I’m going to take a little bit of a different path for today, so bear with me. It’s still tech, and it’s still Wednesday, but it’s different from most all I’ve written.
These Tech Wednesday posts usually start at about 8:30, when I decide I need to write something. This one is starting at 9:30. Why? I could not find anything decent to write on. Until I found a video buried within the deep confines of reddit discussing a space mission run by the European Space Agency (ESA). It’s called Rosetta. And it’s friggin’ crazy. This mission has one main objective: land on a comet. Yes, the Europeans basically said “eh, that big, visible rock that is visible from the Earth is too mainstream. We’ll just undertake this decade long mission to go land on this ball of icy rock hurtling through space at thousands of miles an hour.”
Now, I have two things to present to you. One is a gif that details the entire flight path of the Rosetta probe over the entire 10 years the mission has taken. Here that is. Can we take a moment to appreciate the math required to do this? And the fact that it was done 10 years in advance??? Truly awe-inspiring stuff.
Secondly, I found a video that explains the details of the comet-landing perfectly. In fact, a five-year-old could understand it. Here that one is. The system is reminiscent of the old Command Service Module/Lunar Excursion Module (CSM/LEM) system that Apollo (yes, that Apollo) used. Just watch.
Well, that’s about it. I’m not going to write a bunch of stuff about the program that I don’t know mainly because, well, I did not know about this program. It started in 2004 and I never ever heard so much as a whisper about it. This is exactly where I think space should not be headed. Space exploration is more than a country-wide effort, it is a species-wide effort, and it should be taught and talked about as such.
Short post tonight mainly because I’m tired and it has not been an extremely bang-wiz-wow week in tech. But Rosetta caught my attention just before I put off TW for next week.
Hope you enjoyed!