Philae Lander Sets Aground on Nucleus of 67P
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This is not a thread to discuss the controversy surrounding Dr. Matt Taylor's attire on BBC Breakfast or an ESA live stream. There is already a thread for that, it's linked at the end of the OP. Go there if that's what you want to talk about.

So, friends of CR: humankind has hit another astral milestone. We've gotten satellites and manned stations in space, we've set foot on the moon, we've landed unmanned craft on Mars, and we've sent a data gathering probe beyond the reaches of our solar system. And now we've landed an unmanned craft on the nucleus of a comet.

Philae, a lander accompanying space probe Rosetta, has recently set aground on the nucleus of comet 67P (or Churyumov–Gerasimenko if you like). Landing on the comet is but the first step of the lander's mission, however. The next step is to conduct a compositional analysis, examine the physical properties of the surface, and determine the properties of the nuclear surroundings. This is a momentous occasion, but there's still more work to be done and plenty to stay excited about in the long term.

The purpose of this thread is to discuss everyone's thoughts and feelings about this occasion. Is this an exciting moment for you? What questions would you like the ESA to investigate about comet 67P? What should the ESA do next?

As for me, I'm plenty excited that we've marched another step forward in our exploration of the cosmos. I would love to see the data on the mineral composition of the comet since they could one day prove a valuable resource well if they happen to bear scientifically or industrially useful materials that are particularly rare on Earth.

As for what the ESA should do next, I would certainly like to see manned spacecraft make their way to Mars sometime within the next few decades and hope that both they and NASA will be able to collaborate on a project to do just that. These sort of projects tend to lead to advances in medicine, engineering, industrial production, and cargo transport far beyond the boundaries of a mission to land on an astral body, and so I think this would be a worthwhile investment.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-876123/should-he-have-apologized?pg=0
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i can't wait until we find the Vulcans
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In time, humanity will be traveling to other planets, and using anal probes on beings all throughout the galaxy.
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i'm not that interested about geology... or astrogeology... or would it be cosmogeology? not sure. so i'm not that excited, to be honest.

for me geology is as boring as a rock (however if they discover some form of biological lifeform or protein, then that would make it exciting for me, because I love astrobiology).

i was more excited about the large hadron collider experiments... though i'm not sure whats going on with that. there were talks of mini black holes eating up the Earth and discovering new particles and the beginning of the big bang etc. i want to know more about the Big bang specifically.
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I am amazed that in just not quite 5 short decades we have progressed from landing upon our own moon to landing upon something so comparatively small and fast. Such technological advances! It's comforting and inspiring to know that we are continuing to explore the universe[s] around us.
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I once read a sci-fi book where they'd turned a comet into a space ship. I wonder if that will ever be possible in truth.
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It's interesting but it's nothing I"d spazz about
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BlueOni wrote:

This is not a thread to discuss the controversy surrounding Dr. Matt Taylor's attire on BBC Breakfast or an ESA live stream. There is already a thread for that, it's linked at the end of the OP. Go there if that's what you want to talk about.

So, friends of CR: humankind has hit another astral milestone. We've gotten satellites and manned stations in space, we've set foot on the moon, we've landed unmanned craft on Mars, and we've sent a data gathering probe beyond the reaches of our solar system. And now we've landed an unmanned craft on the nucleus of a comet.

Philae, a lander accompanying space probe Rosetta, has recently set aground on the nucleus of comet 67P (or Churyumov–Gerasimenko if you like). Landing on the comet is but the first step of the lander's mission, however. The next step is to conduct a compositional analysis, examine the physical properties of the surface, and determine the properties of the nuclear surroundings. This is a momentous occasion, but there's still more work to be done and plenty to stay excited about in the long term.

The purpose of this thread is to discuss everyone's thoughts and feelings about this occasion. Is this an exciting moment for you? What questions would you like the ESA to investigate about comet 67P? What should the ESA do next?

As for me, I'm plenty excited that we've marched another step forward in our exploration of the cosmos. I would love to see the data on the mineral composition of the comet since they could one day prove a valuable resource well if they happen to bear scientifically or industrially useful materials that are particularly rare on Earth.

As for what the ESA should do next, I would certainly like to see manned spacecraft make their way to Mars sometime within the next few decades and hope that both they and NASA will be able to collaborate on a project to do just that. These sort of projects tend to lead to advances in medicine, engineering, industrial production, and cargo transport far beyond the boundaries of a mission to land on an astral body, and so I think this would be a worthwhile investment.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-876123/should-he-have-apologized?pg=0


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exciting and history making! i am glad to have been able to see this....and be young enough to see more space exploration and cosmic understanding unfold!
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