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Comet seen up close

This is so cool!!!

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From PC Mag:

“After ten years, five months and four days travelling towards our destination, looping around the Sun five times and clocking up 6.4 billion kilometers, we are delighted to announce finally ‘we are here,’” says Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General in a statement.

Over the next few months, Rosetta will attempt to close in on a near-circular orbit of 30 km (around 18.6 miles; basically nothing in space scales) before attempting to send a lander (dubbed” Philae”) onto the comet where it will take direct scientific measurements.

The Rosetta team has identified five possible landing sites on the comet and plans to settle on one by the middle of October, after which the agency will attempt to land the Philae lander in mid-November.

Comets are often described as “dirty snowballs,” which make highly oblique orbits around the Sun. While they are tiny in comparison to the size of the Earth, they have had an outsized effect in the development of our planet and possibly of life itself.

It is thought that comets helped create the watery Earth we know and love today (and may also have carried over of the vital ingredients which lead to the creation of life in the first place). Further along in our planet’s development comet impacts may have also been the cause for at least a few of our planet’s occasional mass extinctions.

By |2014-08-08T21:28:10-04:00August 8th, 2014|Science|Comments Off on Comet seen up close

MTP – Colin Powell, close Gitmo

Again, this is why I like General Powell. General Powell will be one of those figures in American history that will have historians scratching their heads. He seems to be an honest straight shooter. His whole career seems to underline this fact. Then there is his UN speech. The most important speech in a generation and he dropped the ball. I personally believe that General Powell is a soldier first. If your Commander and Chief asks you to do something you do it, to the best of your ability. That’s the only way that I can explain what happened.

Powell is very practical about Gitmo. Close it. It harms our reputation. Hold those prisoners in US prisons. Let the US courts handle the prisoners. Now, it will be very hard for the Bush, Cheney crowd to say that Colin Powell hasn’t seen the intelligence because he has. It will be hard for them to say that he doesn’t understand the problem because it is clear that he does. Where’s Bartlett, Bush’s personal hit man. The Bush Administration will send Cheney out to combat what Powell has said. Maybe they will send Tony Snow but they will respond because that is their way.

By |2007-06-10T20:48:05-04:00June 10th, 2007|Bush Administration, Iraq, Sunday Morning Shows|Comments Off on MTP – Colin Powell, close Gitmo
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