Ten Years, 3.98 Billion Miles

November 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM Leave a comment

Philae via wikipedia

Philae (Image Wikipedia)

My brain is incapable of fathoming the mathematical calculation necessary to make it so a rocket that launched from Earth ten years ago and traveled 3.98 billion miles was able to rendezvou with a piece of rock the size of Lower Manhattan traveling at something like 47,000 miles an hour, and drop a probe (little ol’ Philae) the size of a washing machine on to it.
My mind is officially blown.

The Rosetta satellite and its probe payload arrived at the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Aug. 6 after 10 years, five months, and four days in space. Rosetta traveled 6.4 billion kilometers (3.98 billion miles) on its journey and orbited the sun five times.

The distance 510 million kilometers (317 million miles) between the comet and Earth means the ESA did not know for 28 minutes and 20 seconds whether or not the landing was successful.

More…

Apparently the anchors that were supposed to fire and embed themselves in the comet did not fire so engineers are working on what to do about that but still, What.  An.  Amazing.  Feat.

 

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Science.

Harvard Students Try to Pass the 1964 Louisiana “Literacy Test” (None of Them Do) Sweet EFAA (Food Bank) Video

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Follow Me On Twitter

Categories


%d bloggers like this: