Anybody Can Land On A Comet

10 years and 6.5 billion kilometers later (give or take a few inches)…

The spaceship Rosetta’s landing probe Philae will be landing on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Tomorrow. We hope.

The comet is currently hurtling through space at 24,600 miles per hour and its nucleus is only 2.5 miles wide. Scientists compare the task to a fly trying to land on a speeding bullet.

PS: Why couldn’t they have scheduled this thing to land on 11.11 at 11 o’clock 11 in the morning?

3 responses

  1. This comet was discovered October 22, 1969 in Alma-Ata Observatory, Russia. Klim Churyumov Ivanovich found the image of this comet, the photographic plate another comet (32P / Comas Sola), was named by Svetlana Ivanova Gerasimenko September 11, 1969.

    45 years after its discovery, maybe Philae will be success to land on its surface on 12 November 2014. We will see tomorrow:)

  2. Congratulations Philae. According to comment of the ESA director-general Jean-Jacques Dordain “Philae will stay forever on the comet.” So, we can say for it, “It begun longest journey ever.”:)

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