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Fingers crossed for Philae…

Oh boy… it’s close now, isn’t it? The Big Day… Landing Day… The day Mankind Catches A Comet…

Can’t you almost taste it?

We’ll have lots of info about Landing Day nearer the time. For now, I’ve made this quick-and-simple guide to the main events which will take place on Wednesday…

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Out There, at the comet, after being carried through the deep black of space for a decade, the Philae lander is now just a few days away from its own moment in the spotlight. Early on Thursday morning it will be switched on fully, and prepare for landing…

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That pic above is a screengrab from the latest brilliant animation produced by ESA. Look at the cute little guy getting dressed up for his big day… pulling on his boots, putting his sarnies in his bag, pulling on his headlamp and checking his camera…

I hope he has plenty of sandwiches and spare batteries… Poor thing, no-one’s told him it’s a one way trip…

Meanwhile, as the OSIRIS team continue to horde their images, like Gollum clutching The One Ring to his chest, ESA has released some more gorgeous images of 67P. I think this is one of the most striking views yet…

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Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

As usual, I couldn’t resist giving it a bit of a kick, to make things a bit more, well, obvious…

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WOW… look at thatspectacular doesn’t even come close, does it? I’m rather lost for words looking at that…

When I saw that I realised that, for the first time, ESA’s navcam images had finally crossed the line – the line between science and art. That image isn’t just interesting, or fascinating… it’s genuinely beautiful… And looking at it I knew I had to turn it into something even less scientific, something that attempts to show the true beauty of the comet. I hope you like it…

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Before anyone says anything, I know, I know… it’s garish, the colours are wrong, etc etc, but that’s not the point – I just wanted to make something different, something which shows the beauty of the mission and its target. I hope some of you like it. 🙂