Landing on a Comet

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  • #3010
    duxrule
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    I haven’t seen any images yet, but the ESA confirms that they landed on the comet, and are receiving telemetry. I think this is cooler than shit.

    http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/news/rosetta-cometlanding-webcast

    #3012
    missing_kskd
    Participant

    Me too. IMHO, this mission represents taking things to a whole new level in terms of planning, precision, etc…

    Right now, I’ve got some ugly work to do. Hope to check in later and scoop all the cool comet images up and drool some.

    #3014
    jr_tech
    Participant

    Some nice coverage here:
    http://www.esa.int/ESA
    WOW!

    #3020
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    I looked through the mission timeline, and my response is, “WOW!”

    http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/overview

    It is astounding to me the precision with which scientists know the orbits of planetary bodies and the computer modeling capabilities available to allow the design of such an elaborate trajectory for a spacecraft.

    EDIT: The engineer in me says that the word “precision” above should be replaced with “accuracy.” Precision refers to repeatability. Accuracy refers to absolute error.

    #3026
    missing_kskd
    Participant

    The engineer in you would be spot on.

    I would add repeatability in there too. All three are needed as the basis for doing something like this.

    Frankly, it’s all amazing and a real tech win for the ESA. And we get great images and some new science out of the deal.

    #3046
    duxrule
    Participant

    We just watched the “Landing on a Comet” special on Discovery, and was a bit disappointed. They had a lot of background on the mission itself, along with same-day interviews of scientists working on the mission. I thought they would have more on the landing itself.

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