After two years orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta orbiter met its end Friday morning. But the spacecraft did useful science to the last, delivering data packets as it slowly crashed into a particularly active area of the comet. Now its signal has been lost, indicating that the spacecraft has finally rejoined its ill-fated lander Philae, which was recently located after dying and evading detection for nearly two years after its historic landing on the comet’s surface.
OK. Why did we do that?
No, that’s not the reason:
[W]hile we’re sad to see Rosetta go, there’s no denying that the mission has been a huge success. Researchers have used the orbiter’s data to help disprove a long-held hypothesis that Earth’s water might have been carried to the newborn planet by comets. But the discovery of certain life-giving organic molecules suggests that comets such as 67P may have seeded our planet in other ways. Even after Rosetta dies, researchers will continue poring over the orbiter’s data for months and years.
So the denier lives until he’s 75. That seems to encourage denial, which I don’t think is the point of the cartoon.
How about this to scare you:
Right now, there are eight tropical storms happening on the planet. One is about to hit Japan and two are headed in the direction of Hawaii. Four are hurricanes (typhoons, cyclones, whatever you want to call them). Notice how they’re all around the red band? That’s because the oceans are warming and that allows the storms to build.
We are on track for the hottest year in recorded history. The coasts are going to be underwater sooner than you realize.
Just ask the people in Louisiana.
This seems to be the plot of “The Matrix.” And given the weirdness of some of the things happening today, maybe it is a simulation.
This looks more impressive than the last one.
A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. The series of test images shows the fully illuminated “dark side” of the moon that is never visible from Earth.
(Via Compound Interest)
And here’s another tidbit on the Juno mission:
Let’s go for the complete Jovian experience while we’re at it.