Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Strange comet unlike anything known
MSNBC ^ | June 17, 2004

Posted on 06/18/2004 6:41:11 AM PDT by traumer

A detailed analysis of the comet Wild 2 (pronounced "Vilt 2") has left astronomers astounded at an object that has no known peers in the solar system.

The comet, examined in a close flyby in January by NASA's Stardust spacecraft, has towering protrusions and steep-walled craters that seem to defy gravity. More than a dozen jets of material shoot out from its insides. Dust swirls around the comet in unexpectedly dense pockets.

Among the bizarre features are two depressions with flat floors and nearly vertical walls that resemble giant footprints. They aren't structured like typical impact craters. The features have been named Left Foot and Right Foot in a new map of the comet, which is roughly 3 miles (5 kilometers) wide.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; comet; space
Looks like Darth Vader...

Sooner or later something will gonna get us.

1 posted on 06/18/2004 6:41:12 AM PDT by traumer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: traumer

This composite image was taken by the Stardust probe's navigation camera during its encounter with Comet Wild 2 in January. Several large depressed regions and jets of dust and gas can be seen. Comet Wild 2 is about 3.1 miles (5 kilometers in diameter.

2 posted on 06/18/2004 6:44:06 AM PDT by Rebelbase ( aka Gassybrowneyedbum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

Good, an interesting comet.


3 posted on 06/18/2004 6:45:14 AM PDT by demlosers
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

I'm a little confused here.

This is the first close up picture of a comet ever taken, AFAIK. But because they're seeing unexpected features, they're chalking it up to this comet being an aberration.

That is completely bassackwards. They should be examining their predictions and trying to see how the visual confirmation fit into current hypotheses. Instead they're throwing this one out as EXTRAordinary and keeping the old models intact.


4 posted on 06/18/2004 6:47:21 AM PDT by ruiner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rebelbase

Looks like a piece of a moon or planet from the early solar system, blown apart or smashed apart by a long done impact. But then, I'm convinced an orbiting moon or piece of a Mars moon slammed into Mars long ago, so don't take my speculations as worthy.


5 posted on 06/18/2004 6:47:56 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ruiner

Sorry, just read a paragraph I must have missed.


6 posted on 06/18/2004 6:48:13 AM PDT by ruiner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ruiner

RAMA!


7 posted on 06/18/2004 6:49:17 AM PDT by 50sDad ( ST3d - Star Trek Tri-D Chess! http://my.oh.voyager.net/~abartmes)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: ruiner

What?

You got something against the comet head being made of dirty ice? :^)

I think you're right. Some concept revision appears to be indicated.


8 posted on 06/18/2004 6:55:23 AM PDT by Ole Okie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ruiner
Of course they should, IF science, truth, and justice triumphed.
But then, government contracts may be at stake.
9 posted on 06/18/2004 6:56:41 AM PDT by Diogenesis (We do only what we are meant to do)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 50sDad
RAMA!

Nice call!

(steely)

10 posted on 06/18/2004 7:06:39 AM PDT by Steely Tom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: traumer

slick willie's ego?


11 posted on 06/18/2004 7:08:19 AM PDT by OldFriend (LOSERS quit when they are tired/WINNERS quit when they have won)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer
"The features have been named Left Foot and Right Foot in a new map of the comet, which is roughly 3 miles (5 kilometers) wide."

Damn! That's a HUGE map!

12 posted on 06/18/2004 7:08:45 AM PDT by Outlaw76 (Citizens on the Bounce!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 50sDad

FOOTFALL!


13 posted on 06/18/2004 7:12:15 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: traumer

Hope its not the comet I just saw in Chronciles of Riddick.


14 posted on 06/18/2004 7:13:24 AM PDT by finnman69 (hOcum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rebelbase
Several large depressed regions...


15 posted on 06/18/2004 7:21:36 AM PDT by IncPen (Proud member of the Half Vast Right Wing Conspiracy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: IncPen
" giant footprints."

The Silver Surfer, perhaps?


16 posted on 06/18/2004 7:27:36 AM PDT by Rebelbase ( aka Gassybrowneyedbum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: traumer

Maybe this is the comet that is coming to pick up those guys who all killed themsleves the last time a comet came around.


17 posted on 06/18/2004 7:28:45 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Outlaw76

Big feet?... The girls oughta like that!


18 posted on 06/18/2004 7:31:05 AM PDT by pageonetoo (Rights, what Rights'. You're kidding, right? This is Amerika!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Rebelbase

19 posted on 06/18/2004 7:42:19 AM PDT by IncPen (Proud member of the Half Vast Right Wing Conspiracy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: traumer

". . . has towering protrusions and steep-walled craters that seem to defy gravity."

Right! . . . . just examined the pot-marks and craters on my backyard landscape boulder and they defy gravity too.

WTF! It's a rock for criss sakes!

Oh, by the way, my government school once told me, there is NO gravity in space!

Geez, what do I have to do.

(snicker/snicker)


20 posted on 06/18/2004 7:55:24 AM PDT by BluSky (“Don’t make me come down there.”)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rodney King
Maybe this is the comet that is coming to pick up those guys who all killed themsleves the last time a comet came around.

Don't you hate it when you've killed yourself and it's the wrong comet.

21 posted on 06/18/2004 8:21:31 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: traumer

It's a giant quark.


22 posted on 06/18/2004 8:23:16 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TC Rider
Maybe this is the comet that is coming to pick up those guys who all killed themsleves the last time a comet came around.

Don't you hate it when you've killed yourself and it's the wrong comet.

Q: Why didn't the spaceship come to earth to pick up the Heaven's Gate cult members?

A: They didn't have the balls.

23 posted on 06/18/2004 9:01:27 AM PDT by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: BibChr
That is one of my favorite "read again and again" books. No better "alien invasion" book, in my opinion (and I couldn't help but think of it during Independence Day!) A close second for Best Book (SF) though may be "Mote in God's Eye".
24 posted on 06/18/2004 9:15:43 AM PDT by 50sDad ( ST3d - Star Trek Tri-D Chess! http://my.oh.voyager.net/~abartmes)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: 50sDad

That's right; I thought the best part was the dawning perceptions of the coming invasion, and ID was reminiscent (ripoff? homage?) of that. Ditto Rama.

Dan


25 posted on 06/18/2004 9:21:54 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: ruiner

Well said.


26 posted on 10/24/2004 2:35:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: traumer

BTTT


27 posted on 10/24/2004 2:38:11 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

looks like the Death Star


28 posted on 10/24/2004 2:45:01 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless President GWB and our Brave Troops)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

29 posted on 10/24/2004 2:47:28 PM PDT by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

30 posted on 10/24/2004 2:52:20 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Proud member of the Pajama Posse!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 75thOVI; AndrewC; Avoiding_Sulla; BenLurkin; Berosus; CGVet58; chilepepper; ckilmer; Eastbound; ...
Ping!
31 posted on 03/24/2006 10:30:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Yes indeed, Civ updated his profile and links pages again, on Monday, March 6, 2006.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Note: this topic is from 06/18/2004. It has been pinged on the Catastrophism list, but never got a proper ping message, nor had it been added to the catalog (looks like).
 
Catastrophism
 
· join · view topics · view or post blog · bookmark · post new topic · subscribe ·
 

32 posted on 01/22/2010 5:45:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


33 posted on 01/22/2010 5:47:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson