If you read science fiction, or even if you don’t, you may be interested in real space and astronomy stuff. I’ve been hooked on Paul Willett’s (aka momdude) blog since I discovered him doing Chuck’s flash fiction challenge. Special this coming week is his visit to the NASA Armstrong Research Centre. Follow the blog, follow his tweets, or whatever… just follow him!

I’m linking you to his post of last Wednesday, which of course was when the European Space Agency’s Philae landed on the Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  Read on for details of his visit to Armstrong, and also the NASA JPL for the Orion launch.

On A Freakin’ Comet! (And Another NASA Social!)

If you were watching any of my tweets today, or if you follow any of the usual space & astronomy news channels, you know that the ESA’s Philae lander successfully detached from the Rosetta spacecraft and soft landed on Comet 67P.

In case you have any doubt — This. Was. Huge….. read on


Picture from ESA via BBC news.

Science Fiction – no, Science Fact!
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3 thoughts on “Science Fiction – no, Science Fact!

  • 16 November, 2014 at 11:04 am

    The story unfolded grandly – as Momdude reveals in another post here: http://pauljwillett.com/2014/11/15/robots-tears/

    The cartoon at the end probably holds the answert to his question… Star Trek 1’s V-ger is another… Read the post to find out what I’m talking about!

  • 16 November, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Was following this closely and was amazed by it. The shame of it is that Philae landed on a part of the comet in the shade and has had to shut down because the solar panels don’t get enough light. I hope they will be able to get it into the sun, but the information received so far is amazing!

    • 16 November, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      What would be spectacular is if it suddenly gets enough light to recharge those batteries and springs back into life before the comet goes round the sun 🙂

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