[FPSPACE] Philae Lander Historic Touchdown on Rosetta Comet

James Oberg jameseoberg at comcast.net
Wed Nov 12 17:03:41 EST 2014


The situation is extremely unclear -- and highly interesting.

 

None of the anchoring systems have functioned.

 

It seems to have drifted off the surface and landed again.

 

No images from the surface yet.

 

Surface composition/consistency may be snow-like, nothing to grab onto.

 

Wonderfully weird!!!



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Jones" <clj at panix.com>
To: <fpspace at friends-partners.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] Philae Lander Historic Touchdown on Rosetta Comet


> On 11/12/2014 3:58 PM, Zeger Nuyens wrote:
> 
>> Could that mean that our Philae is sinking deeper and deeper?
> 
> Given how weak the comet's gravity is, and hence how very light Philae
> must be at its surface, that would be one weak surface!
> 
> 
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