Rocket Science Scale – 5, Actual Rocket Science
It took ten years for this litter lander to catch up to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But it finally landed on November 12th, 2014. And History was made.
The comet 67P was moving through space at 18km/s (40,000mph). The planning for Philae’s mission began over 25 years ago. But the European Space Agency (ESA) now has data on the makeup of the comet.
Now, Philae’s battery has run out, and it probably won’t get power until around August of next year (when its solar panels might charge the lander). The space craft that carried Philae, Rosetta, orbits Comet 67P. I don’t have a lot to say but this is really cool and I hope this inspires a new generation towards math and science.
Also, It was totally worth the cost. Those complaining about it should just stuff it. I’m sorry your would is so small that you don’t think science is important.
Here are some more pictures. Be Inspired. Our society was smart enough to land on a moving comet. [Actual pictures from Philae]
Goodnight Philae! Thanks for landing on that comet and showing everyone the science is still pretty cool. Next Step: Mars.
You can follow Philae on twitter here (of course it has a twitter account).