Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How's This for An Amazing Accomplishment?

This is mind-boggling on many levels, and I'm not just talking about the photo:

Here's some back ground info from the fascinating account over at Popular Science:
After a 10-year journey, the Rosetta spacecraft finally reached its destination this morning. Launched by the European Space Agency in 2004, the spacecraft has traveled across four billion(!) miles to a comet named “67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko." Now both objects are circling the Sun somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, traveling at 34,000 miles per hour.
Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, and if all goes according to plan, later this year the spacecraft will also be the first to land a probe on the comet's surface.
They're going to land the satelite on this comet? Are you kidding me? That's just mind-bending!  Kudos to the rocket scientists (literally!) at the ESA