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Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 12 Nov 2014, 13:14
by Ice.Maiden
Quite a remarkable achievement. :clap2:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30026398

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 12 Nov 2014, 20:41
by Yogi
This is more than plain rocket science. It's Sci-Fi come true. What an amazing accomplishment :!:

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 13 Nov 2014, 15:42
by Ice.Maiden
It certainly is, especially considering the distance that the probe's travelled. I can't wait to see more pics and to read about them.

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 15 Nov 2014, 05:46
by pilvikki

how excellent!

here's the latest:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/comet-lander-turns-toward-light-in-effort-to-keep-batteries-alive-1.2101798#ixzz3J8ILZBtq
Communication with the lander is slow, with signals taking more than 28 minutes to travel between Earth and Rosetta.


wow. everything is relative.

for sure.

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 15 Nov 2014, 12:23
by Ice.Maiden
Can't open that, but I'm following the news.

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 15 Nov 2014, 15:23
by pilvikki

I fixed it. i'd left a space before the second tag...

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 15 Nov 2014, 17:23
by Ice.Maiden
Thank you.

I was reading that the battery receives about 1.5 hours of solar power a day, but they don't know if that's enough to charge it up enough to do the tasks they're hoping for. It'd be great if it was enough, and samples could be studied.

Had Philae been on its way NOW, I'm sure that more up-to-date scientific and technological instruments'd be on board to cope with any problems they're finding now, but since the trip's been worthwhile, you can bet they'll soon launch something else.

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 16 Nov 2014, 09:00
by pilvikki

with hopefully my ex onboard....

but seriously, I cannot even grasp the mathematics that went into the calculations.... a bit beyond the "if train A leaves from station b+ at 14.23.56 and train B leaves from...."

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 16 Nov 2014, 10:09
by Ice.Maiden
LOOOL!! I could never fathom those maths problems, and I've still no desire to, but you're right about all the calculations, especially as we're talking about an object which's 500 billion km from earth, and Rosetta had to travel further than that to reach the perfect position for Philae to land.

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 18 Nov 2014, 18:26
by pilvikki

this is cool:

http://www.ibtimes.com/comet-landing-2014-rosetta-probe-philae-discovers-organic-molecules-report-1725228

you just need to shut off the idiot ad that comes on in the r hand top corner.

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 18 Nov 2014, 20:12
by Ice.Maiden
Yes - love it. They're still working on data that's coming in. It was a pity that no actual soil samples could be taken, but finding what appears to be organic molecules's fabulous. The little lander did a great job - and heavily over-shadowed tweets about Kim Kardasian! LOL - and so it should.

Re: Philae has landed!

PostPosted: 19 Nov 2014, 09:21
by pilvikki
    just don't read the comments! or you'll never be the same again....

    Re: Philae has landed!

    PostPosted: 19 Nov 2014, 11:38
    by Ice.Maiden
    I'll pass!

    Re: Philae has landed!

    PostPosted: 19 Nov 2014, 12:42
    by Kellemora
    Just because it has carbon on it, doesn't really mean diddly squat, unless they know where the carbon came from. Perhaps it passed too close to a sun and elements were reduced to carbon? Perhaps it struck the earth or another planet during it's travels and picked it up there.

    Maybe ET left his battery pack behind?

    Just kills me how the brainwashed masses always look in the wrong direction for nearly everything!

    Re: Philae has landed!

    PostPosted: 19 Nov 2014, 17:47
    by Ice.Maiden
    The little comet may show no more signs of how life started than our shadows do, but the scientists're hoping that during the coming weeks and months, Philae might "reawaken" if the batteries manage to store more power. If so, probes'll be able to dig down below the dust and ice and pass on further information.

    It's probably clutching at straws at this early stage. Man has an inherent urge to try and solve the mystery of life. I don't think we ever will, either because "we're not meant to" or the guesswork'll be way off the actual radar, even with scientific research to back it up, so to speak.

    I still think that it was an amazing achievement, and just the start of further exploration.