The descent of Philae lander toward the comet in Tweets

Editor’s note:  The internet is changing how we communicate.

“On Wednesday, at 4:05 a.m. Eastern time, the 220-pound lander, named Philae, detached from the Rosetta spacecraft and was pulled downward by the gravity of the comet, known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Signals from Rosetta will take nearly 30 minutes to travel more than 300 million miles to mission control in Darmstadt, Germany,” the New York Times is reporting this morning.

Here is the full descent, updated as recorded on the Twitter account of the lander @Philae2014 and its parent spacecraft, @ESA_Rosetta. The article is here. Here are some highlights:

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

One thought on “The descent of Philae lander toward the comet in Tweets”

  1. What a mind boggling technical feat.
    And how interesting that P lander subscribes to a blog based right here in our foothills. Makes one proud. If the lander-Pelline communication link holds, let’s ask how to take a sharp photo of an object going 34,000 mph. I can’t even get a shot of my cats in action without blurring.

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