Wednesday, August 6, 2014
UPDATED IMAGE / MANKIND IS ABOUT TO ORBIT THEN LAND ON A COMET
EURO MISSION ON TARGET--Remarkable if one really thinks about the fact that mankind is about to rendezvous a spacecraft with a comet in outer space on August 6, 2014. The mission is called Rosetta and as it orbits the comet (as the comet orbits the sun) will send down a lander called Philae in November 2014.
As of late July, 2014, images sent back to earth of the encounter with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are appearing on the Internet from European Space Agency sources:
Those amazing images show the comet may be a contact binary or basically speeding around the cosmos in two parts. To stretch a metaphor, this imagery is like having a camera on the beach when Columbus made landfall in the West Indies in 1492.
Kudos to all involved. It is a truly remarkable accomplishment.
Science@NASA blog has an update: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/17jul_rosetta/