We Just Landed a Robot on a Comet

We Just Landed a Robot on a Comet

While Kim Kardashian was trying to break The Internet with her backside, the intelligent humans of Earth, in an attempt to better understand comments and quite possibly the origins of life on Earth, managed to land a probe on a comment moving at around 135,000 kilometers per hour. That’s not even the impressive part. The Rosetta spacecraft was launched ten years ago with this very landing as its goal. Think about that. Ten years ago Rosetta launched, and now, some 6.4 billion miles later, it aligned with its target and launched its probe. The science behind that is mind boggling – Rosetta has used things like gravity assist manoeuvres to accelerate throughout the inner Solar System. It’s also carrying text and information, like a Rosetta stone from Earth, in case aliens find it – let’s hope they do. There’s so much science and info about this mission, and if you’re interested I suggest you do some reading, it really is incredible. Another rad thing about this European Space Agency mission, is that they commissioned a 6 minute arty sci-fi short starring the dude from Game of Thrones about the idea and the possibilities of unlocking the secrets of life on Earth. Watch it below, then get into the science of the thing. It’s a good day to be a human. Unless that comet belongs to someone else.

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