Places– of Charm

Are you excited about photos and data from the Philae robotic lander? This amazing feat created by the European Space agency headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany landed on Comet 67P yesterday. This was ten years after departing from Earth, carried by the Rosetta spacecraft!  Instruments aboard Philae have already told scientists at the space center in Germany about the comet’s composition.  It is not what scientists previously believed!

Philae

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9 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    What an accomplishment just for the landing of the Philae! The ESA knew where it wanted Philae to land, but actually hitting the LZ — dubbed Agilkia, after an island on the Nile river — was another matter. Comet 67P is just 2.5 miles (4 km) in diameter. It’s amazing it landed.

  2. Dash Hamelton

    Ingenious to have fired the harpoons. Screws in the lander’s feet bore into the surface of the comet for security. Due to the comet’s very weak gravity, thrusters fired upwards to hold Philae in place while the harpoons and screws try to get a purchase.

  3. Humans made history! After a decade-long journey through space and a tense descent involving misfiring harpoons, European scientists landed a manmade craft on a comet for the first time , and are primed to learn about the origins of our universe. All of us rejoice in their success.

  4. Dash Hamelton

    Kathleen, I know you’d be following this fascinating news. I enjoyed the authentic background knowledge in your futuristic new adult suspense, A BRAND NEW ADDRESS. How is the writing coming for the next book of your Intervenus series?

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