Rosetta space probe sends last photo before striking comet to complete its mission


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/30/rosetta-space-probe-sends-last.html


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“It’s like one of those 60s rock bands; we don’t want to have a rubbish comeback tour. We’d rather go out now in true rock’n’roll style.”

Righteous!


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Read this morning that the spacecraft impacted the comet ~2mph, which is slower than a human walking pace. And now we have two more pieces of human-made tech being flung out into outer space, never to return. Quite an amazing journey!


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Did you catch the scale of the image from the caption?

The image scale is about 5 mm/pixel and the image measures about 2.4 m across

That just seems amazing!


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needs a banana for scale


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It’s amazing it had time to transmit.


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Ahhh! Woooh! What’s happening? Who am I? Why am I here? What’s my purpose in life? What do I mean by who am I? Okay okay, calm down calm down get a grip now. Ooh, this is an interesting sensation. What is it? Its a sort of tingling in my… well I suppose I better start finding names for things. Lets call it a… solar panel! Yeah! Solar Panel! And hey, what’s this roaring sound, whooshing past what I’m suddenly gonna call my antenna? Solar Wind! Is that a good name? It’ll do. Yeah, this is really exciting. I’m dizzy with anticipation! Or is it the wind? There’s an awful lot of that now isn’t it? And what’s this thing coming toward me very fast? So big and bumpy and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ‘Aw’, ‘Awm’, ‘Come’, Comet’! That’s it! Comet! Ha! I wonder if it’ll be friends with me? Hello, Comet!


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Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the Philae lander, before it bounced off the comet’s surface and lodged itself in a crevice, was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the lander had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.


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I appear to have something in my eye. :’)


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Impact point of Rosetta probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Sept. 30, 2016.


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A face! Do you see the face? It’s proof of life …on… comet. Just like Aum Shinryuko said all along!


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It’s better to impact
Than to fade away
My, my, hey, hey


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Give a hoot, don’t pollute!


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The image is blurred by Rosetta’s final tears


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The last thing to go through its mind was its butt.