Comet-landing tomorrow (12 Nov, 2014)

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Comet-landing tomorrow (12 Nov, 2014)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:00 am

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Yes, it's a long-shot (pun intended) but just before dawn tomorrow morning, a new milestone in mankind's space exploration will hopefully take place.

Given the hurdles to be cleared in actually getting the Philae probe onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the chances of success are only slightly better than 50/50 so it will be an incredible achievement... if they pull it off.

Personally, although I'm excited, I'm not quite as blown away by this as I was by the Huygens landing on Titan a decade ago.

What do readers consider to be our most impressive achievements since the moon landings?
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Re: Comet-landing tomorrow (12 Nov, 2014)

Postby virtualkiwi » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:07 am

Now that they've established that Titan has bodies of liquid, how long till they send a boat? That would be pretty cool. The first boat to sail on the surface of another body in the solar system. Maybe Larry Ellison could sponsor it seeing as he seems to have a big ego and likes expensive high tech boats. I'd even be prepared to put up with Lake Ellison if that's what it takes to make it happen.
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Re: Comet-landing tomorrow (12 Nov, 2014)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:13 am

Or maybe the NZ government could sponsor "The Titan Cup" -- after all, we blew huge amounts of taxpayers' money sponsoring our own AC team on the promise that it would do great things for our own boat-building industries. And all we got was this: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news ... d=11187602 :-(
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Re: Comet-landing tomorrow (12 Nov, 2014)

Postby par_annoyed » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:53 am

There's just a huge amount that we DON'T know about the universe, and even the established theories have to be constantly patched up to match new things/observations.

LIke for example the infamous "black hole" is only really proposed, not proven, and it's not mentioned that really, a black hole is the only way to get galaxies to actually stay in one piece (with a gravity based model) , so it's only ASSUMED they are real. This is one of a huge number of things. Another - the whole 'big bang' idea is based on surprisingly few [unproven] beliefs about red shift observations.

The whole idea of comets being 'dirty snowballs' is also probably going to be revised after this misson.

If you are interested in a completely alternate theory of the universe, here's one which expands upon the idea that the universe is electrically powered and held together. It's actually a lot less ridiculous than some of the mainstream ideas being proposed, and it fits within existing proven theories about the behaviour of plasma and so on. Yes, you can say it's utter crap, but without people being prepared to investigate a brand new angle, mankind would never make progress...

try having a read - http://www.thunderbolts.info/home.htm
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