1446: "Landing"

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Qalyar » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:04 pm UTC

Or perhaps the comet will speak Beanish?

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:05 pm UTC

Qalyar wrote:Or perhaps the comet will speak Beanish?

That's possible. But the comet is not wearing a black beanie.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Quercus » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:06 pm UTC

Awesome snippet from the Rosetta wikipedia article.

In November 2007, during its second flyby, the Rosetta spacecraft was mistaken for a near-Earth asteroid and given the designation 2007 VN84. Based upon images taken by a 0.68-metre telescope of the Catalina Sky Survey, an astronomer 'discovered' the spacecraft and misidentified it as an asteroid about 20 m (66 ft) in diameter, and performed a trajectory calculation showing that it would make its closest flyby of the Earth at a distance of 5,700 km (3,500 mi) on 13 November 2007. This extremely close approach (in astronomical terms) led to speculation that 2007 VN84 might be at risk of impacting the Earth.[71] However, astronomer Denis Denisenko recognised that the trajectory matched that of the Rosetta probe, which was performing a flyby of Earth en route to its rendezvous with a comet.[72] The Minor Planet Center later confirmed in an editorial release that 2007 VN84 was actually the spacecraft.[73]

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:08 pm UTC

Also, if the comet speaks Beanish, it's likely Rosetta will be able to translate.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby PolakoVoador » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:09 pm UTC

The comet is officially not Big, but Near

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby manvandmaan » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:11 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:Have you guys seen the pictures Rosetta has been taking of the comet - they're beautiful.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/europeans ... 315605535/


On one of them, the comet looks like a Prothean from Mass Effect. The one that is called "The Dark Side of the Comet". Kinda creepy :o
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Flotter » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:11 pm UTC

Magdiragdag wrote:Hi, Philae
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Did anyone catch the previous frame?

Was there 14:55 frame? xkcd1446.org also skips that one...

The comet has changed from Big1 to Near.

1Seaish?

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:12 pm UTC

I don't think so. Some of these intervals do not have corresponding frames.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Patteroast » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:13 pm UTC

15:10
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Wheee!
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby kenmelken » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:14 pm UTC

I'm certainly glad for this thread. My work internet filters the active content on the actual comic, so this is my only way to see the updates.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:15 pm UTC

Philae is now below spacewhale altitude.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Patteroast » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:15 pm UTC

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby sdnelso2 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:16 pm UTC

For some reason, I'm stuck at the 2hr image. Glad I can see the live ones here!

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Foarm » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:16 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Philae is now below spacewhale altitude.

No landing on that spacewhale then...
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:17 pm UTC

Mission control is nervous (probably for the spacewhale).

There's also been an ellipsis after NOT YET for a few frames.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby taixzo » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:18 pm UTC

Molpy up!

Glad I made it back in time for landing! And everything that's happening! WOW! :D
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby thomasloven » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:19 pm UTC

All those pictures they keep talking about... are they on the internet yet? My Google-fu is failing me.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Patteroast » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:20 pm UTC

15:20
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Almost...
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Envelope Generator » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:22 pm UTC

I got home from work and here for some reason the strip is stuck at 14:25. Aaaaaaa.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby ucim » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:22 pm UTC

PolakoVoador wrote:The comet is officially not Big, but Near
That's 'cause it does what it wants.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:22 pm UTC

Back to Philae: Wow.

Part of the landscape just disappeared underneath it. I'd be wow about that too.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby PolakoVoador » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:23 pm UTC

Meanwhile, it seems US scientists are yet to recover from the hangover.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby HAL9000 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:24 pm UTC

thomasloven wrote:All those pictures they keep talking about... are they on the internet yet? My Google-fu is failing me.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/europeanspaceagency/sets/72157638315605535/

There you go. Like pretty much any other picture of space stuff, I find them hauntingly beautiful.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:24 pm UTC

PolakoVoador wrote:Meanwhile, it seems US scientists are yet to recover from the hangover.

They have should stayed night all up like I did. I'm fine.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Foarm » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:24 pm UTC

thomasloven wrote:All those pictures they keep talking about... are they on the internet yet? My Google-fu is failing me.

Here are some parting shots: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/12/farewell-philae/
http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/12/farewell-rosetta/
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby snnw » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:25 pm UTC

If your image is stuck, refresh the page. Some of the mirrors (c4 and c5?) are stuck on an earlier frame. Refreshing will choose a new random mirror, hopefully giving you one that is working correctly.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby PolakoVoador » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:26 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
PolakoVoador wrote:Meanwhile, it seems US scientists are yet to recover from the hangover.

They have should stayed night all up like I did. I'm fine.

Or just keep drinking. It's a wonderful way to avoid hangover.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby XonqNopp » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:26 pm UTC

How many people do you think have understood that when we say "30 minutes to landing", it is actually landing right now :mrgreen:
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Patteroast » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:26 pm UTC

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Practical applications already!
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:26 pm UTC

Planet-bending! It's the future, I tell ya!
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby HAL9000 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:26 pm UTC

sdnelso2 wrote:For some reason, I'm stuck at the 2hr image. Glad I can see the live ones here!

I am stuck at the 2hr frame as well. Odd.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby taixzo » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:26 pm UTC

NASA is awake!
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:28 pm UTC

And anxious.
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby HES » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:29 pm UTC

kenmelken wrote:I'm certainly glad for this thread. My work internet filters the active content on the actual comic, so this is my only way to see the updates.

Seconded. That and I have actual work to do, so can't watch constantly.

XonqNopp wrote:How many people do you think have understood that when we say "30 minutes to landing", it is actually landing right now :mrgreen:
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Schumi » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:29 pm UTC

US scientists have had their coffee. Maybe too much though as they're anxious now.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Quercus » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:30 pm UTC

HES wrote:
kenmelken wrote:I'm certainly glad for this thread. My work internet filters the active content on the actual comic, so this is my only way to see the updates.

Seconded. That and I have actual work to do, so can't watch constantly.


I also have actual work to do - that doesn't mean actual work is getting done though.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Patteroast » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:30 pm UTC

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I was wondering how Randall was going to handle the wait between when landing actually happens and when we hear about what happened back here on Earth...
Even the whales are anxious!
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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:30 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Planet-bending! It's the future, I tell ya!


The ESA set the bar too high with that video. I'm not sure anything they find1 will manage to up the future that video promised us.


1 Except for Spacewhales.

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Klear » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:31 pm UTC

Oh god 14 pages already.

I just opened the comic for the first time: Time until landing: 15 minutes.

Fuck yea!

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Re: 1446: "Landing"

Postby Bongle » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:31 pm UTC

It'd be pretty cool if after the landing, it goes to illustrating the light cone of the radio'd result heading back towards earth and starts a new countdown.
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