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Sleeping Rosetta Spacecraft Wakes Up for Historic Comet Rendezvous and Landing
space.com ^ | 1-20-14 | Mike Wall

Posted on 01/20/2014 9:34:30 PM PST by smokingfrog

A European probe awoke from a deep sleep Monday (Jan. 20) to gear up for an unprecedented comet rendezvous and landing this year that will cap a 10-year voyage across the solar system.

After two and a half years in hibernation, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft emerged from its slumber while cruising nearly 418 million miles (673 million kilometers) from the sun. The wakeup call, which was due to begin at 5 a.m. EST (1000 GMT), took hours as Rosetta switched on heaters to warm itself after its long night in the cold depths of space.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: churyumovgerasimenko; comet; comet67p; comets; jetpropulsionlab; rosetta; space
"We have our comet-chaser back," said Alvaro Giménez, ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, in a statement. "With Rosetta, we will take comet exploration to a new level."
1 posted on 01/20/2014 9:34:30 PM PST by smokingfrog
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Hello world!
2 posted on 01/20/2014 9:35:12 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

My apologies to the universe.

I sent her up there to get her off my back.

I never thought she’d wake up and latch on the first hard thing she could find....


3 posted on 01/20/2014 9:37:26 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: smokingfrog

4 posted on 01/20/2014 9:52:26 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: smokingfrog

I heard about this today.
It is like 500 million miles into space.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 10:08:40 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: smokingfrog

To do what?


6 posted on 01/20/2014 10:17:02 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe

They intend to land it on a comet.


7 posted on 01/20/2014 10:18:53 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: smokingfrog

Bump


8 posted on 01/20/2014 10:21:45 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: hosepipe

If all goes well, Rosetta will release a piggyback probe toland on the comet in November.

“We shall be on and around the comet to see how it is ‘living’ for more than one year, “ ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said during a live webcast Monday. “It’s risky, because nobody has done that before, but this is the price to pay to learn about the origin of the solar system and perhaps more of the origin of life.”


9 posted on 01/20/2014 10:22:22 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

In theory comets come from deep deep space and are what delivered water to our forming planet.
The delivered the building blocks of life.


10 posted on 01/20/2014 10:29:06 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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Rosetta spacecraft will orbit a comet and release a lander.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.
11 posted on 01/20/2014 10:29:17 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: mylife

That’s what they say.


12 posted on 01/20/2014 10:30:00 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

It is a shame the last one plowed into the sun.

I filmed Hale Bopp in the remotest areas of the desert southwest (Ft Irwin) and then filmed it on night vision.

The length of the tail increased 5 fold on night vision.

I caught a meteor bisecting the tail.
To bad that film is on VHS C.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 10:33:56 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: smokingfrog

It is fascinating.


14 posted on 01/20/2014 10:35:20 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
To bad that film is on VHS C

Sounds like it would be worth having converted into a DVD!

15 posted on 01/20/2014 10:37:18 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Yeah, my friend is curator of the Houston Museum of natural science’s Astronomy dept and she suggested that I send it to NASA.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 10:39:05 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

I agree..fascinating for sure. I read about this just today and couldn’t imagine what it was like to be there for these folks. Though I’m not into space thingy’s I do find certain happenings/discoveries interesting.

Still find it amazing we have robots walking on Mars surface....that was fun watching and hard to imagine possible!


17 posted on 01/20/2014 10:41:11 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

These calculations were made decades ago.

You can determine the height of Lunar Mountains using trigonometry and lunar occultations.

I am an idiot, but there are really smart people out there.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 10:44:48 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: smokingfrog
I got some real good A10 warthog action from the same deployment ☺
19 posted on 01/20/2014 10:48:15 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Space-related, future APOD-fodder pingy thingy.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 10:48:41 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: mylife

Yes, my brother is one of those smart people. He has such a mathematical and scientific mind that it’s difficult at times understanding what he’s talking about....he forgets we don’t “think” as he does! Ha!


21 posted on 01/20/2014 10:50:54 PM PST by caww
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To: caww
Yeah and they don't think like us LOL.

The oil lamp comes on in the car and they are flummoxed.

Go figure... LOL ☺

22 posted on 01/20/2014 10:54:55 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: caww

I’m still trying to figure out I/Q pairs.

I don’t have time to learn everything, but try to be a jack of all trades.


23 posted on 01/20/2014 10:58:39 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: caww

Ooops..

Left out the link.

http://www.ni.com/white-paper/4805/en/


24 posted on 01/20/2014 10:59:40 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: caww

You know the old adage.

Master of none.


25 posted on 01/20/2014 11:03:56 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
The oil lamp comes on in the car and they are flummoxed.

Well you have to admit that using a different language for the dashboards to kind of stupid.

26 posted on 01/21/2014 4:28:17 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: mylife
These calculations were made decades ago.

With a slide rule.....

27 posted on 01/21/2014 4:32:02 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: smokingfrog

28 posted on 01/21/2014 4:33:36 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: smokingfrog
The wakeup call, which was due to begin at 5 a.m. EST (1000 GMT), took hours as Rosetta switched on heaters...

Went something like this...

29 posted on 01/21/2014 7:48:20 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: mylife

You’re gonna haf to tell me that story sometime..


30 posted on 01/21/2014 7:59:47 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: JRios1968

Aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!


31 posted on 01/21/2014 8:06:04 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Squawk 8888

Thanks Squawk 8888.

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32 posted on 01/21/2014 4:49:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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