So Rosetta and Philae are obviously a brilliant accomplishment and everybody involved did a fantastic job but I gotta be honest – it’s just a damn shame to not be seeing new pictures from the surface every other day.. I’m sure that we’re going to see a lot more great stuff from Rosetta – and there’s still hope that little Philae will get some more of those life-giving rays and pop back online in the near-future. – but let’s start to get excited about Ceres and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrival there in early 2015 – I don’t know why no one’s really talking about this much but then again I’m amazed why space isn’t front page news every week.. so I made these little graphics so I had all of the info in one place…
Well it’s front-page news right now so everyone probably has a good idea what’s going on – I wish the ESA all the best in getting the problems with Philae’s orientation sorted out as soon as possible.
• Landed on the comet
• Plenty of Data!
The maybe-not-so Good News.
• The anchoring harpoons did not fire
• Lander not anchored to the surface
• Scientists don’t really know what has happened
• Fluctuations in the radio link that is not fully understood
• The lander might have bounced after it landed
That’s the Rosetta spacecraft as Philae leaves the ‘mothership’ and heads for the comet – it’s cool because it shows that the lander is working and sending data back to Earth under it’s own power..
This is Mr. Churyumov getting his moment in the spotlight – he discovered the comet back in 1969..