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  • #31
    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Which direction is skyward?
    Hi CP. Hope all well with you. All three legs on ground. Three sides in shadow. Battery not expected to last past next contact.
    “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde
    “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence” ― Bertrand Russell
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    • #32
      In hang-out today, Dr Matt Taylor makes emotional apology for wearing colourful 'babes' shirt.
      http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngu...matttaylor.png
      http://www.theguardian.com/science/2...tists-clothing
      Last edited by firstfloor; 11-14-2014, 08:43 AM.
      “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde
      “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence” ― Bertrand Russell
      “not all there” - you know who you are

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      • #33
        Originally posted by firstfloor View Post
        In hang-out today, Dr Matt Taylor makes emotional apology for wearing colourful 'babes' shirt.
        http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngu...matttaylor.png
        http://www.theguardian.com/science/2...tists-clothing
        Just shows how out of touch the liberal news agencies are. We just landed a probe on a comet and all they can do is whine about how sexist someone's shirt is.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
          Unfortunately, many of the women following that development — and a few men, too — were made to feel pretty unwelcome in the space exploration sphere when one of the people leading the mission decided to show up to talk about it wearing a shirt covered in dozens of half-naked women.
          No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt.
          They don't feel welcome, therefore they aren't.

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          • #35
            Not looking so good?

            Source: telegraph

            The Rosetta probe could be holding proof that life on Earth began when comets bombarded our planet, but we may never see the evidence, after scientists lost contact with the lander on Friday.

            It was feared that some of the most important scientific data could be forfeited if the signal could not be re-established at midnight.

            Astrophysicists have been working around the clock to find a way to move the Philae probe out from under a cliff and back into sunlight where it could absorb the Sun’s rays and carry on its mission before its battery goes flat.

            On Friday afternoon, in a final effort to collect samples from the surface of the comet, they ditched attempts to relocate the probe, and instead, began drilling. However contact was lost before the data could be sent back to Earth.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
              Not looking so good?

              Source: telegraph

              The Rosetta probe could be holding proof that life on Earth began when comets bombarded our planet, but we may never see the evidence, after scientists lost contact with the lander on Friday.

              It was feared that some of the most important scientific data could be forfeited if the signal could not be re-established at midnight.

              Astrophysicists have been working around the clock to find a way to move the Philae probe out from under a cliff and back into sunlight where it could absorb the Sun’s rays and carry on its mission before its battery goes flat.

              On Friday afternoon, in a final effort to collect samples from the surface of the comet, they ditched attempts to relocate the probe, and instead, began drilling. However contact was lost before the data could be sent back to Earth.

              © Copyright Original Source

              From what I gather, they have a lot of data, including some drill samples. They were able to move the probe to a better position BUT, by the time they got the data, the probe decided to go to sleep. It looks as if it's batteries finally ran out sending that last lot of data or making that final attempt to move.

              http://www.theguardian.com/science/2...nder-hop-comet

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              • #37
                I cannot find any discussion about this but I wonder of it is possible that the comet’s rotation may later illuminate the shadow where Philae currently sits and allow the battery to recharge. I think they have rotated the body 35 degrees to try and get more light on one of the panels but the lander is still mainly in shadow. The lander was working hard at the time of shutdown which means that it was consuming energy faster than it could generate it. It might just reactivate later on but part of the problem is catching it awake at the same time that Rosetta is able to receive data. Overall, the team seems to be not very optimistic about re-establishing contact.

                Oh! In other news, a witch is burned in Paraguay??&!?*!!!
                http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/1...n_6108646.html
                “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde
                “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence” ― Bertrand Russell
                “not all there” - you know who you are

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                  Not looking so good?

                  Source: telegraph

                  The Rosetta probe could be holding proof that life on Earth began when comets bombarded our planet, but we may never see the evidence, after scientists lost contact with the lander on Friday.

                  It was feared that some of the most important scientific data could be forfeited if the signal could not be re-established at midnight.

                  Astrophysicists have been working around the clock to find a way to move the Philae probe out from under a cliff and back into sunlight where it could absorb the Sun’s rays and carry on its mission before its battery goes flat.

                  On Friday afternoon, in a final effort to collect samples from the surface of the comet, they ditched attempts to relocate the probe, and instead, began drilling. However contact was lost before the data could be sent back to Earth.

                  © Copyright Original Source

                  Yet according to this source:

                  Source: Comet probe sends back science treasure in final hours


                  Europe's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said Saturday.

                  Crowning a historic feat, the robot lab streamed data from its experiments back to its mother ship Rosetta in the final hours before its battery ran down.

                  This included the outcome of an eagerly-waited chemistry test of a sample drilled from the comet's icy and dusty surface, scientists said.

                  "Rosetta's lander has completed its primary science mission," the European Space Agency (ESA) said.
                  Lacking power, its instruments and most systems went into standby mode after three days of non-stop work, sending back data that will keep scientists busy for years.

                  "The data collected by Philae and Rosetta is set to make this mission a game-changer in cometary science," said Matt Taylor, Rosetta project scientist.

                  Philae had landed in a dark shadow after a bouncy triple touchdown Wednesday.

                  It did not get enough sunlight to recharge its batteries sufficiently to extend its mission beyond its initial 60-hour work programme.

                  Mission engineers do not rule out making contact with the lander in the coming months as Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moves closer to the Sun.

                  Conceived more than 20 years ago, the Rosetta mission aims at shedding light on the origins of the Solar System 4.6 billion years ago, and maybe even life on Earth.

                  ...

                  Finally, in the most important but riskiest experiment of all, they drilled a core of material out of the comet surface to analyse its chemical signature.

                  All the data had to be stored and dispatched back to Rosetta as the power indicators shrank towards the red zone.

                  "We received everything," mission scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring told AFP. "The word is 'fabulous,' just 'fabulous.'

                  The team's eagerly-awaited first report will be made at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco next month.

                  The "67P" comet is due to loop around the Sun next year, flaring gas from its head and leaving a spectacular icy trail of ice from water stripped from its surface.

                  Rosetta will escort it until the comet heads back out towards the depths of the Solar System in December 2015.


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                  The article was accompanied by the following graphic (from a different source for its larger size):


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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by rwatts View Post
                    I'm worried that it might hit the comet and bounce off.

                    And wouldn't it be funny if it succesfully landed and the first organics it found were a bacterium or a virus.

                    (At the time of writing I think the decision to separate is still some time away)

                    Philae, it's shadow, and where it first hit before the big bounce:-

                    http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11...first_landing/

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                    • #40
                      It's still pretty amazing, regardless.
                      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by rwatts View Post
                        I'm worried that it might hit the comet and bounce off.

                        And wouldn't it be funny if it succesfully landed and the first organics it found were a bacterium or a virus.

                        (At the time of writing I think the decision to separate is still some time away)
                        The bounce:-

                        http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/...-across-comet/

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by rwatts View Post
                          First bounce. “From left to right, the images show Philae descending towards and across the comet before touchdown. The image taken after touchdown, at 15:43 GMT, confirms that the lander was moving east, as first suggested by the data returned by the CONSERT experiment, and at a speed of about 0.5 m/s.
                          The final location of Philae is still not known, but after touching down and bouncing again at 17:25 GMT, it reached there at 17:32 GMT.”
                          “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde
                          “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence” ― Bertrand Russell
                          “not all there” - you know who you are

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                          • #43
                            Everyone knows that the whole mission is a coverup to hide the fact that the comet is an alien spaceship!

                            http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technol...met-is-4628568


                            Reuters
                            Comet or UFO? Philae has landed...but on what?

                            Space probe Philae is actually a UFO attempting to make contact with humans, conspiracy theorists are claiming.

                            Ufologists claim the European Space Agency's (ESA) craft, which on Wednesday completed the extraordinary feat of landing on a speeding comet, is of alien origin.

                            An email published on the website UFOSightingsDaily.com claimed the agency had joined forces with NASA to "cover-up" the celestial body's true extra-terrestrial nature.

                            The email, purportedly written by a secret whistle-blowing ESA employee of the ESA, reads: “Do not think for ONE MOMENT that a space agency would suddenly decide to spend billions of dollars to build and send a spacecraft on a 12-year journey to simply take some close-up images of a randomly picked out comet floating in space.”

                            “Comet 67P is NOT a comet.

                            “Some 20 years ago Nasa began detecting radio bursts from an unknown origin out in space.

                            "It would later be known that these had likely come from the direction of the now named comet 67P.

                            "It does show signs on its outside of machine like parts and unnatural terrain.”

                            Ending on an ominous note, it adds: “Whatever this object is, it did not ask to be found or scrutinised.”

                            Ufologist Scott Waring said he believed the signals being emitted from the comet were a “greeting” to humans.

                            He added: “If it was a warning, they would not allow the ESA craft to have landed.

                            “I believe the landing of the ESA craft was the equivalent of a first handshake.

                            "They will make another move soon probably.

                            "Alien structures are on the comet.

                            "I don’t believe it’s natural.”

                            ESA has confirmed that the comet is emitting a "mystery song" - however, this has only fuelled theories that it is a UFO attempting to make contact with Earth.

                            Mr Waring added: “In my opinion this is not a code.

                            "It is how a species of aliens communicate to one another without speaking.

                            "A form of telepathy put into primitive radio signals.

                            "It's the only way this species can communicate to us.

                            "This is their thoughts.
                            ---
                            http://www.ufosightingsdaily.com/201...-67p-does.html




                            DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN!

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                            • #44
                              Obvious not a UFO but a living organism. A spawn of Mogo the Living Planet[1]. The probe's drill wasn't collecting samples but was in reality a hypodermic needle administering a sedative.









                              1. Or Oa the Living Planet. Or Ego the Living Planet. The Living Planet family has grown over the years.

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                              • #45
                                God’s eye view.
                                http://sci.esa.int/where_is_rosetta/
                                “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde
                                “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence” ― Bertrand Russell
                                “not all there” - you know who you are

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