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    ESA's attempt to Land on a Comet - Live Feeds & Discussion

    Tomorrow morning, a 10-year, 4-billion-mile journey will end when a spacecraft attempts to land on a comet for the first time.

    ESA's Page: Tomorrow, a Spacecraft Will Try to Land on a Comet for the First Time Ever | WIRED

    NASA TV is also providing live coverage starting at 6:00 a.m. PST/9:00 a.m. EST tomorrow: NASA JPL Live, Ustream.TV: ESA's Comet Landing Nov. 12, 2014 6 a.m. PT (9 a.m. ET, 1400 UTC) Live coverage of the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta miss...

    Here's some Live comet data on Comet 67P (Churyumov-Gerasimenko) and The Rosetta Spacecraft :Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasmenko & The Rosetta Spacecraft
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    This whole thing is just amazing to me.

    I never thought I'd see something like this in my lifetime.

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    Yeah - it's really some impressive/ground-breaking stuff
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Did you hear what a comet sounds like up close?

    Listen to This: Comet's Eerie 'Song' Captured by Rosetta Spacecraft

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    Science is awesome!

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    I believe... in science

    I'll be watching too thanks for the link HighDell!
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    Not sure if this was posted elsewhere but the comet has sand dunes and it stinks!

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    "According to principal investigator for ROSINA, the instrument that is analyzing its composition, it really stinks:

    The perfume of 67P/C-G is quite strong, with the odour of rotten eggs (hydrogen sulphide), horse stable (ammonia), and the pungent, suffocating odour of formaldehyde. This is mixed with the faint, bitter, almond-like aroma of hydrogen cyanide. Add some whiff of alcohol (methanol) to this mixture, paired with the vinegar-like aroma of sulphur dioxide and a hint of the sweet aromatic scent of carbon disulphide, and you arrive at the 'perfume' of our comet."
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    I'm glad that the public school system has not bowed to the pressure to ban science classes.

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    It has landed!!!!! Upright and secured onto the surface.

    Touchdown! Philae Successfully Lands on Rosetta?s Comet

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    One of the goofballs at CNN has referred to the lander as "filet" a few times now. Stop it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    One of the goofballs at CNN has referred to the lander as "filet" a few times now. Stop it!
    Is Anderson Cooper on-site?

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    So sounds like they landed it? Looking for video now...
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    ESA says pictures from the surface in an hour or so. Takes about 56 minutes of roundtrip travel from comet to Earth for communications.

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    and yet i have satellite tv and cell issues...

    this is pretty cool though.

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    frikkin' science, man!

    i love this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53119 View Post
    and yet i have satellite tv and cell issues...
    I know, rebooting the satellite TV takes about 20 minutes and if there's a thunder storm forget it.

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    It's on the comet and communicating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    Is Anderson Cooper on-site?
    Lol, I'm surprised he's not there to examine all the issues regarding life on a comet.
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    Here's the website link to the ESA live feed

    Rosetta #CometLanding webcast on Livestream

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53119 View Post
    and yet i have satellite tv and cell issues...

    this is pretty cool though.
    My Comcast XI Infinity has audio that's out of synch with video. Evidently lots of people have this problem yet Comcast still seems happy to take my hard earned cash on a monthly basis.
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    It is amazing that this has been a 10-year journey using 15-year old technology to track down and land on a spinning comet that is spewing gas and material.

    Does anyone know if there is a picture of Bruce Willis on the lander?
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    Until recently ISS was running C&C and GNC on 386SX based machines.
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    Awesome. Landing the tip of a frog's hair on the head of a pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Not sure if this was posted elsewhere but the comet has sand dunes and it stinks!




    "According to principal investigator for ROSINA, the instrument that is analyzing its composition, it really stinks:

    The perfume of 67P/C-G is quite strong, with the odour of rotten eggs (hydrogen sulphide), horse stable (ammonia), and the pungent, suffocating odour of formaldehyde. This is mixed with the faint, bitter, almond-like aroma of hydrogen cyanide. Add some whiff of alcohol (methanol) to this mixture, paired with the vinegar-like aroma of sulphur dioxide and a hint of the sweet aromatic scent of carbon disulphide, and you arrive at the 'perfume' of our comet."
    You sure the thing didn't land in my bathroom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    You sure the thing didn't land in my bathroom?
    ha! Wouldn't that be a bummer that it's fake. Filmed in a backlot of a German movie studio... or your bathroom Finchy !
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    It is amazing that this has been a 10-year journey using 15-year old technology to track down and land on a spinning comet that is spewing gas and material.

    Does anyone know if there is a picture of Bruce Willis on the lander?
    If it's a German built lander then there might be a picture of David Hasselhoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    You sure the thing didn't land in my bathroom?
    From the description given of its odor, I can see how you might think so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    Awesome. Landing the tip of a frog's hair on the head of a pin.
    Pretty much - when I really try to look at what was done, my brain cells hurt a bit
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    when I really try to look at what was done, my brain cells hurt a bit
    Is that because there's so few of them left that still function?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Is that because there's so few of them left that still function?
    Look fkker, I have you know that I have got plent ... oh hey! a Squirrel!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    Look fkker, I have you know that I have got plent ... oh hey! a Squirrel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    You sure the thing didn't land in my bathroom?
    I still have a running joke about that with one of my space guy friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I still have a running joke about that with one of my space guy friends.
    Now what exactly is a "space guy friend"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Now what exactly is a "space guy friend"?
    aka, NASA geek. Even though I don't think of him as a geek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    aka, NASA geek. Even though I don't think of him as a geek.
    Ah. All my space guy friends are hippies.

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    First image captured

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    Philae has radar sounding devices inside its landing feet that, along with infrared and spectral analysis are supposed to reveal what's inside a comet.

    The lander can also take samples from below the surface of the comet and this will be material that has not been exposed to solar radiation and then analyzed in the lander.

    Not only does the Rosetta mission have a lander on the comet surface, it will also follow P67 as it plunges towards the sun. As it gets closer, the comet gets very active. P67 will reach its closest point to the sun in August 2015 before it heads back to the outer solar system.


    So exciting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    Philae has radar sounding devices inside its landing feet that, along with infrared and spectral analysis are supposed to reveal what's inside a comet.

    The lander can also take samples from below the surface of the comet and this will be material that has not been exposed to solar radiation and then analyzed in the lander.

    Not only does the Rosetta mission have a lander on the comet surface, it will also follow P67 as it plunges towards the sun. As it gets closer, the comet gets very active. P67 will reach its closest point to the sun in August 2015 before it heads back to the outer solar system.


    So exciting!

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    Looks a bit like the canyon up behind where I live! I thought there was something weird going on up there yesterday... looks like some space Gnar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Ah. All my space guy friends are hippies.
    The workforce that I interface with is a pretty even mix ranging from tree hugging hippies to retired military hardasses. Just like society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Ah. All my space guy friends are hippies.
    The older generation are hippies, but the new younger kids who are working in the space program are geeks. God bless their souls. What I am saying is in this case, geeks are the coolest people I know of.

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    Technology aside, during yesterday's commentary, one of the scientitists (ie geek) wore this amazing shirt. I was sad he changed into the generic team polo

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Technology aside, during yesterday's commentary, one of the scientitists (ie geek) wore this amazing shirt. I was sad he changed into the generic team polo

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    What a crazy wildman!

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    Simply planning the trajectory is mind boggling.

    http://www.esa.int/esatv/Videos/2013...tta_trajectory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    The older generation are hippies, but the new younger kids who are working in the space program are geeks. God bless their souls. What I am saying is in this case, geeks are the coolest people I know of.
    Ah, I think you and WVbob and Netwurker are missing my bad joke. I'll keep practicing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Ah, I think you and WVbob and Netwurker are missing my bad joke. I'll keep practicing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Ah, I think you and WVbob and Netwurker are missing my bad joke. I'll keep practicing.
    Glad you pointed it out. I laughed that time. Spaced out hippies indeed.
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    I wonder if this is true, if so it's odd to find it first on a Gawker site
    Philae's Bad Landing Turns the Rosetta Mission Into a Race Against Time
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    Rosetta Scientist Sparks #ShirtStorm With Scantily Clad Women On Shirt


    me == #notsurprised
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    I wonder if this is true, if so it's odd to find it first on a Gawker site
    Philae's Bad Landing Turns the Rosetta Mission Into a Race Against Time
    From what I read from other sources, the battery life on the lander is the limiting factor.

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    Rosetta is the top story... science!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    I hate to be a stinker but Taylor Swift, Kim K or Justin Bieber (after his next arrest) will be taking over Twitter soon.
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    All we need now is for Kim to start reading... then it will be KK 24/7


    oh no too late


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    She's not reading, she's just looking at the all the pictures in the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    All we need now is for Kim to start reading... then it will be KK 24/7


    oh no too late
    If she actually read something then Twitter would literally blow up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    She's not reading, she's just looking at the all the pictures in the book.
    I oh so badly wanted that book to be upside down. That would have made my weekend!
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    Philae Lander Runs Out Of Battery And Enters Deep Sleep

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    The cliff shadow is keeping Philae's solar cells from recharging its batteries, so it has gone into hibernation after using up it's initial battery charge. The good news is that all of the planned experiments were carried out and the scientists were able to download the data from them before things shut down.

    The scientists turned the lander's feet by 35 degrees in the hope that it would get more sun exposure. As the comet's orbit gets closer to the sun, it may get enough light to kick start the batteries again.

    sauce:


    Pioneering Philae completes main mission before hibernation / Rosetta / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    I oh so badly wanted that book to be upside down. That would have made my weekend!
    It would have really made your weekend if she herself was upside down in that bikini top.
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