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Old 12th November 2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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Now that's some fancy driving - some of us have trouble navigating to Neah Bay State Park or parallel parking an SUV

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I dunno, kinda big deal, doncha think?
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Old 12th November 2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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Now that's some fancy driving - some of us have trouble navigating to Neah Bay State Park or parallel parking an SUV

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I dunno, kinda big deal, doncha think?
Especially with a 28 min response lag (500 million km away from home!)
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I was looking all day long at esa.int
Fantastic achievement for mankind !

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I got out of space due to not having the patience, but to think that mission was conceived 25-30 years ago, took 10 years to build, 10 years to get there and they hope to get 60 hours of science from the probe. I take my hat off to the guys working on it, as today they could have litterally seen their whole careers go phoot.
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On the news here they said this feat is right up there with Gagarin's space flight and the first moon landing.

I see no reason to disagree.
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10 years from launch and all systems function properly upon landing. Pretty amazing.
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Well "our" aerospace technology has certainly advanced orders of magnitudes in the past 5 decades, but considering just the navigational math and timing involved, I think pretty much most of what'd been accomplished during that time - even the Mars landings, was kid's play compared to this.

But then, I ain't no rocket scientist
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Well "our" aerospace technology has certainly advanced orders of magnitudes in the past 5 decades, but considering just the navigational math and timing involved, I think pretty much most of what'd been accomplished during that time - even the Mars landings, was kid's play compared to this.
Ain't that the truth, Did you see this video Where is Rosetta?
(had to update my video drivers) What a game of billiards, looks like they used the old "gravitational slingshot" 3 or 4 times.
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10 years from launch and all systems function properly upon landing. Pretty amazing.

I think it took one system reboot near approach time - good thing they didn't decide to upgrade their OS to W8 or Yosemite along the way.

you know, "we" can catch up with a pretty fast moving target (55,000 kmph?) after 10yrs of inter-planetary gymnastics, orbit it, land a clothes-washer sized package of robotic electronic instruments, and communicate test data home - but woe to the fool who tries to update the OS on their iPhone
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