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  1. 12 Nov '14 14:04
    http://www.examiner.com/article/mystery-signal-from-rosetta-comet-confirmed-by-european-space-agency

    We are about to land on the first comet in human history.

    Oh, and there is some strange low frequency song coming from the said comet.
  2. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    12 Nov '14 14:51
    Originally posted by whodey
    http://www.examiner.com/article/mystery-signal-from-rosetta-comet-confirmed-by-european-space-agency

    We are about to land on the first comet in human history.

    Oh, and there is some strange low frequency song coming from the said comet.
    I just hope they don't find out the hard way the whole comet has some kind of static charge.
  3. 12 Nov '14 15:07
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    I just hope they don't find out the hard way the whole comet has some kind of static charge.
    Why not? That would be an amazing discovery.
  4. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    12 Nov '14 15:50
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    Why not? That would be an amazing discovery.
    Yes but not if it destroyed the lander. Anyway, it's fingerbiting time right now. We should know pass or fail in less than an hour, its 10:52 AM EST.
  5. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    12 Nov '14 17:22
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Yes but not if it destroyed the lander. Anyway, it's fingerbiting time right now. We should know pass or fail in less than an hour, its 10:52 AM EST.
    So, the Eagle has landed. Now we will see if it still works!
  6. 13 Nov '14 04:59
    With the warning that this is not from an official source, here is a purported photo from the surface.

    http://www.universetoday.com/116254/philae-sends-first-photo-from-the-comets-surface/
  7. 13 Nov '14 16:14
    This seems to be more official than the one linked by me above, suggesting that the previous one was fake.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/philae-lander-sends-back-first-ever-image-from-comet-surface/ar-BBdttqv?ocid=DELLDHP

    To my eye that looks like rock, not ice.

    They were hoping for a view "to the horizon" but seem to be getting just a very short line of sight.

    I wonder if slender rods extended by solenoids in a variety of directions from the lander would have been able to make it move around to different places/vantages? They could be almost like needles and still be stiff enough to lift the lander, given the microgravity.
  8. 13 Nov '14 22:08 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    So, the Eagle has landed. Now we will see if it still works!
    It landed on a rather small object some 317 million miles away traveling thousands of miles an hour.

    Amazing.

    That reminds me, does Obama have his health care web site up and working properly yet?
  9. 14 Nov '14 01:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by whodey
    It landed on a rather small object some 317 million miles away traveling thousands of miles an hour.

    Amazing.

    That reminds me, does Obama have his health care web site up and working properly yet?
    Of course not. All you conservatives have made sure that funds to NASA and all research in the US has been cut so the 1% can buy another tropical island. Many US citizens chock full of brains and ambition to do research have fled for more friendly industrialized countries both north of the US border and across the pond.
  10. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    14 Nov '14 09:06
    Originally posted by whodey
    We are about to land on the first comet in human history.

    We?

    As somebody who normally speaks for a narrow section of US society that is a bit rich!
  11. 14 Nov '14 13:00
    Originally posted by Phranny
    Of course not. All you conservatives have made sure that funds to NASA and all research in the US has been cut so the 1% can buy another tropical island. Many US citizens chock full of brains and ambition to do research have fled for more friendly industrialized countries both north of the US border and across the pond.
    Rumor has it they landed some cargo on the comet placed there by Obama.

    Apparently it is golf clubs and golf balls for his peeps on planet Marx.
  12. Subscriber Proper Knob
    Cornovii
    14 Nov '14 13:08
    Originally posted by whodey
    Rumor has it they landed some cargo on the comet placed there by Obama.

    Apparently it is golf clubs and golf balls for his peeps on planet Marx.
    You're a broken, and unfunny, record. Is it actually possible for you to post in a thread without mentioning Obama whodey?
  13. 14 Nov '14 14:44
    Originally posted by Proper Knob
    You're a broken, and unfunny, record. Is it actually possible for you to post in a thread without mentioning Obama whodey?
    Who is Obama Whodey?
  14. Subscriber Proper Knob
    Cornovii
    14 Nov '14 14:55 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by whodey
    Who is Obama Whodey?
    That post goes into the 'unfunny' tickbox
  15. 14 Nov '14 15:52
    Originally posted by whodey
    Who is Obama Whodey?
    I met him the other day. He is a sort of cross between Obama and Whodey.