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    Default European Spacecraft lands on a comet - historic event!

    The spacecraft, the size of a dishwashing machine, lands on a comet travelling through space at 66,000 kilometres per hour (41,000 mph).

    Rosetta mission spacecraft makes historic landing on comet - Technology & Science - CBC News

    Onwards and upwards!!
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    Now it is falling off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TreeBob View Post
    Now it is falling off!
    No, it's not. It bounced off twice, and thrice, but still managed to plant itself on the comet. It has other issues though, mainly that where it was hoped that the craft would land, is not where it landed. Its location has not yet been identified, but it is stuck in a very dark corner of the comet, which brings up issues about its battery life, given lack of solar energy in the spot it currently is in.

    Rosetta: Philae tight spot on comet prompts tough decisions for Esa | Science | The Guardian

    The landing has issues, falling off, currently, is not one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    No, it's not. It bounced off twice, and thrice, but still managed to plant itself on the comet. It has other issues though, mainly that where it was hoped that the craft would land, is not where it landed. Its location has not yet been identified, but it is stuck in a very dark corner of the comet, which brings up issues about its battery life, given lack of solar energy in the spot it currently is in.

    Rosetta: Philae tight spot on comet prompts tough decisions for Esa | Science | The Guardian

    The landing has issues, falling off, currently, is not one of them.
    Yeah i know, I was sensationalizing the report of it bouncing for a couple hours. Hopefully they can reposition the solar array.
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    yay, go ESA I'd rather it were a manned mission to Mars but it is good anyway.
    just a reminder, what are they exactly looking for on that comet? was it biomolecules?

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