by Rosetta.

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[There’s pictures all over the place…Stay tuned.]