[FPSPACE] Philae Lander Historic Touchdown on Rosetta Comet

Jean-Jacques Serra jj.serra at wanadoo.fr
Thu Nov 13 08:39:41 EST 2014


First pictures from the ground
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/11/Welcome_to_a_comet

Le Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:06:48 +0100, Geert Sassen <geertsassen at gmail.com> a  
écrit:

> Slightly more news this morning it seems, at least according twitter. It
> seems the lander bounced and landed 3 times, possibly moving hundreds of
> meters. CIVA panoramic pictures were taken automatically within 5
> minutes of landing and according rumors resulted in only unintelligble
> blurred images or completely black images as the lander was moving and
> bouncing around.
>
> @Philae_MUPUS:
> [their instrument(s) confirm the 3 bounce data]
> Good morning #cometlanding! Short status update: we believe that Philae
> bounced (possibly 3 times) but sits safely on the comet now.
> we need images and radio link to learn more. several Philae instruments
> got nice data (Cosac, Concert, Ptolemy, RoMap, Rolis) #cometlanding.
> Will tweet news as they come in. Stay tuned. #cometlanding
>
> @chrislintott:
> Stable signal from @Philae2014, images from ÇIVA received and some broad
> smiles around ESOC. Not anchored to surface #CometLanding
>
> @RosettaSD2:
> Unfortunately no drilling today: we first need to understand where we
> landed and how we landed. Today is critical @Philae2014 @ESA_Rosetta
>
> On 12-11-14 22:03, James Oberg wrote:
>>
>> The situation is extremely unclear -- and highly interesting.
>>
>>
>>
>> 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>
>> 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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