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Of course, the big news today is Rosetta's successful dispatch of its lander, Philae, to the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, with - hopefully - confirmation of its landing expected somewhere around 1602 GMT. Rather touchingly, two of ESA's guests are Mr Churyumov and Ms Gerasimenko. ^_^



And here's one of Rosetta's solar panels, with the comet in the background. Is this not wondrous? =:D



But perhaps even more beautiful.. here's Philae, on its way down to the comet, seen by Rosetta. =:D



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They've done it! Landing has been confirmed!


The ESA and LiveStream streams have been overloaded, but seem to be back to normal now. NASA TV is sometimes mirroring the stream.

And elsewhere.. ^_^; I will say, Death in Heaven's propelled itself to amongst my favorite Cyberman episodes. I've long enjoyed them regardless, but rarely do we see any complexity in them - usually, just mindlessly loyal soldier-robots. Here, though.. so very, very much more. I shan't say more, to guard against spoilers, but I suspect this Christmas' DW special will be particularly eagerly awaited. ^_^

I finally saw the film adaptation of a book I read long ago, back at school - Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons". A different world, indeed, but no less engagingly fun for all that - and a reminder I ought to get up to the Lake District again someday. =:D

Apparently, Lucasfilm's set to release "Strange Magic", inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's refreshing to see more original character designs than the smooth people we've become accustomed to courtesy of Pixar and Dreamworks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
We're on a commmmmmet!

Obligatory XKCD links.
Ah, poop! Doesn't seem to be working for me. =:P I'd heard he was doing a sort of minute-by-minute thing. =:/

It's all absolutely incredible, either way. To make such a gentle touchdown on a comet.. FSM, the science teams within ESA must be running round the clock at the moment. =:D (And JPL! I loved that NASA rep's passionate justification of projects as audacious as Rosetta - sure, it's a lot of money in absolute terms, but compared against quite routine expenditures, it's basically peanuts. Let's do much, much more of it! So maybe Bezos and Branson have only $4b to blow on parties this year rather than $6b.. I'm sure they'd manage =:)

We've really accomplished something here! This is what we can aspire to. =:D
Yup, if you click on the image it takes you to a page where you can cycle through each image.
Always great to see things like this work out, especially impressive as they managed to get it to work without all the equipment working properly.
Oh, so very much so. ^_^

Even with the bunnyhops, they managed to complete the entire primary science suite. (Not as huge a surprise, given the primary battery is non-rechargeable, so was never in question - still, I imagine there was some frustration on realising they'd have to adopt that profile rather than having all the time they could have hoped for.

Still, there remains the possibility that Philae will manage to reawaken again, as it approaches the Sun next year.

I'm tremendously happy for everyone involved. ^_^ This was a mission for the history books, and on a relatively modest budget, too. Let's see much more of this kind of funding - and manned missions too, to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond. =:D