Ground-breaking comet landing just days away

With its groundbreaking comet-landing attempt just days away, Philae is making headlines around the world. Here is our little contribution to the Rosetta mania. Do you know why was the lander named after an ancient Egyptian obelisk? And how difficult is it to land a spacecraft in a place millions of kilometers away that no one has even seen before? And what does it take to fit a room full of equipment into a payload the size of a shoe-box?

We spoke with Rosetta scientist Gerhard Schwehm about the upcoming challenges and asked Martin Whalley, from RAL Space, what it took to design the Ptolemy instrument.

National Trust’s James Grasby explained why the link between an ancient Egyptian obelisk and a 21st century spacecraft may not be as far-fetched as may seem.

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  1. Reblogged this on Tereza Pultarova and commented:
    Philae is about to land on comet 67P later this week. Here is our little contribution to the Rosetta-mania. Did you know why was Philae named after an ancient Egyptian obelisk? How tricky is the landing? And how to fit a room of scientific equipment into one shoe-box sized instrument? Rosetta Mission ESA – European Space Agency

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