[FPSPACE] Philae Lander Historic Touchdown on Rosetta Comet

Christopher Gorski cpgorski at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 17:15:20 EST 2014


Wonderfully weird indeed!  Can't wait to know more.

Some of the Rosetta results have been withheld for a while due to complex
sets of publication embargos.  I'm not sure if that affects Philae or not.
http://news.sciencemag.org/europe/2014/11/tensions-surround-release-new-rosetta-comet-data

--me




On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM, James Oberg <jameseoberg at comcast.net>
wrote:

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> The situation is extremely unclear -- and highly interesting.
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> None of the anchoring systems have functioned.
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> It seems to have drifted off the surface and landed again.
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> No images from the surface yet.
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> Surface composition/consistency may be snow-like, nothing to grab onto.
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> Wonderfully weird!!!
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Jones" <clj at panix.com>
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>  On 11/12/2014 3:58 PM, Zeger Nuyens wrote:
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>>  Could that mean that our Philae is sinking deeper and deeper?
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>> 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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