1446: "Landing"

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:01 pm UTC

according to the accompanying text this image:
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where each pixel is approx 3 m was taken with a camera designed for magiging the microstructure of the comet's surface now that the lander has landed. Talk about variable focus! 3 km to a couple of cm!
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby cah » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:12 pm UTC

Is the comic finished? When do we find out about the harpoons?

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby sdnelso2 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:12 pm UTC

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby geekguyandy » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:13 pm UTC

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


Probably right now on the briefing: http://new.livestream.com/ESA/cometlanding

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby TheTemplar » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:19 pm UTC

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

Still says live on the XKCD site.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Klear » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:20 pm UTC

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?)

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Moose Anus » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:22 pm UTC

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?)
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby geekguyandy » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:22 pm UTC

They are saying it landed, bounced a little bit because it didn't attach, and landed a second time. So maybe "HAVE WE LANDED ON A COMET:" needs to say "TWICE!"

Re: Rosetta - they plan to keep it within view for at least several days. Then it stays in orbit for a while. As it's running out of fuel in a year, they are considering a "soft landing" on the comet so it doesn't just hit hard later and crash into pieces.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Klear » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:32 pm UTC

geekguyandy wrote:They are saying it landed, bounced a little bit because it didn't attach, and landed a second time. So maybe "HAVE WE LANDED ON A COMET:" needs to say "TWICE!"

Re: Rosetta - they plan to keep it within view for at least several days. Then it stays in orbit for a while. As it's running out of fuel in a year, they are considering a "soft landing" on the comet so it doesn't just hit hard later and crash into pieces.


So at least they will be able to keep each other company. That's nice.

The "Have we landed on a comet" status used to say "Yes, at least once" a while back.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby ElWanderer » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:36 pm UTC

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

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby sdnelso2 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:39 pm UTC

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.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby sdnelso2 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:43 pm UTC

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?)
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby rivulatus » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:50 pm UTC

Sleep: Achieve
Catchup of thread: Done
Excitement about seeming success: in progress
harpoons: Disappointed with lack of firing

Now to get on with the day and unfortunately have to sit an exam.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Valarya » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:56 pm UTC

Qalyar wrote:You1 asked for it, and OTT tradition demands it, so here's the first double-dactyl version of today's events:
1well, no, no one did, actually...

Higgledy piggledy
Comets (their nuclei):
never has anyone
landed on one.

Though there were challenges,
Philae so signaled us,
anthropomorphically,
"This, I have done."


Cometish Dactyl, Qalyar!! :mrgreen:

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?


There is always cake. Or, well.. cupcakes, at least.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Klear » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:01 pm UTC

I made a gif:
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Here's a "real time" version with 5 minutes per frame, if anybody's interested:

http://i.imgur.com/WwMnazb.gif

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby HES » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:07 pm UTC

Awesome, Klear!
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby sdnelso2 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:09 pm UTC

Thanks Klear! Saw a few frames in there that I missed.

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Re: 1446: "???"

Postby Marsh'n » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:09 pm UTC

xokocodo wrote:Am I the only one who senses a "Time" like comic?


No, you're not the only one (says a voice still wandering through the past of 1190). I would say I was relieved, but I think it might be more that I was relived. Or unbasemented. I have no idea what that means.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby burnthills » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:15 pm UTC

It's very impressive that they have been next to the comet for several months, matching speed, getting closer and closer since dec 2013. That must have been the second highest anxiety level apart from landing.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby geekguyandy » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:21 pm UTC

burnthills wrote:It's very impressive that they have been next to the comet for several months, matching speed, getting closer and closer since dec 2013. That must have been the second highest anxiety level apart from landing.


It was said that 80% of the science was done from Rosetta. Philae was just a side project that was unlikely, but certainly hopeful. Doesn't hurt that it turns a robot mission into something people care much more about than previous fly-bys.

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This was awesome, by the way.

Postby ergman » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:35 pm UTC

wooh! blitzed, but the most recent images aren't loading! How will I know if it's still updating? halp!

edit: nevermind, I'm fine now. This was awesome. I wasn't exactly here live (unless it's still going?) but I still managed to show up closer to the start than I did for Time, and this was very exciting! So here's to Space, the second of hopefully more than two xkcd slow-animations.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby lmjb1964 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:38 pm UTC

Wow. Just blitzed the thread in two big chunks. Really exciting! Randall is funny. You guys are funny. I enjoyed experiencing this with all of you, in almost real time.

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Here's a "real time" version with 5 minutes per frame, if anybody's interested:

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby sdnelso2 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:48 pm UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:
Woohoo! We landed on a comet!


This is, more or less exactly, the thought that keeps looping through my head today.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Coyoty » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:56 pm UTC

Looks like they've made a clean landing. Now we can start mining detergent, right? That's why we're there?

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby geekguyandy » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:02 pm UTC

Hopefully he'll have some good comics or timelapse comics for the other exciting events coming up too.

Expected in early May, the Dawn spacecraft will be landing on Ceres, a dwarf planet between Earth and Mars with 2.8% of Earth's gravity. It already orbited the protoplanet Vesta on it's way over. Speculation is that this could be a launching point for future Mars and beyond missions, since it's large enough to have gravity, but can easily be escaped.

Then in July, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by the Pluto system, though no landings for this one.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby ChronosDragon » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:07 pm UTC

geekguyandy wrote:Then in July, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by the Pluto system, though no landings for this one.


That would be a bit harder to live-update on. 4.5 hours is a hell of a light-speed delay.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby tman2nd » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:11 pm UTC

I'm all caught up now! I wonder if there'll be anymore updates. It still says [LIVE].

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Qalyar wrote:You1 asked for it, and OTT tradition demands it, so here's the first double-dactyl version of today's events:
1well, no, no one did, actually...

Higgledy piggledy
Comets (their nuclei):
never has anyone
landed on one.

Though there were challenges,
Philae so signaled us,
anthropomorphically,
"This, I have done."


Cometish Dactyl, Qalyar!! :mrgreen:

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?


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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby The Devils Engineer » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:35 pm UTC

Is anyone else (like me) still looking for that whale on the surface of the comet? He's there.......right?......... :D

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby kenmelken » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:38 pm UTC

I often doodle during meetings at work. Today my drawings took on a certain general theme...

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Arky » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:02 pm UTC

Had to finally go to sleep last night around about page 13, with Philae bravely approaching the comet after the Worried Era, so very psyched to wake up this morning and ketchup the thread and the news, and both are good. Wish I could have been here live for it all!
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Arky » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:04 pm UTC

sdnelso2 wrote:
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.


Damn lazy light. What a slowcoach. Refuses to ever increase speed.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:04 pm UTC

I can't wait until it discovers the "RoSETI Stone."

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:08 pm UTC

Can't believe it took me this long to think of this, but:


Mech-software-electronic-robotty's on the comet and I can't get a job.


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Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:39 pm UTC

Great double-dactyl, Qalyar, and gif, Klear!

I wonder if 17:15 will be the last frame or not. We need the title text to change to "The end." or something to be sure...
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Postby kenmelken » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:44 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Great double-dactyl, Qalyar, and gif, Klear!

I wonder if 17:15 will be the last frame or not. We need the title text to change to "The end." or something to be sure...


My guess is that he's probably gone to sleep for a while, and isn't yet sure himself whether or not it will be the last frame, because he might be hoping to learn more about the harpoon deployment situation when he awakens.

Who knows... maybe this strip will continue to post updates throughout the duration of the probe's mission (which would mean through March, assuming all goes well).
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Flumble » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:48 pm UTC

I'm a bit late to the party, but: YAY, the comet attached to Philae successfully! :D

Envelope Generator wrote:I just noticed there's still one whale in there. It is HIDING! But it is not so smart!

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PolakoVoador wrote:I couldn't understand the image at all.

It's moments after the Philae lander separated from Rosetta, about 5 hours ago. You can see Rosetta's solar panels, a lot of lens flare, and little else. It's like a J.J. Abrams establishing shot.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby ziwcam » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:59 pm UTC

Great double-dactyl, Qalyar, and gif, Klear!

I wonder if 17:15 will be the last frame or not. We need the title text to change to "The end." or something to be sure...


According to xkcd1446.org:
Note: This event is over. You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to browse through the images.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby ergman » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:01 pm UTC

ziwcam wrote:
Great double-dactyl, Qalyar, and gif, Klear!

I wonder if 17:15 will be the last frame or not. We need the title text to change to "The end." or something to be sure...


According to xkcd1446.org:
Note: This event is over. You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to browse through the images.

aww. but xkcd1446 isn't Randall run, so that's just the guy who made that making an assumption.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:08 pm UTC

Blitz report NP 7-23

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby geekguyandy » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:14 pm UTC

There will be more updates from ESA at 13:00 GMT / 14:00 CET, Thursday, 13 November. And the first phase of the science mission lasts about 2.5 days. Then after that it will rely on solar power to continue with longer term activities as long as conditions allow.


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