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Longest ice approach in history

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ESA's Philae Lander, scheduled to touch down on Comet 67P/C-G on Nov 12, will be the first spacecraft in history to carry a rack of (3) ice screws.

 

Upon landing, it will have lugged those screws a total of 6.5 billion km.

 

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i imagine it's hard to stay stuck to somethign w/ the gravitional pull of a 9 year old's titty :)

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Free solo. They just dropped the thing from an altitude of 22 km. No landing thrusters (the top thrusters failed). Wow. Nicely done.

 

7 cameras on board. 1st surface pics in a few hours.

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The ice harpoons failed and downward thrusters failed, so it seems to have bounced a bit. Very soft surface. Pow pow?

 

Skinny skis OK considering the average dood would weigh less than a gram.

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