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by sdnelso2
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
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Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

What do you suppose the purpose of the zooming out is, spacewhales aside?
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Scientists still with a status of [Wine]. Must be having quite the extended weekend!
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

So we are at 1 image per day now? Title text is still "LIVE". Philae doesn't have much to say as he's currently hibernating, and Rosetta probably only will be checking in every day or week or so, seeing as she's orbiting the comet for quite a while now. So they could still be real time. S...
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I'm finally seeing the new frame (new comic? newpix?) on my end as well. I think the thought bubbles don't bother me because they're in space. Given the angle it's drawn at, it almost looks like a 3D forced perspective picture. Perhaps with Earth sending thoughts of thinking of Philae out to Rosetta...
by sdnelso2
Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

why didn't they put an RTG into the lander? that would have provided energy for years. Same reason they didn't put all sorts of other components in, and why Rosetta took 10 years and a couple of Earth flybys to get to the point of dropping Philae off - we don't have efficient lifting capability, so...
by sdnelso2
Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

CasCat wrote: So, has anyone noticed that Philae is quiet now? (Perhaps he's asleep. Resting up for when he's close to the sun and gets power (we hope) again...)

I guess I wouldn't have noticed. So it looks like "I landed! I'm on a comet. I'm OK and I'm on a comet." are the canonized last words?
by sdnelso2
Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

In other news, they've finally pinpointed exactly where Philae impacted and bounced off the comet, with pictures. Philae is the white pixel, its shadow is the black pixel, and the smudge is the impact point. With the pixel hunting that must have been involved, I'm a little surprised nobody from the ...
by sdnelso2
Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

It was a good run, Philae. You will always be remembered. We are all looking forward to your 2015 return! On more of a Terran note, awesome work with the drawings and poetry here! It's just the right combination of sad and awwww . Do we have a consensus on whether Philae will be referred to as "...
by sdnelso2
Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104871
Views: 29902453

Re: 1190: "Time"

Neil_Boekend wrote:If you want to join...

My engineering classes require my attention. But perhaps one day.
by sdnelso2
Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104871
Views: 29902453

Re: 1190: "Time"

This thread is truly mind-boggling. You have your own language. You are your own unique, self-contained internet community. If I took 5 minutes per page in blitzing (in order to actually comprehend what was being said, instead of just skimming), I would have to read for close to 7 days, non stop, be...
by sdnelso2
Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Still no change on the image. Alt-text is still [LIVE]. Hmm I don't know if it's worth a redraw or not, but based on what we've seen, I feel like Philae should be in a bit more of a crater / cave / not out in the open. Then again, we don't really know where he is. I hope he wakes up again, it would...
by sdnelso2
Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Any updates? It got so quiet around here.
by sdnelso2
Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

May I just say: Damn you, Randall, for making me (and probably most of us) believe that Rovers and Landers have human feelings and emotions. I'm so sad that poor little Philae is lying on it's side, doing its job as good as it could. I think he was trying to portray Philae as more excited to be the...
by sdnelso2
Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Seems like they're going to drill without the harpoons, no much battery left... 60 hours of battery life isn't much, but here's to hoping it's enough. I'm a little concerned about how they're even gonna drill. They aren't anchored down and it certainly seems like Philae is sitting at an unstable an...
by sdnelso2
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Finally checking back in here to say, thanks for all the updates! It's like a curated news feed for all things Philae and Rosetta. I was gone all day at school and working on an extremely frustrating programming project, so I missed the updates about it bouncing and re-attaching. I'm still hoping fo...
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

lmjb1964 wrote:
Woohoo! We landed on a comet!


This is, more or less exactly, the thought that keeps looping through my head today.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Thanks Klear! Saw a few frames in there that I missed.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Moose Anus wrote:
Klear wrote:
cah wrote:Is the comic finished? When do we find out about the harpoons?


That's probably it. I'd like to hear from Rosetta before the end though. Is she going to stay in orbit forever now? (And not get to go home either?)
They are home.

As long as they have each other.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

ElWanderer wrote:The comic has (finally) made it on to the BBC's live page.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/science- ... t-29985988

Will there be cake?

Only if the space whales aren't lying to us. They've kept pretty quiet except for the AAAA so we can't know for sure.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

New cell phone background. Thanks for the picture link!
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

geekguyandy wrote:There's a media briefing expected in just a few minutes, though it was already delayed by 30min once.

http://new.livestream.com/ESA/cometlanding

Well, light only travels so quickly.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

This was a triumph!
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I'll be back in about half an hour. See y'all fifteen forum pages later!
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

JDGA wrote:The livestream just stated that the harpoons never actually fired. Oops.

aaaa?
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I must have missed the planetbending bit. But hey, we don't need to put all the details into the movie.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I feel a movie coming from this. The Comet Catchers. The Comet Catchers and the Harpoons of Hope Seriously. The elements like a 10-year mission, last minute complications, a successful mission and the whole world (*internet) celebrating at the end, all could add up to a blockbuster. Don't forget th...
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

BlitzGirl wrote:
sdnelso2 wrote:I feel a movie coming from this. The Comet Catchers.

The Comet Catchers and the Harpoons of Hope

Seriously. The elements like a 10-year mission, last minute complications, a successful mission and the whole world (*internet) celebrating at the end, all could add up to a blockbuster.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I feel a movie coming from this. The Comet Catchers.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Touchdown. https://sslimgs.xkcd.com/comics/landing/r_16-20-00_5kNwJ7gpN2.png Isn't more like, "Hey, Comet, I got you a lander"? No, Philae wouldn't say that. Philae is the lander, getting a comet for earth. Of course, transportation may be a problem. But if we got those landing thrusters ...
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Good job, little probe!
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I can't wait to hear what they find out. Especially if the whales are in a helpful mood.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

There are no words to convey the awesome.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Dracomax wrote:
Klear wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:Lander is on the surface, harpoons have been fired, landing gear inside, Philae is talking to us! WE ARE ON THE COMET!


Does landing gear even have an inside?

It can't be all outside, can it?

"In breaking news, NASA unveils Klein bottle based landing gear."
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

WHOOOOOOOO!!!! brb, updating coworkers.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I think we killed xkcd1446.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I NEED TO KNOW. I just got a text from my friend all excited. WHAT IS THE STATUS?
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Rvanbergen wrote:
sdnelso2 wrote:I had the opportunity to explain this to my coworkers today. Now they're all excited too! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

... Don't they have any work to do?

Yeah, but SCIENCE is being done.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

BlitzGirl wrote:
sdnelso2 wrote:I would check the OTT, but 1500 pages and counting is a bit much...

*2100 pages

Yeah, I gave up at less than 100 pages of blitzing. Haven't checked back there in quite a while.
by sdnelso2
Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 145006

Re: 1446: "Landing"

manvandmaan wrote:Maybe Time was a live-feed too!

I would check the OTT, but 1500 pages and counting is a bit much...

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