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Rosetta

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  • Started 8 years ago by Darkerside
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  1. Min
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    IWRATS I've been following the 'composition of comets' debate since the mid seventies, starting with reading my dad's New Scientist in the bathroom. This could be quite a day for that old astrochestnut.

    It looks pretty dirty to me.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. I were right about that saddle
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    "Must confess to not being in the least excited about this."

    Not to worry. You must feel like I do when people talk about football and shopping. I love this stuff because it's achieving what artists throughout time have dreamt of doing - leaving the plane of the mundane altogether.

    "It looks pretty dirty to me."

    What does? New Scientist? My folks' bathroom?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. Min
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    I haven't read New Scientist in your folks' bathroom but I am sure it is a very hygienic experience. The comet looks less than snowy though. So far.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. steveo
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    Typical CEC, they never bother to grit lander paths despite ten years of exponential growth in the areas traffic volume.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. I were right about that saddle
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    @Min

    Ah yes. I remember when the first albedo calculations were done. No one believed the answers - total consternation that the surface appeared to be blacker then the Earl of Hell's waistcoat.

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  6. Min
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    IWRATS - We recently watched a whole TV show about it where that was all held to be some sort of conspiracy!

    Steveo Typical CEC, they never bother to grit lander paths despite ten years of exponential growth in the areas traffic volume.

    Haha!

    Engineers know that the anchoring harpoons did not fire. It is also known that the communications link to Rosetta failed intermittently in an irregular pattern shortly after the landing but always immediately re-established itself.

    Fancy way of saying "Wrong type of snow".. ;-)

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. steveo
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    Fancy way of saying "Wrong type of snow".. ;-)

    hehe

    Posted 8 years ago #
  8. I were right about that saddle
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    May not be gritted, but at least the bollards seem to have been knocked over and removed;

    http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-700/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/13/1415873992941/f7166bdc-4410-460d-8ee5-4377ab480e25-620x372.jpeg

    We should really be in awe of the fact that pictures from a comet are fired to us at our desks.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  9. steveo
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    Dunno about bollards but that appears to be Optimus Prime watching it land!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  10. Darkerside
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    I can also confirm that ESA's success have not rubbed off on me: I'm still rubbish at Kerbal.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  11. Stickman
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    "We should really be in awe of the fact that pictures from a comet are fired to us at our desks."

    Clarke's Third Law.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  12. steveo
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    "The lander is roughly the size of a washing machine"

    And that's why the council is pushing for out of orbit shopping centres.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  13. wingpig
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    "'We should really be in awe of the fact that pictures from a comet are fired to us at our desks.'

    Clarke's Third Law."

    Whilst we've been enjoying mostly-ever-faster home broadband and mobile data transfer speeds for the past ten years down here we must remember that the data rates between Philae and Rosetta and Rosetta are effectively from another era. That we've received pictures is extremely impressive, but I worry that the absence of a webcam providing a multi-megapixel live stream in colour might make it seem less impressive to some.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  14. I were right about that saddle
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    @wingpig

    Philae sends a fax
    To our hi-tech Twitter age
    Hashtag WTF

    Posted 8 years ago #
  15. Stickman
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    @iwrats: /applause/

    Posted 8 years ago #
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  17. ih
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    That mission was astonishing. Britain was involved because we were IN EUROPE.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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  19. Stickman
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    Top marks to whoever runs their Twitter account:

    ""What’s this thing coming towards me…I wonder if it will be friends with me?!" #HHGTTG ;) #CometLanding images here: ow.ly/2k0x304InOb"

    Posted 6 years ago #

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