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One more day to go…

Big day tomorrow… oh, there is SO much riding on one little spaceprobe, so many hopes and dreams hanging in the balance…

…and looking at this Tweet from earlier today, little Philae is *very* excited about his date with destiny tomorrow…

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Philae! Naughty boy! 😉

By this time tomorrow we’ll be less than an hour away from knowing if Philae has landed successfully on the surface of Comet 67P. Overnight, in the lead up to that, you’ll be able to follow all the excitement, drama and tension online, as ESA is broadcasting a 24hr long webcast, so you can tune in and follow everything that happens, as it happens. Pretty sure this is a first – such a long webcast – so full credit to ESA for being big and bold AGAIN with the ROSETTA mission.

Having followed the mission for so long, I’ve taken tomorrow off work so I can watch the build-up to the landing, and the landing itself, as they happen. I’ve got my good luck peanuts in (its a spacey tradition, didn’t you know?) and have built my Rosetta model too…

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…now all I have to do is get through one more work shift, get home, then I can sit back and watch what happens. I’m sure everything will be fine, but I still can feel the first butterflies starting to flitter and flutter in my stomach…

Still, if Philae does have any problems, all he has to do is stick out his thumb and I’m sure someone will come along and lend a hand…

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More soon…

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2 Responses

  1. Claudia Mignone, PhD in cosmology
    Blog Editor Rosetta Blog
    (http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/editors/)

    writes on the ESA Rosetta Blog
    “Science Update – 11 November: Three months at the Comet”
    (http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/11/science-update-
    11-november-three-months-at-the-comet/) :

    ” .. Over the past three months, scientists from
    the OSIRIS team have been studying the comet and
    its surface in great detail to enable the selection
    of a landing site for Philae and the landing itself. .. °

    ‘in great detail’! – and all they found was site J ?

    You may try to look at ‘J’ on recent images

    ESA :
    when you had the guts to withhold image material
    from OSIRIS for month and plan to continue to do so –
    WHAT IN THIS WORLD makes you believe that the scientific
    world community is impressed by releases like the one
    Claudia posted?

    ” .. Over the past three months, scientists from
    the OSIRIS team have been studying the comet and
    its surface in great detail to enable the selection
    of a landing site for Philae and the landing itself. .. °

    The upcoming Missions NASA/DAWN & NASA/New Horizon
    and the way NASA presents the results to the international
    community will unveil the difference mercyless.

    The media briefing

    (http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/11/science-update
    -11-november-three-months-at-the-comet/)

    was presented by an employee dressed in a hawaiian hula
    shirt exposing massive tattoos on both arms.

    Sorry ESA – just no class !

  2. Serious malfunction of one Philae lander subsystem.
    The Nitrogen tank feeding a thruster supposed to press Philae down on surface didn’t open.
    Both main and reserve system failed.
    Due to Philae design there is a good chance P. bounces back into space like a tennisball.
    The chances of a successful landing are reduced dramatically.

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