Not going lie, actually pretty excited… Abrams teases with Star Wars trailer..

OSIRIS spots Philae drifting across the comet – ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

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Ok, so this has been out for a couple of days now but it’s still fascinating if you haven’t seen it yet.. lots more info here.

Dawn, Ceres and Vesta

Ceres One Page

Vesta One Page 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…

Philae’s First Touchdown as viewed by NAVCAM

Down on the comet – Philae at the surface…

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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.

Philae is down! – The Good news and the not-so-great news..

ROLIS_descent_imageThe Good News:

• 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

Breaking – Confirmation that Philae has separated from Rosetta…

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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..

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