13 September 2019

Video of the day -- the comet

Europe's Rosetta space probe and its Philae lander spent two years studying comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  This video is assembled from images sent back by the mission.  Yes, you're looking at the landscape of a comet.  (The flat rectangular thing at around 0:40 is one of Rosetta's solar panels.)  Well worth fullscreen.  Found via Miss Cellania.


Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Too cool!
Also, why is it that more people are not using Vimeo?


13 September, 2019 11:42  
Blogger Evi Erlinda said...

Wonderful video!
The comet seems a piece un-shape rock.

13 September, 2019 13:47  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Sixpence: I wish more people did use Vimeo. It's not healthy for YouTube to have a near-monopoly. I guessmore people use YouTube because it has the biggest established audience, so it's a self-sustaining thing.

Evi: Thanks! Yes, it's so small its gravity isn't strong enough to pull it into a sphere, so it's basically just a big chunk of rock and ice.

13 September, 2019 14:46  
Blogger Victor said...


JUST WOW!!!!!!!!

13 September, 2019 19:57  
Anonymous Renard Moreau said...

🙂 Comets are never boring.

I respect them because they are capable of wiping out an entire civilization!

14 September, 2019 02:06  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Victor: It's impressive🙂

Renard: Fortunately our space program is reaching the point where our civilization is capable of wiping out an entire comet, if that eventuality arises.

14 September, 2019 17:04  

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