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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#221  Postby Bubalus » Jun 14, 2015 2:45 pm

Excellent News! :dance:
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#222  Postby Onyx8 » Jun 14, 2015 4:58 pm

How cool is that?
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Philae comet lander wakes up

#224  Postby Shrunk » Jun 14, 2015 5:13 pm

On its blog, ESA (European Space Agency) said Philae had contacted Earth, via Rosetta, for 85 seconds on Saturday in the first contact since going into hibernation in November.

"Philae is doing very well. It has an operating temperature of -35C and has 24 watts available," said Philae project manager Stephan Ulamec.

Scientists say they now waiting for the next contact.

ESA scientist Mark McCaughrean told the BBC: "It's been a long seven months, and to be quite honest we weren't sure it would happen - there are a lot of very happy people around Europe at the moment."

Philae was carrying large amounts of data that scientists hoped to download once they made contact again, he said.

"I think we're optimistic now that it's awake that we'll have several months of scientific data to pore over," he added....


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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#225  Postby newolder » Jun 14, 2015 5:17 pm

Well, I thought the LHC restart was cool but Philae's restart is way cooler. Excellent engineering, 300 million km from home planet. :cheers: :popcorn:
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#226  Postby newolder » Jun 14, 2015 6:03 pm

Sky @ Night update video from Chris Lintott: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02tq22d
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#227  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jun 14, 2015 11:30 pm

Awesome! Can't wait to see what new science comes out of this second chance.
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#228  Postby newolder » Jun 15, 2015 2:46 pm

Matt Taylor (in a fine shirt) gives brief, impromptu interview about Philae's future:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ts9qm
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#229  Postby Calilasseia » Jun 16, 2015 7:56 pm

Matt Taylor also reports that Philae is in good shape despite its adventures, but the new problem is ensuring that Rosetta is in an orbit that allows good communications signals to be obtained.
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#230  Postby newolder » Jun 17, 2015 8:38 am

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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#231  Postby newolder » Jun 17, 2015 9:18 am

While the Rosetta and Philae teams are busy planning the next activities for the spacecraft and lander, CometWatch continues with a new view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured on 7 June 2015, several days before Philae's wake-up call was received. This single frame NAVCAM image, taken at a distance of 203 km from the comet, has a resolution of 17.3 m/pixel and measures 17.8 km across. ...continues

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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#232  Postby newolder » Jun 17, 2015 10:35 am

12 years in 2 minutes-ish
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#233  Postby Evolving » Jun 17, 2015 10:46 am

Cool, thanks.
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#234  Postby Willie71 » Jun 17, 2015 3:31 pm

WooHooooo!!!!!!

We don't need no stinking myths to be awed!!! This is absolutely unfuckingbelievably incredible!!!!!!!
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#235  Postby newolder » Jun 19, 2015 4:57 pm

Comet lander Philae renews contact

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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#236  Postby newolder » Jun 23, 2015 10:29 am

The adventure continues: ESA today confirmed that its Rosetta mission will be extended until the end of September 2016, at which point the spacecraft will most likely be landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ...

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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#237  Postby newolder » Aug 11, 2015 3:02 pm

Exciting outbursts as comet nears perihelion.
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In the approach to perihelion over the past few weeks, Rosetta has been witnessing growing activity from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, with one dramatic outburst event proving so powerful that it even pushed away the incoming solar wind.

The comet reaches perihelion on Thursday, the moment in its 6.5-year orbit when it is closest to the Sun. In recent months, the increasing solar energy has been warming the comet’s frozen ices, turning them to gas, which pours out into space, dragging dust along with it.

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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#238  Postby Calilasseia » Oct 29, 2015 11:43 am

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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#239  Postby THWOTH » Oct 29, 2015 9:08 pm

Ooo. Fancy. :D
What might this mean as far as the possible conditions for terrestial life? Anything?
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Re: Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

#240  Postby Scot Dutchy » Feb 12, 2016 11:29 am

Ground control bids farewell to Philae comet lander

Ground controllers say it is time to give up hope of ever hearing again from the comet lander Philae.

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission dropped the robot onto Comet 67P in November 2014.

But after a troubled landing and 60 hours of operation, there has largely been radio silence from Philae.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR), which led the consortium behind Philae, said the lander is probably now covered in dust and too cold to function
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